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Maternal Newborn Child Health and Nutrition (MNCHN) Consultant - Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States (NOB)

Bauchi (Nigeria)

This vacancy is open to Nigerians only

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

To provide technical support in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU-MNCHN project in all its components which seeks to contribute to addressing the sub-optimal status of health and Nutrition for women and children in Adamawa, Bauchi and Kebbi States.

Assignment Tasks

State and LGA

  • Work with the SMOH, SPHCDA and other partners to support dissemination of national policy, strategy, guidelines and quality of care model for MNCHN at state and LGA level.
  • Support SMOH and SPHCDA by providing technical assistance to the development of good quality state and LGA annual operational plans and their review using the Primary Health Care Mechanism.
  • Support dissemination and use of approved training modules and guidelines on selected high impact Integrated Maternal New-born Child Health and Nutrition continuum of care package as defined ( such as- Focused AnteNatal Care (FANC); Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA); Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care (EmONC); Helping Babies Breath (HBB); Post Natal Care (PNC); Integrated Management of acute malnutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Micronutrient Prevention and Control, Community Based intervention including New-born Care and Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) for diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia, etc.…)
  • Support state and LGA level supportive supervision, monitoring of implementation and evaluation of MNCHN programmes.Priority areas of work to be supported at this level and strategy based on TSS model (Training, Supplies, Supportive Supervision) including but not limited to the following
  • Health Facilities:
  • Set up and implement a quality of care model for MNCHN services in health facilities based on integrated selected high impact interventions.
  • In collaboration with state and LGA Trainers, organize and conduct trainings for health workers using approved training modules and guidelines on selected integrated high impact interventions.
  • Support end user monitoring of equipment and supplies provided to health facilities.
  • Participate in on the Job Training, Supportive Supervision and mentoring of health workers and ensure report is timely done and submitted.
  • Communities, Villages, Households
  • Support setting up/organization of structures for implementation of Community based MNCHN interventions including (but not limited) WDCs, VDCs, training of VHWs, CHEWs, CHWs, CLTS, WASHCOM, MSG, etc.…and monitor respective interventions
  • Support and conduct the end user monitoring of supplies and demand for MNCHN services in communities and households.
  • Use and monitor implementation of updated Mama/CHEW/CBNC kits as entry point for promotion of desired health seeking behaviour and link with immunization/polio related activities.
  • Work in close collaboration with C4D Consultant to promote uptake of selected high impact family care practices jointly with all sections namely Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Media, Social Planning, WASH, advocacy and communications and WASH.
  • Promote uptake of integrated Community Case Management for diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria as well as other MNCHN community based interventions.

Expected Deliverables

    1. Annual State work and operational plans
    2. Quarterly DHIS and PHC review reports
    3. Monthly progress reports containing iCCM and outreach services data, stock update, etc.
    4. Reports of Workshop/Meetings with actionable recommendations.
    5. Quarterly reports of milestones achieved to advance project implementation.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Public Health and/or related technical field.
  • Five years' experience working on child survival issues or health projects.
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN working language an asset. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
  • Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions and very good training skills.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Willingness to travel to remote regions of the country
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF's mission and professional values.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bauchi (Nigeria)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Social Affairs
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Nutrition
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-29

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