Position Title: Technical officer MNCH/FP
Reporting to: Executive Director, Gold Star Kenya
Gold Star Kenya (GS Kenya) is a non-governmental organization established in 2010. GS Kenya implements health-related projects across the country and has its headquarters in Nairobi. The position is based in Nakuru County. The project aims to provide technical assistance and support to scale up evidence-based maternal, newborn, and child health interventions; family planning and reproductive health services; and nutrition activities.
Provide technical leadership in the implementation of RMNCH/FP activities.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide overall technical guidance and leadership for implementation of activities within the FP/RMNCAH technical area including joint support supervision on MNCAH/RH/FP services to the health facilities together with Health managers
- Contribute to the capacity building of the project staff and MOH competences in FP/RMNCAH knowledge and skills including mentorship, coaching, OJT, and regular updates
- Work with Division of Family Health to develop and review policies, tools, and strategies to improve access to FP/MNH interventions
- Coordinating nutrition activities in collaboration with nutrition expert for women and children aged below 5years. These include HiNi assessments and follow up on action plans, nutrition assessments and counselling (NACs) and community BFCI.
- Review and analyze data for performance monitoring of the FP/MNCAH program and utilize the data to take corrective actions through monthly and quarterly data review meetings at the sub counties and facility levels.
- In collaboration with other team members, preparation of quarterly and annual reports as expected by the funding agency
- Provide leadership in writing of abstracts for conferences and manuscripts for publication
- Planning, Conducting, evaluation and follow up of trainings, sensitizing and orientation in Nakuru County on BeMONC, AYSRH and FP among other trainings.
- Capacity building in Emergency Obstetric Care in both Basic and Comprehensive care facilities
- Provide guidance and support to county staff to coordinate and link initiatives of other partners in supporting health facilities in service delivery
- Represent the project in national and county technical committees including TWGs and stakeholders’ meetings in relation to RMNCAH programming
- In collaboration with staff, prepare and track the progress of program and activity budgets
- Supporting facilities to improve quality of service delivery through QA/QI approaches by monitoring and tracking key indicators in RMNCAH
- Jointly with SCHMTs, plan and coordinate community mobilization for RMNCAH services demand creation as well as implementation of the integrated outreaches in hard-to-reach areas.
- Identification and tracking of pregnant women in the community through National Government Administrative structures (NGAO) with the aim of improving demand creation and uptake of maternal Health services (ANC uptake and Skilled Birth Attendance) to reduce maternal and perinatal mortalities
- Provide technical guidance in QA/QI in RMNCAH service delivery. This include identification, tracking and evaluation of sub-optimally performing indicators in maternal and newborn health
- Support formation and operationalization of MPDSR committees at facility and community levels
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS STANDARDS
- Bachelor’s degree (added advantage) in relevant field with 3-5 years’ relevant experience in successful field implementation of RH/FP programs in Kenya.
- Must be a Registered Clinical Officer/ Nurse
- At least 3-5 years’ experience in successful field implementation of RH/FP programs in Kenya
- Demonstrated skills in designing and rolling out GoK-endorsed approaches that result in improved uptake of services for family planning, reproductive health and maternal health
- Strong writing skills, including writing of reports
- Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines, and intense pressure to perform; ability to manage several major multidimensional activities simultaneously.
- Ability to travel extensively to supported sites.
- Ability to recognize limitations and seek appropriate expert
- Experience conducting training and capacity building related to data quality, data dissemination and information use (DDIU), and other M&E related issues for health facility staff, community projects and others.
- Skills in conducting data quality audits and coaching for improved data performance.
- Knowledge of different data collection approaches for facility- and community-based health project work.
- Experience working on U.S. government or other large donor-funded projects preferred.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word, advanced Excel, and PowerPoint).
- Knowledge and skills in online reporting platforms and/or statistical packages.
Gold Star Kenya has a competitive compensation package and is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply via email to: GSKenya-HR@goldstarkenya.org. We do not ask for money at any stage of recruitment. The application should include a cover letter and CV/resume saved in one folder pdf to be received not later than 28th July 2020.
Kindly note that only shortlisted persons will be contacted.