Maternal and Child Survival Program
Position Type: Full-time
Position: National Immunization Technical Advisor (NITA) Nigeria
Organization: John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global Cooperative Agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at introducing and supporting high-impact health interventions. This global program focuses on 24 high-priority countries, including Nigeria, with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. MCSP country programs strive to ensure that all women, newborns and children have equitable access to the quality health care services that save lives.
Awarded in spring 2014, MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment. The program engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society, faith-based organizations and communities in addressing the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality and improving the quality of health services from household to hospital. Health systems strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration and eHealth are also cross-cutting themes and areas of the program’s work.
In Nigeria, and in close partnership with the Bauchi and Sokoto State governments and numerous other public and private partners, MCSP is launching a technical assistance initiative aimed at strengthening the routine immunization (RI) system to increase and sustain RI coverage and reduce childhood illness and death. John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is leading the implementation of this technical assistance, drawing from more than 25 years of experience in over 40 developing and transitional countries of building the technical capacity of ministries of health and other partners to raise RI coverage sustainably, improve quality, and reduce illness and death due to vaccine-preventable diseases. JSI has managed each of USAID’s global flagship immunization projects, including REACH I/II, The Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) I/II, IMMUNIZATIONbasics, MCHIP, and currently MCSP. This includes many years supporting RI strengthening in Nigeria—including throughout all of Bauchi and Sokoto States.
The purpose of the MCSP National Immunization Technical Advisor (NITA) position with JSI, to be based in Abuja, Nigeria, is to collaborate with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Bauchi and Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agencies (BSPHCDA and SSPHCDA), and other immunization partners (e.g., WHO, UNICEF) to harmonize national-level RI policies and initiatives with state-level RI policies and initiatives in Bauchi and Sokoto States. The NITA will work closely with MCSP State-level teams providing technical assistance (TA) to the BSPHCDA and SSPHCDA.
In Bauchi State, activities will focus on implementing the Harmonized Routine Immunization Workplan to strengthen RI and provide quality immunization services throughout the State through a quadripartite memorandum of understanding (MOU) among the Bauchi State Government, Dangote Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID. MCSP will also support the State in implementing the recently rolled out “Primary Health Care under One Roof” policy in the context of RI system strengthening.
The NITA will supervise the Bauchi MCSP team and support the State government to achieve the goals of the quadripartite MOU toward strengthening the RI system to increase and sustain RI coverage in Bauchi State. More specifically, and in close collaboration with other partners, the NITA will lead the Bauchi MCSP team in supporting the States in four technical areas identified by the BSPHCDA for MCSP. These areas, which will complement other operational components of Nigeria’s Reaching Every Ward (REW) approach, are as follows:
In Sokoto State, activities will focus on building coordination, collaboration, and commitment across RI partners.
The NITA will foster strong collaboration and partnership with RI stakeholders at every level, with a focus at the national level, to support Bauchi and Sokoto State governments in maximizing the benefits of resources committed by State and other partners to ensure that all target populations access and utilize quality vaccines and vaccination services. The NITA will also work to ensure that State-level policies are aligned with national-level priorities, policies, and initiatives, including the National RI Strategic Plan.
Roles and responsibilities
Under the guidance and leadership of the MCSP Senior Immunization Technical Officer based in Washington, DC, and in close collaboration with other RI partners, the key responsibilities of the NITA will include but not be limited to the following:
Interested candidates should send their applications, with comprehensive CV and motivation letter, no later than Wednesday, 18 February, 2015. Applications should be sent to the following email address: MCSPNigeriaHR@jsi.com