Maternal Health Technical Advisor

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:
Maternal Health Technical Advisor
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 launch of A Promised Renewed (www.apromiserenewed.org), USAID's Bureau for Global Health (BGH) 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).
In 2014, with technical input from USAID, a 2030 global target of fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births was adopted by WHO and representatives from more than 30 countries. In June of that year, USAID outlined its support for this goal in the report Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: USAID Maternal Health Vision for Action. The Vision emphasizes equity, sustainability, country ownership, capacity building, innovation, and collaboration across disciplines and sectors to end preventable maternal mortality.
As part of this bold vision, USAID supports Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B): A Grand Challenge for Development, which is a partnership among USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA to develop groundbreaking interventions for pregnant women, mothers, and newborns during the vulnerable hours surrounding birth, calls on the brightest minds across the globe. In total, the program supports proof-of-concept innovations and invests in transformational ideas with potential for scale up and sustainable, long-lasting impact. After five rounds of awards, the Saving Lives at Birth portfolio of maternal and newborn health interventions now supports the development of nearly 100 novel science and technology, service delivery, and demand creation solutions in low-resource settings. The sixth round of SL@B has recently concluded and awards are forthcoming.
The MH Technical Advisor will be assigned to the Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Division within USAID's Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) in USAID's Bureau for Global Health. S/he will provide program support, technical guidance and grant management expertise to the Saving Lives at Birth and other MNH awards, as well as provide technical advice to the maternal and newborn health teams. The Advisor will receive day-to-day guidance from the MNH Division Chief or his/her designee as his/her onsite manager. S/he will work in close collaboration with USAID's Center for Accelerating Impact and Innovation and USAID Management and Technical teams to increase the uptake and use of key innovative and high impact interventions that reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality.
Responsibilities:
In conjunction with colleagues in the MCHN Office and in the Center for Accelerating Impact and Innovation, the primary responsibilities of the Health Technical Advisor include:
PROVIDING PROGRAM SUPPORT, TECHNICAL GUIDANCE, AND GRANT MANAGEMENT TO SPECIAL INITIATIVES, INCLUDING SAVING LIVES AT BIRTH GRANTEES: (50%)
Serve as the primary Activity Manager for numerous SL@B grants and provide technical assistance to the grantees by reviewing and supporting the projects; ensure consistency with USAID policy, principles of the Grand Challenge, and adherence to negotiated milestones;
Monitor and evaluate the status, progress and implementation of USAID-managed Saving Lives at Birth projects, and SL@B projects of other donors; support evaluation of the Program;
Prepare program documents, assist in the maintenance of administrative and financial tracking systems, and support overall management and tracking of program logistics;
Collect and compile data and other information for use in regular and ad hoc reporting on the status of programs from various sources; liaise with USAID colleagues and SL@B partners and innovators and answer internal and external questions about the program;
Support the development and sharing of communications materials and efforts to disseminate knowledge gained in the SL@B Program;
Facilitate coordination and linkages with broader MCHN Office- supported activities, as well as with the USAID Bureau for Global Health, Regional Bureaus and Missions to ensure coordination and integration of SL@B activities into other health development programs;
Assist in the efforts to research, plan, analyze, and organize technical and statistical information across the Saving Lives at Birth portfolio; compile M&E results; and develop data for use in briefings, publications, and reports;
Travel to partner organization headquarters or field sites as necessary; and
PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE MATERNAL AND NEWBORN HEALTH DIVISION (50%)
Provide leadership and guidance regarding maternal and newborn health issues and priorities as well as specific reproductive health issues and priorities
Provide technical and program oversight of maternal and newborn health activities supported by USAID/GH cooperating agencies, including flagship programs managed by the MCHN Office
Participate in internal maternal and newborn health team meetings, including collaborating on policy, strategic planning and resource allocation activities for GH's maternal and newborn health programs;
Join country teams, participate in country program reviews and action plans, and serve as a technical and programmatic liaison among headquarters and country teams on maternal and newborn health priorities being advanced by the Global Health Bureau;
Stay current on technical, policy, and programmatic developments in maternal and newborn health;
Bring new findings from technical literature to the attention of program directors, update the website, and coordinate the Maternal Health Technical Series;
Coordinate inputs to key maternal health documents including annual reports and briefers, as requested; and
Assist with day-to-day management of MCH Division's work on MNH in close collaboration with colleagues across the MCHN Office.
Qualifications:
Minimum of eight (8) years' experience in managing international programs, preferably with a focus on maternal and child health programs in developing countries.
MPH or equivalent degree required; CNM, NP, or MD with clinical experience a plus.
Minimum of three (3) years of experience on-the-ground in developing countries.
Experience in maternal, newborn, and reproductive health programs.
Knowledge and interest in Maternal and Newborn Health and Innovation.
Knowledge of USAID health programs.
Demonstrated skills in conducting critical analysis and evaluation of technical and programmatic aspects of proposals and programs.
Experience in design, implementation and evaluation of international health, especially maternal and neonatal health programs.
Excellent understanding of current issues in international maternal and neonatal health programs.
Excellent interpersonal 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.
An ability to multi-task, collaborate, maintain a positive attitude, and pay attention to detail.
Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
US Citizenship and 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 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.
CAMRIS International and IAP World Services Inc. offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com
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