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Job Description:

MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working in more than 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.  We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Senior Child Health/Immunization Advisor for the 5-year Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT) in Afghanistan. This project will provide capacity building to partners and contracted health service providers to plan, manage, monitor, and evaluate the introduction, scale-up, and sustainability of high-impact FP/MNCH interventions in Afghanistan.

The Sr Child Health/Immunization Advisor will provide the overall strategic framework, technical support, guidance, and leadership for child health and immunization, including Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, Community Case Management, the promotion of infant and young child nutrition, and related activities. S/he will follow national-level policy on the implementation of child health programs at the facility and community levels, and advocate for piloting new strategies, especially at the community level. The Snr Advisor will take responsibility for developing and coordinating the quality and integrated health services delivery project’s approach to achieving desired results in districts with large numbers of unimmunized children. In collaboration with the Principal Advisor Integrated Health Services/RMNCAH s/he will provide technical support and supervision to the field support and implementation team, including designing strategies to promote an integrated approach to child health services at community and health facility levels. The Advisor will work with counterparts and stakeholders to identify the areas of the country for priority project attention, to assemble and/or adapt child health and immunization program resources (i.e., human resources, training materials and management tools for health workers and managers, local area monitoring guides, etc.) according to existing norms and internationally-recognized best practices,  that will then be used by Regional Teams to address the performance problems of facilities. In addition, s/he will provide leadership in the area of capacity building for central and provincial NGO staff in the planning and management of integrated and quality child health services.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Coordinate with MoPH, UHI and other stakeholders the AFIAT activities contributing to awareness raising, infection prevention and vaccination related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as defined by the AFIAT work plan.
  2. Coordinate with and assist NGO health service providers to further the child survival agenda at the national and provincial levels, including but not limited to the areas of case management for diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, fever and malaria; nutrition; immunization; EPI; IEC/BCC; reproductive health; HMIS; monitoring and evaluation.
  3. Lead the development and documentation of effective tools and approaches for quality child health and immunization services, and maintain an inventory of successful strategies and approaches
  4. Coordinate the USAID/AFIAT child health activities closely with WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and other UN agencies involved in the promotion of child health and immunization in Afghanistan.
  5. Actively participate in the task forces pertaining to child health, and in working groups delegated to implement child health activities, as defined by the USAID/AFIAT work plan.
  6. Act as a technical resource on child health and immunization service delivery issues for the USAID/AFIAT Regional Manager and Officers, their provincial counterparts, and the Sehatmandi NGOs to ensure integration of high-impact child health and immunization activities in the service delivery package at the facility and community level.
  7. Promote coordination of child health and immunization activities with the UHI and between USAID-funded projects and other bilateral and multilateral agencies.
  8. Collaborate with the Principal Advisor Integrated Health Services/RMNCAH and other team members to fully align enhanced child health and immunization activities into the Project’s strategic objectives.
  9. Assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the USAID/AFIAT annual work plans
  10. Assist in adequate and timely reporting to MoPH and USAID progress of activities supported by USAID/AFIAT. This will include careful documentation and sharing of lessons learned.
  11. Assist in identifying requirements for technical assistance and develop appropriate scopes of work.
  12. Other duties as assigned by the Principal Advisor Integrated Health Services/RMNCAH.

Job Requirements:

  • Masters’ degree in public health or an advanced degree in a related health field from an accredited college or university.
  • At least seven (7) years experience in designing and implementing child health programs in developing countries. Previous experience working with the Afghanistan MOPH in the area of child health is an asset
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in public health in developing and/or transitional countries managing the operational and organizational aspects of similar health projects, including staff supervision and oversight of operational procedures and policies.
  • Demonstrated successful experience building and maintaining relationships with donors, technical agencies, and host country governments.
  • Specific experience with USAID-funded programs preferred.
  • Fluency in English and at least one of the official languages of Afghanistan is required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to USAID focus provinces as required. Travel will cover 15-40% of work time.

Submission Guideline:

Interested candidates should apply through the below link and submit an application form for positions they are suitably qualified for.

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Please click the employment opportunities tab and select Afghanistan from the list of countries. A list of positions will appear, please select those you wish to apply for. Candidates who do not apply through the above-mentioned link will not be considered for the shortlist. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap.

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