Technical Advisor, Child Health and Development – Proposal
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Technical Advisor, Child Health and Development – Proposal
Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.
Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.
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Division & Project Overview:
University Research Co., LLC (URC), a US-based public health organization working in Tanzania since 2003, is seeking experts for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded contract to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. The awardee will increase the demand for and use of quality integrated RMNCAH services in target regions, particularly women of reproductive age, youth and children, by improving access to quality RMNCAH services in both facilities and the surrounding communities, promoting positive health-seeking behaviors among Tanzania’s population, and enhancing the overall policy environment for RMNCAH service delivery.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- The Technical Advisor, Child Health and Development is responsible for providing overall leadership, coordination and management for the implementation of high-quality child health services and health-seeking behaviors across supported districts. S/he will provide technical oversight and capacity building for health workers in supported health units to ensure the delivery of quality, relevant and evidence-based interventions, including improved interpersonal communication between providers and caregivers. S/he will be responsible for leading the projects’ efforts to improve the health of children in the supported districts through community engagement, multi-sectoral coordination at the community and district levels, and utilization of best practices in behavior change. S/he will contribute to efforts in strengthening nutrition, diarrhea prevention and treatment, pneumonia treatment, and integrated case management at facility and community levels.
- Spearhead the development and implementation of the project child health strategies and work plans
- Work in collaboration with supported health units and districts to implement activities related to the community management of acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, fever and malaria, the revitalization of ORT/zinc, improved water, hygiene and sanitation and infant and young child feeding to prevent diarrhea, the distribution and promotion of insecticide-treated bed nets, etc.
- Work in collaboration with the Early Childhood Development National Taskforce and relevant ministries and units to support rollout and adaptation of tools and resources for the nurturing care framework
- Oversee development of work plans for Child Health interventions at supported health units and as well as their implementation
- Track key performance indicators and strategies to determine progress in achievement of targets and innovations across supported districts
- Lead planning of integrated child development and health systems strengthening activities designed to increase quality of care and improve developmental outcomes for children under 5
- Manage specific activities, as assigned; work with colleagues to prepare activity plans and budgets; liaise with stakeholders; provide direct technical input in areas of expertise; monitor and report on progress; and participate in review meetings
- Participate on behalf of the project in appropriate technical meetings and conferences
- Participate in the coordination with international and national partners non-governmental organizations, in the development and implementation of the global child health and development agenda
- Assist in identifying and supervising consultants and in mentoring and supervising junior technical and operations staff
- Conduct targeted site supervision visits to supported health units and communities in the district to provide technical assistance, capacity building and mentorship of health workers and other community leaders
- Work with other project staff, to plan and implement quality improvement activities, including supporting health unit teams to achieve efficient delivery of services
- Prepare periodic program reports, as may be required
- Supervise other staff as designated
- Perform other duties commensurate with training and experience
Required Experience & Qualifications
Clinical degree (nursing or MD); MPH or equivalent with a focus on child health
Five (5) years of child health experience
Desired Experience & Qualifications
- Experience in the design, implementation, management and evaluation of primary health care services related to child health is desirable;
- MD degree/pediatrician is desirable;
- Demonstrable technical experience in public health management of acute respiratory infections (ARI), diarrhea, fever, malnutrition and feeding counseling; experience with social and behavior change programs will be an asset;
- Demonstrable technical experience in early childhood development
- Previous experience in community case management of childhood illness is desirable, preferably working at all levels of the health system;
- Demonstrable multi-sector coordination abilities and experience with early childhood development approaches is desirable;
- An effective team player who has the proven ability to work successfully with other technical and managerial colleagues in a fast-paced work setting;
- Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality;
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently; excellent time management, organizational and reporting skills; and
- Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills
- Please note: this position is contingent upon securing award.
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/career-opportunities.
You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.
*Contingent Upon Contract Award*
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