Management Sciences for Health

Community Health Systems Technical Advisor

Grade
J
Job ID
13-9784
Benin-Cotonou
# of Positions
1
Group/Office
HPG
Dept/Unit
GEN (General)
Project/Program
P000 - Proposal
Reports To
Chief of Party

Overview

MSH is seeking a Community Health Systems Technical Advisor for a child and reproductive health program funded by USAID.  The program supports the Ministry of Health of Benin (MOH) to deliver high-impact interventions in an integrated fashion to significantly contribute to accelerate and sustain improvements in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH).

 The Community Health Systems Advisor will help the MOH roll out and systemize PIHI at the health facility and community levels in targeted peri-urban health zones. S/he will provide leadership and strategic program implementation to develop community-based, integrated MNCH and FP services within the overall continuum of health care available at the local level. S/he will develop and implement a community-based service delivery strategy to support overall project objectives and country strategies.

This position is contingent upon MSH winning the project award.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Oversee the implementation of PIHI at the health facility and community levels in targeted peri-urban health zones.
  2. Strengthen local technical capacity for continuous quality improvement in community-based MNCH and FP service delivery, integrated into the regional and national-level health systems
  3. Support efforts that contribute to reducing communities’ dependency on external human and financial resources, and higher-level health services and infrastructure.
  4. Strengthen community-level technical capacity to deliver PIHI, including vision and capacity to replicate and bring to scale successful activities.
  5. Support the expansion of community-based PIHI services, such as activities that encourage exclusive breastfeeding, immunization of children, offering a wider range of contraceptives at the health center and community levels; expanding the “Reaching Every District” (RED) approach with communal authorities; and introducing community-based approach to emergency obstetric care (EmONC).
  6. Create and guide community-initiated opportunities for leadership, skills development, advocacy and community-led resource mobilization initiatives to sustain MNCH and FP services
  7. Adapt and apply continuous MNCH and FP quality improvement tools, national standards and guidelines and best practices for use at the community and health facility level.
  8. Strengthen community-level advocacy efforts to reduce gender inequality and discrimination.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Advanced degree in public health, international development or related field.
  2. At least eight (8) years of experience implementing health programs in developing and transitioning countries, with at least 5 years’ experience providing technical assistance to MNCH/FP programs.
  3. Demonstrated ability in program design, and integrated approaches to community-level service delivery.
  4. Demonstrated experience working effectively with program staff, implementing partners, civil society organizations, community leaders and local government authorities to implement community-based MNCH and FP/RH services and locally-led community engagement initiatives.
  5. Proven ability to carry out local level advocacy, capacity building and social empowerment initiatives.
  6. Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with national and local level government officials, stakeholders, NGOs, and implementing partners.
  7. Excellent management and interpersonal skills
  8. English (Level 4) and French fluency (verbal and written) required
  9. Qualified Beninese nationals and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Chief of Party
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