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Specialist MNCH


Position: Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) Specialist

Location: National Office

Purpose of the position

To provide maternal newborn & child health (MNCH) technical expertise and support to World Vision Zambia in order to ensure high quality programming, that is consistent with World Vision partnership child well-being outcomes, WHO, UNICEF and government policies and regulations.

Major Responsibilities

Technical Programme Support

  • Support the development and updating, selection and/or adoption of guidelines, tools, models and protocols to aid programme implementation.

  • Ensure that World Vision Staff and community volunteers understand MNCH standards.

  • Provide technical support to area programmes in MNCH for effective implementation.

  • Support in the design and implementation review of technical program interventions.

  • Assess and support AP quality activity implementation to ensure that the programme is within scope, time and budget.

  • Ensure that MNCH information, education and communication (IEC) materials are in place for effective implementation.

  • Ensure recommended technical program models are contextualized for effective implementation in the Area Programme.

  • Participate actively in the preparation of all MNCH focused funding proposals, including government, bilateral and multilateral grants, PNS projects and corporate donors for the MNCH programme.

People Management

  • Facilitate Training of Trainers (TOT) of partners, WVZ technical program staff, other stakeholders to ensure effective implementation.

  • Support staff orientation and participate in building capacity of technical staff through coaching and mentoring for increased/enhanced competency.

  • Provide input in performance appraisal of technical programme staff for increased accountability.

Networking, Collaboration and Liaison

  • Represent WVZL in various key meetings including Technical Working Group (TWG) for alignment of National priorities.

  • Build and maintain relationship with internal and external partners/stakeholders for enhanced collaboration and sustainability.

  • Support the development of Advocacy/Policy Reform campaigns and priorities for MNCH based programming.

Programme Effectiveness and Quality Assurance

  • Support the Technical Program Manager in ensuring the quality implementation of MNCH project models such as Integrated Community Case Management, Community Newborn Care, Caring for Child Health Growth, Community and Health Facility Systems Strengthening and Citizen Voice and Action.

  • Facilitate technical capacity building for staff on MNCH programming models to improve quality of interventions.

  • Develop and deliver appropriate MNCH model trainings for World Vision staff and community members.

  • Support research/Studies on technical program related topics and produce technical briefs for sharing with key stakeholders.

  • Participate and review data collection tools in conducting research/studies to generate lessons learnt for programme improvement.

  • Utilize and adapt learning from monitoring and evaluation processes to inform programming.

  • Consolidate and review monthly, quarterly and annual reports for timely submission.

  • Ensure all emerging industry technical standards are captured, documented and shared across Area Programmes.

Qualifications/Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a health related discipline such as Public Health, Medicine, Nursing and Nutrition with minimum 5 years’ experience or related field with a strong health technical background.

  • Master’s Degree in the relevant field or its equivalent is an added advantage with minimum 2 years’ experience in the relevant field

  • Experience in a complex, international organisation preferably NGO context

  • Knowledge and understanding of World Vision operations would be an added advantage,

  • Experience in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and report writing essential

  • Must have excellent communications, interpersonal, analytical, decision making, conflict management, negotiation, networking, liaison and donor engagement skills

  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment and functional teams.

  • Computer literate in Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Mature and Committed Christian, able to inspire others to World Vision Core Values, Vision and Mission Statement.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Office-based 40% : field 60%

  • Travel: international as required.