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  • Posted on: 23 December, 2016 Deadline: 11 January, 2017
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  • MamaYe is about making life-saving changes for Africa’s mothers and babies. It is a campaign to change fatalism to hope; apathy to action; maternal survival from side-issue to political priority; and best guesses into hard facts. We know change is possible because every day, African men and women like you take action that makes a change, and saves lives.

    The taxi driver that takes a woman to the clinic in the middle of the night; the local government officials that keep supplies flowing; the students that donate blood; the journalists that keep this issue alive; the politicians that prioritise maternal health; the community groups that keep track of pledges by politicians; and the young women training to be midwives, who will devote their lives to caring for mothers and babies.

    Evidence Advisor for E4A MamaYe Nigeria

     

    Main Purpose of Role
    This post will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will include Technical leadership on E4A MamaYe work streams on state level accountability  mechanisms, maternal
    and perinatal death reviews, monitoring & evaluation, donor reporting and evidence based advocacy

    Manage and quality assure the work of state coordinators in supported geographical areas

    Scope of Work 
    Reporting to the E4A Nigeria Country Director and liaising with members of the country team and the  E4A Technical Team (TSUs  and  Core Team), the
    Evidenc Adviso for  E4A MamaYe  will  be responsible for the following:

    • Lead Technical and Manage ent Inputs
    • Lead on technical inputs and support on MNH evidence and accountability related strategies/activities implemented through E4A MamaYe
    • Oversee and quality assure work of Lago , Bauchi, and Gomb state coordinators and provide technical and management backstopping support to ensure deliverables are met
    • Contribute to the generation, analysis and packaging of evidence to inform and influence the MamaYe campaign at national and state level and to further strengthen accountability efforts
    • Support relevant ministries, health care providers and others in strengthening  maternal and perinatal death review processes with a focus on the use of findings to improve quality of care Ensure regular meetings of the state level accountability mechanisms including support to the production of MNC Scorecards, Budge scorecards and any other relevant MNH related score cards (eg MgSO4 scorecards ; their use in strategic plans and budgeting cycles as well as to spu advocacy initiatives
    • Collaborate with stakeholders committed to strengthening MNH evidence and its use to facilitate data for decision making, advocacy and accountability in Nigeria
    • Conduct quality assurance of programme technical outputs, in collaborat on with the Country Director and TSU lead
    • In collaboration with the Communications specialist, help to collect, compile and record data sources and publications on MNH in Nigeria, and ensure the MamaYe website is up to date with information/publications on Nigeria 
    • Represent the programme at key national, regional and international meetings and conferences as required
    • Delivery of Operational Plan Lead on the country operational plan in focus states, coordinating activities of the programme team and consu tants in focus states (and engaging in trouble shooting where necessary) to support the smooth implementation of the programme
    • Provide technical input to the overall E4A MamaYe strategy, using best practice from the sector
    • Ensure sound technical implementation of the operational plan and quality assure state led outputs and deliverables
    • Proactively  anticipate  and  participate  in  identifying  technical  assistance/subcontracting needs relating to work in focus states, in conjunction with Options, and management of TA including development of TORs, contracting of TA and monitoring of TA outputs
    • Actively  look  for  opportunities  to  drive  forward  and  expand  E4A MamaYe’s work in focus states, and opportunities to collaborate with other in country stakeholders and add value to the E4A programme
    • Lead  on  institutionalisation  of  accountability  mechanisms  including  materna and  perinatal death reviews with key partners
    • Information Packaging and Dissemination, and Sharing of Lessons Learned Identify the information needs of target audiences and package/tailor evidence according to formats which are most relevant and meaningful to each one
    • Develop tactful strategies to promote the effective use of evidence into action (policy, programme, advocacy, accountability) among different stakeholders
    • Work with advocates and those working to strengthen accountability mechanisms to ensure they have the evidence required to be more effective
    • Use evidence to support the development and populating of  accountability tools to track MNH progress and commitments
    • Package complex scientific information for a range of stakeholders in an easily understandable and appropriate format for non scientists, and disseminate as appropriate
    • Prepare scientific papers and reports using findings from the programme to document and publicise issues pertaining to the programme’s work, as required
    • Identify opportunities for sharing lessons learned and tools, and dissemination within and beyond E4A MamaYe
    • Prepare case studies and relevant documentation articulating E4A MamaYe results and impact

    Monitoring
    and reporting

    • Monitor progress of operational plan to ensure it is on track, and regularly report on progress to the Country Director and TSU leads
    • Responsibility for routine tracking of deliverables and development of quarterly monitoring reports; ongoing oversight over state level activities so that the programme is able to
    • achieve agreed milestones as per the Results Framework
    • Coordinate implementation of the data collection required to implement the MamaYe M&E strategy, including oversight and implementation of surveys for collation of outcome level data, analysis and communication of survey data, development of case studies both at the state and country level

    Person Specification
    Criteria

    Qualifications

    • MPH/MSc in relevant area
    • PhD in relevant area

    Experience

    • Substantial experience working on quantitative/qualitative    research on maternal and newborn health related issues
    • Strong experience  in  monitoring  and  evaluating  MNH programmes
    • Strong experience on communicating evidence effectively to different stakeholders to better inform MNH planning,  decision  making,  advocacy  and  accountability efforts
    • Experience  of  close  working  relationships  with  partners and consortia
    • At  least  5  years’  experience  working  in  health development management/oversight
    • Experience in quality assuring programmes
    • Experience of writing and editing donor reports
    • Experience and understanding of advocacy for improved MNH and a track record of bringing about MNH  change and impact in country
    • Experience working on programmes funded by international donors

    Knowledge and Skills

    • Solid understanding of the maternal and newborn health landscape in country
    • Awareness of how to apply political economy analysis or stakeholder analysis
    • A  key  advocate  for  improved  maternal  and  newborn health, Proven leadership and people management skills

    Attributes

    • Well connected  with  key  stakeholders  in  maternal  and newborn  health  (programmes,  policy,  advocacy  and/or accountability) to help drive E4A forward Self starter,  can  work  independently  and  as  part  of  a team
    • Fluent in English
    • Based in Nigeria and with the right to work in Nigeria

    Method of Application

    If you are qualified, then send your CV and Application to s.devos@options.co.uk

    Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Also note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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