• Newborn and Child Health Advisor

    Location GT
    Posted Date 4 months ago(10/30/2018 5:36 PM)
    Job ID
    International Positions
  • Overview

    In close coordination with the Technical Director, the Newborn and Child Health Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the area of newborn and child health interventions for an anticipated USAID-funded nutrition, maternal and child health (MCH), and family planning (FP) project in Guatemala. This integrated project aims to achieve significant and sustainable improvements in nutrition and health outcomes of select municipalities of the Western Highlands which will result in reductions of stunting, anemia, micronutrient deficiencies, and maternal and child morbidity and mortality in both prevalence and severity. The project will operate over a five-year period.


    The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of project strategies and activities around newborn and child health in an integrate manner with other areas of the project, especially with the maternal health. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence.


    This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Guatemalan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Required Qualifications

    • In close collaboration with the Technical Director and other related technical people, provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities around newborn and child health
    • Provide direct technical assistance to develop, implement and strengthen strategic, technically and programmatically effective approaches to achieve increased use and quality of newborn and child health services.
    • Ensure that newborn and child health activities are technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the needs of USAID, the MOH, and consequently to the Guatemala population.
    • Provide technical leadership in policy dialogues and in technical and policy engagement, including representing the project in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations focused on newborn and child health.
    • Cultivate strategic relationships with government ministries, USAID, and other stakeholders for the smooth implementation of program activities, and ensure that all activities conform to requirements and regulations.
    • Work with M&E staff to design and implement a plan to track data/results related to newborn and child health activities to inform adjustments in project implementation, and to document program results.
    • Guide the analysis, synthesis, and reporting of program outputs and results in close collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation team.
    • Support trainings, meetings, and workshops relative to newborn and child health at the national, regional, district and community levels.
    • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs. Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, IEC materials, job aids, curricula, and supervisory systems needed for implementation of the project.
    • Support advocacy activities for newborn and child survival at the national, regional, district and community levels, developing strategies to promote newborn survival and child health as a national priority.
    • Liaise with headquarters-based program and technical team members on a regular basis to review program implementation and discuss any program management issues.
    • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, and supportive supervision.
    • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted newborn and child health interventions.
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify facility and community-based service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services.
    • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address newborn and child health service delivery gaps.
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for newborn and child health.
    • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences.
    • Supervise technical staff.
    • Manage technical contributions of subgrantees, including defining scopes of work.
    • Together with project leadership, provide technical leadership to the development of the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with the MOH, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Medical degree, preferably with training and/or experience in pediatrics and neonatology, and advanced training in public health or other relevant training.
    • At least ten years of direct experience designing and implementing newborn and child health programs, particularly in a developing country setting.
    • Demonstrated ability to work on a complex, multi-intervention health development program in collaboration with national health ministries and international partners.
    • Prior experience providing technical leadership for advocacy and policy formulation, including development of norms and management protocols related to newborn and child health.
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Guatemalan healthcare system, particularly the public health system; experience living and working in Guatemala preferred.
    • Significant experience in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Demonstrated experience training healthcare workers on newborn and child health.
    • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels.
    • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in newborn and child health necessary for strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-levels.
    • Familiarity with USAID’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems.
    • Proven track record managing a team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work.
    • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with colleagues, USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector.
    • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts.
    • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in Spanish required; fluency in English preferred; and fluency in one or more local languages in Guatemala is preferred.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
    • Ability to travel nationally to project sites approximately 50% of the time.


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