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Nov 25, 2016

Save the Children Maternal and Newborn Health Officer Job in Bungoma, Kenya

Save the Children
International Programs

Maternal and Newborn Health Officer – Kenya Country Office
Team / Programme: Signature Programme

Location:  Bungoma
Grade: 4

Post Type: National
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
Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

By Feb 2013, we will have completed a second transition, which will see us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 

Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Meru and Wajir – with plans to expand into Bungoma and Turkana in 2014. 

We work through partners in many other parts of the country. By February 2014, we will have a staff complement of around 300 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$25 million
SCI Kenya is in the process of implementing a signature maternal and newborn health (MNH) programme that is expected to significantly contribute to achievement of Kenya’s MDG 4 and 5 targets. 

The programmatic model will actualize continuum of care approach mixed with an integrated package of quick wins, a minimum community health care package and a strengthened health system approach to maternal and newborn health programming across Save the Children’s Theory of Change. 

Save the Children will work with the government of Kenya at both national and county levels and communities to address the maternal and neonatal health challenges in the country in a way that would deliver significant impacts for women and children by the end of the 5 year period
Scope of Role: The MNH supervisor has overall responsibility for working with the county MoH to ensure the availability and readiness of health facilities to provide quality maternal and newborn health services which are responsive to the needs and expectations of the target community.
Reports to: Maternal and New born Health Coordinator(MNH-C) - Bungoma

Staff directly reporting to this post:  Clinical Assistant

Key Areas of Accountability
Programme implementation
  • Support the roll-out of the MNH clinical mentorship programme for Busia county to improve quality of MNH services at facility level
  • Work with the county clinical mentorship team to ensure that MNH services are available in all health facilities and that the necessary commodities, job aids and protocols and equipment are available to support provision of the services
  • Work with the county clinical mentorship team to provide training and on-site coaching/ supervision of facility- and community-level health cadres in EmONC and Essential Newborn Care to improve quality of services
  • Organizing and rolling out training and capacity building initiatives for health workers including the Harmonised EMONC curriculum and MPDSR
  • Plan, organise and facilitate MNH related trainings including infection prevention, Community Midwives training, Commodity management, Jamii smart, Facility Management Committee in collaboration with the MNH-C
  • Work with the county and sub county HMTs to institute quality of care mechanisms within the supported health facilities. 
  • Ensure close collaboration with various professional groups and non-governmental organisations active in MNH to facilitate learning and model best practice.
  • Facilitate dissemination and use of MNH protocols ,guidelines and job Aids in all the targeted facilities
  • Facilitate and support CME program in all the supported health facilities
  • Perform other tasks as and when assigned by the MNH - C.
Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning
  • Conduct Technical Support Visits to the health facilities together with the county mentorship team to ensure that maternal and child health services are being provided according to national standards and protocols
  • Participate in planning, coordination and execution of M&E activities such as surveys, monthly and quarterly follow up and quality assurance
  • Compile reports as per programme schedule and participate in documentation of activities within a stipulated deadline
  • Ensure proper documentation of achievements, lessons learnt, and best practices throughout the program implementation.
  • Support the development of work plans, reporting and monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Participates and represents SCI in various health coordination forums and at work meetings with partners at field level when necessary.
Qualifications and Experience
  • A registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or Diploma in a related field (Nursing, Midwifery) with experience in maternal and newborn health
  • At least 5 years’ experience supporting MNH programmes including experience working with the MoH
  • Up-to-date knowledge on maternal and newborn health including EmONC, essential newborn care, IMCI, focused ANC, malaria, immunization, supervision and quality improvement systems
  • Training and support supervision experience in MNH programmes strongly preferred
  • Previous experience working in the region strongly preferred
  • Computer literacy, particularly in Microsoft Office Word, Excel Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Strong representational and communication skills
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and to Save the Children’s vision, mission and values.
  • Understanding of child rights programming.
1. Leading
  • Delivering Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Developing Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.
2. Thinking
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
  • Applying Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
3. Engaging
  • Working Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
Other Desired Competencies
  • Has high-level communication skills’, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili (both spoken and written). Working knowledge of local language preferred
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Maintains and extends an effective network of individuals within the organisation and with government and development partners
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities and solutions
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Proven ability to work in a team.
How to Apply
The application process is now open and will close on Thursday 8th December 2016  

To apply for these position visit the SCI Kenya Website:  

The system allows CVs & Cover letter as One(1) document.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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