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Options is an international development consulting organization working in the health sector to transform the health of women and girls in developing countries. We work in partnership with governments, health workers, civil society and businesses to bring together knowledge, expertise, and influence to ensure everyone has access to the healthcare they need.
Integrated Service Delivery & Quality of Care Advisor
Programme: The Maternal New Born And Child Health Programme (MNCH2)
Contract type: Full time - 40 hours, Fixed term, until May 2019
About the Programme
The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2) is a country led programme which aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Northern Nigeria and it is funded by the Department for International Development (DFlD)
The MNCH2 programme is being implemented in six states in northern Nigeria: Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Yobe and Zamfara States.
We are looking for an outstanding and experienced Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) & Quality of Care (QoC) Advisor, who will provide strategic leadership and oversight of Quality of Care, service delivery and demand strategies for our MNCH2 project until May 2019.
The Advisor will work closely with programme staff (Advisors at HQ, STLs and Officers in the MNCH2 States) and counterparts at federal and state level to make sure that outputs contribute to and work coherently to improve quality of MNCH services, in the following ways:
Provide strategic direction to the delivery of quality maternal, newborn and child health and related services for women and children in northern Nigeria through capacity building of health workers, improved conditions at facilities, effective facility audits and HRIS data management systems.
Ensuring the programme effectively achieves a significant increase in the delivery of quality services for women and children through an integrated package of essential MNCH, routine immunization and family planning services.
Contribute to increased and effective investment in the quality of health services by government through effective planning and budgeting.
Ensure demand for quality services by communities and make sure that health services meet the needs of women, newborn and children.
In collaboration with the Accountability and Advocacy Advisor ensure availability of robust data and strengthened use of data on MNCH services for evidence based decision making by government and services providers to facilitate evidence based planning and decision making.
Contribute to the generation and dissemination of high quality data, including on QoC.
The Integrated Service Delivery & QoC Advisor will work with and report to the MNCH2 Technical Director, to make sure that the QoC strategy is successfully aligned with other programme strategies and contributes effectively to achieving the results as outlined in the programme logframe.
An Advanced Degree in Public Health or a relevant field
Experience with the development of Quality of Care and Service Delivery strategies and in having a leading role in the implementation of these strategies, overseeing a large team of highly skilled professionals, under a large development programme in Nigeria
At least experience of working on large international development programmes in the area of accountability, governance and advocacy in the health sector.
Understanding and experience working with key existing MNCH and RI strategies in Nigeria.
In depth experience working effectively with Local Government Area, State and Federal level authorities.
A sound understanding of MNCH, RI and FP supply and demand approaches, and existing gaps in the implementation of such approaches in Northern Nigeria.
In depth experience working effectively with LGA, State and Federal level authorities.
Skills and Attributes:
Being an excellent leader and team player, with outstanding interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team.
Familiarity with the political, social, economic, and cultural context of Northern Nigeria required.
A friendly and team-based working environment
Opportunity to work with national and international colleagues
The vital contribution to improving maternal and newborn services in Northern Nigeria
The opportunity to truly “make a difference”
A competitive salary with benefits