Senior Advisor for Newborn Health

Overview:
CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today's most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through CAMRIS International partnered with IAP World Services Inc. (IAPWS), to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:
Title:
Senior Advisor for Newborn Health
United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Global Health/Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition/Division Maternal
and Newborn Health (GH/MCHN/MNH)
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
BACKGROUND:
The world has witnessed an extraordinary 70 percent decline in child mortality over the last 50 years, and a reduction in child deaths from over 12 million in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. Over the same timeframe, maternal deaths declined by 43%, from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 302,000 in 2015. Despite this progress, significant work remains to increase coverage of high-impact interventions, strengthen the health systems that support these interventions, improve quality, and address equity gaps that are bottlenecks to ending preventable child and maternal deaths.
Building on the momentum of the June 2012 Child Survival Call to Action and the subsequent release of the Acting on the Call reports, USAID's Bureau for Global Health has mobilized to support countries to end preventable child and maternal deaths, focusing on 25 countries where over two-thirds of these deaths occur (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia).
Newborn health is a growing field in global health programs. A decade of evidence-generation that culminated in the endorsement of the Every Newborn Action Plan at the 2014 World Health Assembly has unprecedented political commitment and development of national newborn strategies and action plans. The nature of newborn health program is changing: in the past, it was primarily focused on routine and essential care for all babies; today there is a growing need to address complications among sick newborn care. Countries are increasingly introducing care for preterm and sick newborns in special newborn care units. USAID is increasingly collaborating with pediatricians and neonatologists both globally and in countries. This change has resulted in an emerging need for expertise in pediatrics and specialized neonatology within the USAID skills-mix.
The Maternal and Newborn Health Division of the Maternal, Child Health, and Nutrition (MCHN) Office within the Bureau for Global Health (GH) provides technical leadership, and supports strategic planning, innovative program design, and monitoring and evaluation in maternal and newborn health programs globally and in USAID field Missions. Additionally, the MNH Division focuses on the major causes of mortality and associated morbidity by introducing and expanding evidence-based, innovative and cost-effective MNH interventions to address these issues through its centrally funded projects.
The Senior Advisor for Newborn Health will contribute to the overall development of MCH strategies and activities and serve as senior advisor within the MCHN Office. The Advisor will have the following major areas of responsibility: (a) technical leadership to the Agency for Newborn Health and (b) technical assistance to USAID missions, regional bureaus and other Global Health offices and divisions on routine and special care of newborns. S/he will be supervised and receive overall programmatic guidance from the Newborn Health Team Leader.
Responsibilities:
The Senior Advisor for Newborn Health will primarily work in the following areas:
Technical leadership to the Agency on Newborn Health (NH) issues
Provide guidance regarding NH issues and priorities;
Work with the NH team to develop/review GH guidance on routine and special care of preterm, low birthweight, and sick newborns; care-seeking in communities; and home-based newborn care practices
Collaborate with US Department of State, other US Government (USG) partners, bilateral donors, multilateral organizations, foundations, universities, and nongovernmental/private voluntary organizations in policy and programming related to newborn care;
Participate in global efforts to implement the Every Newborn Action Plan including participation in one or more global technical working groups;
Link the newborn health program with USAID and global child health programs; and
Bring new findings from technical literature to the attention of program directors and update the website
Technical assistance to field missions, MCHN divisions, Global Health (GH) offices, and regional bureaus
Serve as an expert resource for GH offices, MCHN divisions, regional bureaus, and individual countries in newborn care;
Link USAID's newborn and child health programs, ensuring a seamless continuum of care among newborns, young infant, and older children as appropriate;
Serve as an expert resource for individual countries on newborn care, as needed;
Provide senior level expertise to designated priority countries in design and evaluation of NH programs
Provide expert technical assistance as needed to USAID's implementing partners such as Every Preemie SCALE, Maternal and Child Survival Program, and ASSIST;
Provide expert technical assistance and support coordination with other USG partners;
Respond to internal and external requests; prepare background and briefing documents and serve as a technical mentor and member of working groups and technical committees, as necessary; and
Provide guidance on building human resource capacity in countries in the field of newborn health.
Qualifications:
MD with specialization in pediatrics and MPH with concentration on health systems and policy
A minimum of eight years' experience in assisting national governments develop and manage national newborn and child health programs within the context of national health plans.
Excellent understanding of USAID's programs and organizational aspects and of other major international donors, multilateral agencies, and nongovernmental/private voluntary organizations supporting the social sector, with a focus that includes maternal, newborn and child health.
Demonstrated skill in conducting critical analysis and evaluation of technical and programmatic aspects of programs.
Ability to think and operate strategically and programmatically, analyzing complex situations in order to assist in the development of USAID strategic plans, and assessing the impact of host country policies and practices on US Government or USAID programs in the health sector.
Excellent understanding of current issues in international neonatal health programs.
Demonstrated experience in working directly with developing country clinicians, managers and policy makers in newborn and maternal health.
Understanding of field and program implementation realities, especially in the context of working with district and subdistrict health facilities in developing countries.
Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills and experience in working effectively in an independent capacity and as a member of a team
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to write technical documents and give state-of-the-art presentations to colleagues in and outside of USAID
Good computer skills; Proficiency in the use of Google and the Microsoft Office Suite is necessary; experience in the use of database applications is recommended.
Ability and willingness to travel internationally three or four times per year
US Citizenship required with the ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.
This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.
CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com
CAMRIS and IAP are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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