Senior Specialist, Newborn and Child Health

  • Save the Children
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 09/06/2019
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Job Description

Senior Specialist, Newborn and Child Health 

Senior Specialist SENIO02606
  • Full-Time
  • Uganda-Kampala

Job Details



Save the Children is seeking a Newborn and Child Health Sr. Specialist for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded program in Uganda. The purpose of the program is to facilitate government-led leadership and enhance sustainable multi-sectoral coordination to accelerate gains in nutrition, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes. This position will provide strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and monitoring of high quality newborn and child health interventions, working closely with relevant units at all levels of the MOH and with respective partners at national level and within target regions. The Sr. Specialist will represent the project at various newborn and child health national technical working groups and committees, ensure deliverables within these technical areas are implemented according to the set work plan with necessary adjustments as required based on learning and best practices while capturing key lessons learned.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Lead newborn and child health related technical assistance and capacity building within the project. S/he will lead the design of technical assistance and capacity building for high impact evidence based newborn and child health interventions that helps children thrive through prevention and treatment of neonatal and child illnesses. This will include national level policy leadership and ownership for newborn and child health.
  • Coordinate and provide newborn and child health technical support to central MOH and Regional Teams to address identified gaps and rolling out activities to improve quality of newborn and child care
  • Collaborate with the MOH staff to ensure technical integrity and quality of newborn and child health program implementation at all levels.
  • Build capacity of targeted regional MOH staff in newborn and child health, using proven training approaches, mentorship and quality improvement methodologies strategies to improve service delivery and quality.
  • Incorporate newborn and child health best practices into strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of activities to improve health services.
  • Maintain strategic relationships with targeted MOH regional and district teams and other relevant stakeholders for the smooth implementation of program activities.
  • In collaboration with the regional and national teams, strengthen the existing technical platform on newborn and child health learning, co-facilitate the periodic review of newborn and child health to inform programming within the project, national guidelines and policies.

Required Qualifications

  • Medical doctor, clinician, midwife or post-diploma nurse with a post graduate degree or public health degree or equivalent combination of training and experience. Pediatrician is preferred.
  • At least 7+ years of relevant work experience in successful implementation of a neonatal and child health program.
  • Previous working relationships within USAID programs and with key multilateral agencies, bilateral donors, academic institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-faceted health development program in collaboration with national MOH personnel and local and international partners
  • Familiarity with MNCH programming and policies in Uganda.
  • A demonstrated track record in providing mentorship and supervision to strengthen healthcare services; training and use of quality improvement approaches
  • Familiarity with evidence-based neonatal and child health interventions and best practices that are the focus of this project.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
  • Ability to work independently and also as a team leader/member with diverse team of partners and counterparts.
  • Ability to lead and oversee teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written and presentation).
  • Excellent computer skills and experience working with Microsoft Office applications.
  • English fluency (verbal and written) required.
  • Ability to travel.

Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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