Maternal Health Specialist – UNFPA – Freetown, Sierra Leone
Main Tasks & Responsibilities
- Providing technical assistance to ensure quality implementation in the area of EmOC and MDSR as formulated in the UNFPA country programme supported activities;
- Providing technical assistance to national partners to scale-up quality health services to ensure universal access to MH/FP/SRH/EmOC/MDSR and skilled attendance at delivery;
- Advising the country office to address the urgent need to scale up EmOC and MDSR services, including training of skilled health workers, procurement of medical/non-medical equipment, infrastructure upgrade and related HMIS/LMIS;
- Supporting national, regional and district level implementing partners in advocacy activities for inclusion of EmOC and MDSR services in national, regional and district development plans and sector reforms;
- Maintaining and fostering partnerships with UN agencies, especially H6, and other partners in the technical area of RH/EmOC/MDSR for advancement of knowledge;
- Developing and managing substantive knowledge sharing partnerships and collaborations with other UN agencies, including in the context of the UNDAF and UNFPA Strategic Plan;
- Assisting and advising the country office in leveraging resources for SRH in general and for EmOC and MDSR in particular, from government, donors and development partners;
- Identifying, developing and/or adapting training materials and manuals in focus areas to ensure their availability for capacity development;
- Analysing and synthesising trends and research in the area of SRH-EmOC-MDSR and unsafe abortion, to produce technical knowledge;
- Advocating for the incorporation of evaluation results and lessons learned in the updating of strategies and approaches, in order to improve the effectiveness of UNFPA operations;
- Promoting UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution in the changing development agenda;
- Consolidating and documenting good practices with a focus on EmOC and MDSR.
Qualifications and Experience
- Advanced university degree in Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery or other related fields.
Knowledge and Experience
- Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience with strong technical knowledge in the management of maternal health/SRH programmes;
- Demonstrated ability to refine programme design to ensure alignment of programme objectives to national priorities and capacities;
- Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results;
- Extensive knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated reproductive health programming;
- Demonstrated ability to work with governments, network within the academic and development community.
- Fluency in English.
Closing date for applications 31 January 2020 before midnight.
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