Child Health and Immunization Advisor

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • nil ZMW / YEAR
  • Applications have closed

Save the Children International

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY  

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Our Vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.  In Zambia, Save the Children works in the following Thematic areas: Education, Health& Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty; including Humanitarian response.  Save the Children wishes to invite qualified individuals to apply for the following position:

Position:   Child Health and Immunization Advisor – (x 1 Position)  Re- Advertised)

Duty Station:   Lusaka-based -Zambia

Role Purpose: The Child Health and Immunisation Advisor, in collaboration with two designated Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) Provincial Child Health and Immunisation Advisors, will work closely with the relevant units at all levels of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and with respective implementing partners to plan, implement and evaluate Child Health and Immunisation interventions in target districts in Central and Northern provinces. The Child Health and Immunisation Advisor will be based in Lusaka with frequent travel to provinces.

The incumbent will be reporting to :  MCGL Project Lead

Role Dimensions: The Child Health and Immunisation Advisor will provide direct technical support to MCGL’s Provincial TA Leads, in collaboration with national and provincial health teams, to plan, implement and monitor integrated Child Health and Immunization activities. The Advisor will support provincial level staff to ensure program deliverables are achieved in a timely manner, consistent with the activity work plan.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Technical Leadership

  • Coordinate and provide integrated technical support to the MOH and MCGL Provincial Teams to implement key Child Health and Immunisation activities within existing reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) provincial and district annual plans, identifying and addressing gaps;
  • Support Provincial Coordinators to provide technical assistance and capacity building to provinces and districts with a comprehensive focus on interventions that help children thrive through the prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses e.g Early Childhood Development (ECD), Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) and the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in coordination with RMN advisor.
  • Collaborate with the MOH to ensure the technical integrity and quality of program implementation at all levels;
  • Build capacity of provincial MOH staff and MCGL Teams to improve Child Health and Immunisation service delivery and quality, using proven training approaches, mentorship and quality improvement methodologies and strategies;
  • In collaboration with MCGL provincial teams, provide on-the-job training, follow-up support, and clinical mentoring to target facilities;
  • Play a key role in the strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of activities to improve Child Health and Immunisation services;
  • Maintain strategic relationships with the MOH provincial and district teams and other relevant stakeholders for the smooth implementation of program activities;
  • Provide TA to Child Health and Immunisation trainings, meetings and workshops at the national, provincial, and district levels, as relevant to the program.

Management

  • Coordinate with relevant Child Health and Immunisation/ RMNCAH technical advisors and programmatic staff working on other public and donor funded programs (i.e. FHN,G2G and PeACE), to minimize duplication and support learning across programs;
  • Contribute to the analysis, synthesis, and reporting of program outputs and results in close collaboration with the M&E team, and ensure incorporation of lessons learned into ongoing implementation;
  • Provide technical assistance to Quality Improvement Advisors and District Health Officers on Child Health and Immunisations;
  • Represent MCGL at Government of Republic of Zambia (GRZ), MOH and other relevant stakeholder meetings and conferences, as may be appropriate;
  • Contribute to the development of annual work plans and budgets, training plans, quarterly reports and other reports as required;
  • Ensure the timeliness and quality of all reporting;

The post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

 QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Clinician, midwife or post-diploma nurse with a post-graduate degree, public health degree or equivalent combination of training and experience;
  • At least five years of relevant work experience in successfully implementing Child Health and Immunisation programs;
  • Familiarity with evidence-based Child Health and Immunisation interventions and best practices that are the focus of this project;
  • Previous working relationships within USAID programs and with key multilateral agencies, bilateral donors and academic institutions;
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-faceted health development program in collaboration with national MOH personnel and local and international partners;
  • A demonstrated track record in providing mentorship and supervision to strengthen healthcare services, training and use of quality improvement approaches;
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform;
  • Ability to work independently and also as a team leader/member with diverse team of partners and counterparts;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written and presentation);
  • Excellent computer skills and experience working with Microsoft Office applications;
  • English fluency (verbal and written) required;
  •  Ability to travel to the provinces 50% of the time.

Child safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.

How to Apply: follow the link here.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 8th April  2022. Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Save the Children reserves the right to re advertise if suitable applicants are not found.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.


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