Maternal and Child Survival Program
Position type: Full-time
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 cross-cutting themes and areas of the program’s work.
In Nigeria, and in close partnership with the Bauchi and Sokoto state governments and public and private partners, MCSP has launched a technical assistance initiative aimed at strengthening the routine immunization (RI) system to increase and sustain RI coverage and reduce childhood illness and death.
USAID’s MCSP will bring new thinking and a prioritized approach to support state commitment to significantly and sustainably increase coverage.
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is leading 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 in Nigeria), such as REACH I/II, The Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) IMMUNIZATIONbasics project, the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), and now MCSP.
Based in Sokoto, the Program Assistant will serve as a core member of the MCSP/Nigeria Immunization program’s administration team for program activities in Sokoto. Under the supervision of the Sokoto State Immunization Technical Advisor (SITA), the Program Assistant will provide administrative, logistical, and program support critical to ensuring the successful implementation of MCSP’s RI strengthening program assistance to the Sokoto state government. This position will work closely with both technical and program support (administration and finance) staff to advance MCSP’s RI program assistance in Sokoto. This will include working closely with the SITA, State Immunization Technical Officer (SITO), Finance & Accounting Officer, and Bauchi-based Finance and Administration
Manager, as well as the rest of MCSP’s geographically dispersed team across Abuja, Bauchi, and Sokoto. This individual will help ensure MCSP/Nigeria’s compliance with JSI procedures, USAID rules and regulations, as well as financial and legal requirements of the Government of Nigeria. The position will also involve providing programmatic support particularly to technical staff in Sokoto.
Roles and responsibilities
Based in MCSP’s office in Sokoto, the Program Assistant will work closely with and under the supervision of the program’s Sokoto SITA to:
Interested candidates should submit their CV, motivation letter, and a writing sample to MCSPNigeriaHR@jsi.com by Thursday, June 18, 2015.
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