Child Health and Immunization Specialist – Inspiring at Save the Children Nigeria – TDPel Jobs
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Child Health and Immunization Specialist – Inspiring
Job ID: 2100040ZLocation: Lagos
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Team / Program: Health and Nutrition
Reports to: State Project Manager
National Hire: Yes
Contract Length: Full Time/Regular
Level 3: The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.
As part of these responsibilities, the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and / or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.
The Child Health and immunization specialist provides overall leadership and oversight for the programmatic, technical and research aspects of the programme.
He / She will oversee the day – to – day implementation of the programme and will be accountable for the quality of interventions and for the capacity building of health workers at state and LGA level. He / She will be also responsible for ensuring the provision of high quality technical assistance by in – country and UK based technical advisers and external consultants (if appropriate).
He / She will support the State Programme Manager to ensure that planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as donor reporting functions are executed efficiently and effectively so that the project achieves its purposes and outputs.
He / She develops and promotes widespread application of evidence – based program standards and guidance that reflect Save the Children and global best practice
Scope of Role
Reports to: State Project Manager.
Closely Works With: Health Financing and Advocacy Specialist; Chief of Party and government stakeholders.
Key Areas of Accountability
Provides advanced technical expertise and oversight to ensure programs are of high quality and develops new state of the art approaches
Coordinates in – country and UK based technical advisers and external consultants (if appropriate).
Supports the COP and State Programme Manager in the development of high quality programming, annual plans and budgeting processes for the programme, as and when necessary.
Formulates key program questions that will help to advance the evidence base, and leads design of targeted evaluations.
Ensure the programme’s operational and analytical research, coordinate the publication and dissemination of results and ensure that research informs advocacy.
Plays significant role in strategic thinking and leadership in advancing child health programs. Lead and direct the adaptation of Reach every ward
Support the implementation of the five operational pillars of the REW approach
Conduct Analysis of the immunization indicators using REW approach
Ensure integration of the treatment of severe malnutrition into the IMCI and ICCM
Ensure the implementation of key family and community practices with special emphasis on IYCF, care seeking behavior, and immunization.
Establish necessary community infrastructure to support the implementation of the child health activities
Support the government in the MNCH weeks and other important child health events
Strengthening relevant health systems for effective delivery of the pneumonia related interventions
Actively contribute to the process of learning, evaluation, capturing and disseminating lessons from the programme for continuous improvement of programme performance and overall outcome
Work closely with the programme team to ensure that other technical sectors are coordinated, integrated and support each other to optimize the project purposes and objectives.
Prepare quality quarterly and annual reports and timely submission of deliverables.
Any other duty assigned by the Chief of Party or the state project manager
Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children health staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
Build capacity of health workers and other sector staff to implement quality programs.
Representation & Advocacy & Organizational Learning:
Represent the programme on all technical working groups, partners and stakeholders’ forums.
Create partnerships with Ministries of Health and other relevant organizations, WHO, and UNICEF to maximize program impact and harmonize agendas.
Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within the Health Sector, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
In collaboration with the Advocacy Advisor, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
In collaboration with the SC Health colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
Qualification, Experience and Skills
Required Master’s Degree in Public Health required; a health professional (MD or nurse) with clinical training skills (pre-service and/or service clinical training) preferred.
Minimum of 5- 7 years’ experience implementing and delivering technical assistance to maternal, newborn and child health programs in developing country settings.
Demonstrated expertise in program development and management child survival and strong experience in PHC and ICCM program design and implementation required; must have experience facilitating clinical training, supportive supervision.
Conversant with evidence-based child health approaches such as the ICCM, IMCI, GAPPD, etc
Ability to lead and produce project proposals, implementation plans, monitoring frameworks, and write succinct reports on program success; excellent writing and oral communication skills.
Ability to travel 35-40% of time.
Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice):
Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning
Demonstrates flexibility to adapt plans and make decisions in rapidly changing environments
Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk
Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received
Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:
Develops strategies for teams to work across traditional boundaries, working in diverse environments
Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners
Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes
Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:
Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data.
Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution, and stating willingness to champion ideas.
Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings.
Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses.
Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working.
Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his / her development.
Works to ensure that the workplace is inclusive and the talents of individuals are harnessed to achieve business success
Application Closing Date
23rd June, 2021.
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