Advisor Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health
As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
The GIZ program “Improving Healthcare in Tanzania” aims to improve the performance of the health system in the partner regions Mbeya and Tanga, in particular through digitization of key work processes and capacity development of its key players to plan and provide essential health services.
The programme works with regional and district authorities and selected health facilities in Mbeya and Tanga to enhance and expand their obstetric and newborn care services and make basic and comprehensive emergency care available. In addition, newly established newborn care units at district and health centre
level will provide special care to critical babies. Family planning options for women are expanded and integrated into other services at health centres and hospitals to reach women in particular in the post-partum period.
The program is looking to fill the position of an Advisor for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH)
Duty station: Dar es Salaam
Terms of the Contract: Fixed term contract
- Ensure that the Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCCAH) activities implemented by the project are evidence-based and in line with applicable national and international guidelines
- Communicate with and engage relevant authorities that project activities are in line with national strategic plans including One Health III, reporting requirements and applicable approval processes
- Increase partner collaboration and project visibility at national and subnational level through active engagement in relevant technical working groups and tasks forces in support of the implementation of the Sector Wide Approach and engage in partner networks such as the WHO-led Quality of Care Network or the International Partnership for maternal, newborn and child health
- Integrate the (Maternal and Neonatal Health & Family Planning (MNH&FP) component within the organization, particularly with other project components such as digitalization and governance and GIZ wide technical networks and knowledge management platforms.
- Provide overall technical support in the field of Sexual, Reproductive and Newborn Health, in particular to establishing Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EMONC) as well as care for the sick newborn to the project
- Development of operational, monitoring and evaluation plans, workflows, processes and other implementation materials for the Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) and Family Planning (FP) activities that are based on available evidence and in line with applicable national and international guidelines and address the gaps identified by previously conducted assessment missions together with the team lead and contractors
- On demand, support the implementation of EMONC activities (e.g. as TOT for mentors)
- Support the team leader in recruitment and management of the international contractor who will implement the MNH&FP activities, contributing to the tender process and acting as the technical liaison person mediating and facilitating between the project’s activities, facility staff and further stakeholders
- Actively drive collaboration and communication of GIZ with other stakeholders in the area and contribute to ongoing discussions on Sexual, Reproductive and Newborn Health in relevant technical working groups and partner networks such as the WHO-led Quality Care Network on national but also on subnational and facility level
- Develop productive relationships and provide strategic, evidence-based advice for the further development of One Plan III and its implementation in respective national fora
- Design, implement (if possible) and collaborate on monitoring, evaluation and research activities in the area of MNH&FP including evaluation of the triage card for newborn care, and operational research on provider behaviour and attitudes
- Within the project, participate in meetings and communications as needed to ensure that the MNH&FP component of the project is well integrated with other project components (digital, governance) and engage in GIZ internal technical networks and knowledge management platforms. Contribute and draw up briefing notes, brief summaries, reports and presentation documents and contribute to other tasks and processes as needed.
- Frequent travel may be required
Required qualifications, competences and experience
- Medical Doctor (gyn/obs/ general medicine), experienced Midwife or equivalent medical qualification with a documented qualification in RMNCH
- Masters’ degree in public health or equivalent health related
- Training in monitoring, evaluation and research methods
- Desirable: Training in statistical analysis or epidemiology
- At least 8 years of professional experience, of these
- At least 4 years clinical work in gynaecology/obstetrics and sexual and reproductive health (inch family planning)
- And four years of implementing maternal, neonatal, child health programmes and family planning, two of them in a senior position
- At least 3 years of advisory work on policy and framework development in an international organisation (UN, NGO, bilateral implementer)
- Desirable: experience in Development Cooperation/Aid projects, particularly in advisory roles
- Desirable: demonstrated working experience in conducting programme/project assessments/evaluations in the public health sector in Tanzania
- Experience with international tender processes and working with contractors as an asset
Other knowledge, additional competences
- Sound understanding of the health sector in Tanzania, preferably with existing network from government, academia and development partners
- Ability to critically assess situations using available data and develop targeted implementations
- Proven ability to work in an international team
- Excellent business language skills, both in Swahili and English
- Outgoing personality with excellent networking skills
Interested candidates should send their letter of application together with the CV and copies of academic certificates by email to [email protected].
Please use the subject line “Advisor RMNCAH”.
Applications in hard copy will not be accepted.
Closing date for submission: 20.03.2020
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
GIZ Tanzania is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their gender, origin, religion/belief, disability or any other minority group.