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The Senior Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) Specialist will provide leadership in all maternal and newborn health-related technical areas, with a particular focus on newborns as the Technical manager of the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) project. S/he will provide state-of-the-art technical inputs into the development of the content and implementation strategies for evidence-based, high impact NBH interventions. S/he will advance the MNH work of Save the Children in Nigeria though a strong focus on internal programming, national policies and external partnerships. S/he will oversee newborn health-focused projects and studies, ensuring sound management and effective implementation through each project team. Externally, s/he will work in close collaboration with external partners, including the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), in particular the Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health divisions; relevant national-level Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and sub-committees; WHO, UNICEF, and other UN agencies; development partners; NGOs; research institutions; and other stakeholders.
TECHNICAL AND ADVISORY SUPPORT:
- Provide technical leadership and support to the MNH components of Save the Children’s projects, in particular newborn health
- Provide leadership and technical assistance in newborn health to the FMOH and other in-country development partners, including support to the development of relevant newborn health-focused national plans, strategies and policies
- Provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of newborn health-related behavior change strategies and activities
- In collaboration with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) colleagues, support the development of feasible and effective monitoring approaches for newborn health-focused interventions and projects
- Coordinate with external partners (including but not limited to FMOH, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA, JSI/TSHIP, CHAI, JHPIEGO/MCSP, Mama Ye, Society for Family Health, Wellbeing Foundation, Society for neonatal medicine (NISONM), Pediatrics Association of Nigeria) to support the development of training manuals, supervision and monitoring tools, communication materials, job aids and other technical materials to support the implementation of newborn health interventions
- Conduct periodic field visits to Save the Children health projects and studies to monitor the technical quality of newborn-focused interventions
- Initiate and lead the Save the Children Nigeria internal MNH technical meetings ensuring that all Save the Children projects working on newborn health coordinate and collaborate effectively, promoting the sharing of technical resources, learning and mutual support
- In collaboration with MEAL and other technical colleagues, develop research protocols and tools related to newborn health and support newborn health-focused research activities
- Prepare research papers, presentations and scientific articles based on primary research conducted by Save the Children projects and studies, and collaborate with other technical experts to identify suitable opportunities for sharing evidence from Save the Children newborn health-focused programming.
Representation, Networking and Advocacy
- Stay abreast of the latest newborn health technical evidence and data, both global and Nigeria-specific, and periodically share with technical and programme colleagues
- Serve as Save the Children Nigeria’s principal focal person for all newborn health-related issues, liaising with the MOH, UN agencies, other NGOs, donor agencies, academic and research institutions, professional bodies and other in-country stakeholders as appropriate
- Represent Save the Children Nigeria’s newborn health priorities and projects in professional circles, including meetings, conferences and presentations
- Ensure Save the Children’s active participation and contribution to policy dialogue and engagement at the national level, including relevant TWGs, sub-committees and other forums
- In collaboration with the Head of Health and Child Survival, ensure that Save the Children Nigeria’s newborn health-focused programming and strategic ambition is effectively communicated to and supported by other Save the Children entities, including Save the Children members and the Health and Nutrition Global Initiative
Strategy and New Business
- Work with the Head of Health and Child Survival and Director of Programme Development & Quality (PDQ) to develop new newborn health-focused projects and studies
- Ensure that newborn health is well represented in Save the Children strategies, both Nigeria-specific and global, seeking relevant inputs from a range of internal and external stakeholders and leading on subsequent operationalization
- Contribute to the planning of newborn health components of Save the Children Nigeria’s Humanitarian response as required
Project and Staff Management This position reports to the Head of Health & Child Survival
- Through sound management practices, ensure the effective implementation of all projects and studies under his / her responsibility (currently: SNL, care-seeking study, ), including proper internal and external reporting and monitoring of expenditure against budget
- With support from Head of Health and Child Survival and Save the Children Nigeria’s Human Resource Department, lead the recruitment of Save the Children staff in projects under his / her responsibility
- Manage and provide support to the staff reporting to this position (currently 2 positions – Senior Newborn Health Advisor, & Project officer, directly and indirectly the MEAL Advisor), implementing effective performance management in accordance with Save the Children policies
- Ensure all project staff receive appropriate training in accordance with the HR and staff development policies of Save the Children
- Support SNL advocacy activities including national level advocacy linked to the national data profile publication dissemination, acceleration of Kangaroo Mother Care in the country and integrating newborn care into MCH activities and programmes
- Support the development, review/adaptation of national training materials, job aids, counselling and behaviour change materials for newborn health
- Coordinate and support training and capacity building activities for all MNH and partners
- Strengthen mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and documenting maternal and newborn care services in collaboration with MEAL
- Track and prepare monthly and quarterly reports on progress and milestones for SNL, other MNH technical support activities; including documentation of key lessons learnt and successes.
Skills & Qualifications**
- Minimum of a Medical degree with a Postgraduate qualification in Paediatrics and Public Health, with a minimum of 7 years’ Maternal and newborn health experience in field in program implementation.
- Essential: at least 5 years health program experience with I/NGO in Nigeria
- Desirable: very good understanding of MNH issues in the Nigeria context, experience with national level technical advocacy.
- Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
- Commitment to gender equity, child rights
- Effective planning and organizing skills
- Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication skills
- Computer literacy skills – MS Office applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Spread sheets
- Strong skills in building partnerships and in technical advocacy
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The insurgency that continues in Nigeria's North Eastern States has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands people. In September 2014, an estimate of 1.5 million IDPs in the six States were reported by the Presidential Initiative for the North East. Additionally to the estimated 350,000 IDPs in Maiduguri, Borno State, recent events in Mubi, Adamawa State, have thrown hundreds of thousands of people on the roads and many of them joined Yola, where they can be found living on the streets in terrible living conditions.
The insurgents now control a number of Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the three states enforcing their vision of Islamic Sharia in those areas. The insurgents have also demonstrated the capacity to launch attacks in major cities far beyond their strongholds including Abuja, Kano and Bauchi. Since the fighting escalated from March 2013, many schools have been attacked and in April 2014 over 200 young girls were abducted from school. While many families seek refuge in camps established in or around the city of Maduguri (in Borno state), many others move away from the conflict areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, into the neighbouring states of Bauchi and Gombe. Many others are known to be seeking refuge in Niger and Cameroon. The vast majority of those moving within Nigeria are seeking refuge with local households and only a small proportion ever register officially or stay within a camp established by NEMA in Maiduguri This obviously puts enormous pressure on local livelihoods when most families live on or below the poverty line even in normal times. Basic services including health and education are all but non-existent in most communities across the North East and those that do exist are completely inadequate to cope with the influx of displaced families.
The purpose of this consultancy is to evaluate the impact of the SIDA project and to what extent it has been able to meet its set objectives in the 7 selected IDP camps in Borno State.
The evaluation should include a thorough assessment against the evaluation criteria, analysing the relevance/appropriateness, connectedness, coherence, coverage, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of SIDA funded humanitarian project. The evaluation should also refer to cross-cutting issues (Children, Gender, social exclusion, protection, environment and disaster-risk reduction, Security of aid worker, Respect of Human Rights, Donor visibility).
The evaluation should effectively address the following criteria:
- Effectiveness*:*Are interventions broadly on course to achieve their purpose? • Which activities are the most effective or least effective and why? What are the biggest obstacles to the achievement of the purpose of the intervention? What, if any, changes could we make to the programme to make it more effective?
- Appropriateness:Has the assistance provided by our agency met the needs of the population? Which parts of the assistance have been the most appropriate and why? Which were least appropriate and why? To what extent have disaster-affected populations been involved in the design or implementation of the assistance programme? How are the beneficiaries needs now changing? Have protection concerns been adequately considered in the design of assistance? What, if any, changes do we need to make to the programme to make it more appropriate and relevant?
- Connectedness: What types of longer-term development issues are most affected by the response and how? How has the response affected longer-term coping mechanisms? Are all the key disaster hazards for this area being considered in this response? What environmental impact has the response had? What, if any, longer-term impacts is the present programme likely to have? What, if any, changes could make the programme of short-term assistance a better fit with longer-term needs?
- Impact*:*What has happened as a result of the project? What real difference has the project made to the beneficiaries?
- Coherence: To what extent has our response been coordinated with the efforts of the broader humanitarian community? To what extent has our response been coordinated with the efforts of the government? What internal coordination problems have we faced and how have they been addressed? What have been the biggest successes in coordination? What were the biggest gaps? What, if any, changes could we make to improve coordination of the overall response?
- Coverage: Which group has benefited most from our assistance, how and why? How has our assistance been allocated geographically? Has the emergency response affected children, men and women differently? Has our programme considered the differing needs of men and women, children, adults, the elderly, the able and the disabled? What, if any, changes could we make to the programme to improve the coverage of our assistance?
- Efficiency: measuring the outputs (qualitative and quantitative) achieved as a result of inputs, has the most efficient approach been used (comparing alternative approaches to achieving an output)?
- Evaluation report
- PowerPoint presentation with Save the Children in Abuja
- Cover page
- Table of contents
- Executive Summary: Conclusions, Lessons Learned, Recommendations
- Main body of the report
- Terms of Reference
- List of persons interviewed and sites visited
- Map of the areas covered by the operations financed under the action
- Advanced experience in the evaluation of humanitarian aid, preferably in the field of Public Health, WASH or/and Child Protection
- Advanced Development Research Qualification or equivalent, MSc preferred
- Ability to conduct meetings with senior persons at government, UN and NGO level
- Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines
- Attention to detail and ability to produce and present accurate information
- Ability and willingness to travel to very remote areas, must agree to work in high risk areas
- Solid experience in relevant fields of work to the evaluation and in the geographic areas where the exercise takes place is also required
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Knowledge of the Northern Nigerian context is obligatory
- Fluent in Hausa
- Experience working with Save the Children or in Child Rights Programming
- Demonstrated analytical, communication and report-writing skills.
Method of Application
Kindly send your CV and qualifying statements to: Nigeria.ProgramsVacancy@savethechildren.org ;on or before September 21, 2015 explaining why you are suitable for the position you are applying for. State position clearly in the subject field as applications without appropriate subject will be disqualified. Also, applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Please note that applications will be treated as they are received and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.