Under the overall supervision of the Representative and direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Kaduna Decentalized Office, the Programme Specialist will work with the UNFPA RH team to support the national response in maternal health including antenatal care (ANC), Family Planning (FP), delivery care, post natal care and implementation of the government’s IMNCH strategy. S/He will work with the national counterparts, the UN agencies and other partners to undertake the following tasks:
Provide substantive inputs into the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes to increase access to Maternal health services with quality evidence-based comprehensive intervention packages, within the context of the National IMNCH Strategy, taking into account socio-cultural factors. Working in close collaboration with National and state governments, UN Agencies, NGOs and other partners to ensure that appropriate national capacities are developed for the implementation of quality maternal health programmes.
Guide the development and implementation of policies and strategies for further scaling up the maternal health programme activities of UNFPA in close collaboration with National and state governments, UN Agencies, NGOs and other partners
Provide technical assistance, guidance and support for the operationalization/ implementation of the IMNCH strategy at national and state levels. www.nigerianbestforum.com
Facilitate the involvement of all levels of society namely, government, civil society, NGOs, FBOs and the private sector in the development of plans, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
Support the implementation of programmes to empower women and young people and improve their access to reproductive health information and services.
Support the collection (including through operational research) of lessons learnt and best practices that enhance the effectiveness of RH interventions, disseminate them to stakeholders, and advocate, mobilize and convene partners for large-scale up of response to increase access to RH services and reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.
Continuously analyze population and development, RH and gender issues in the country and provide data for decision making and target setting for RH programming. In addition, provide substantive input into advocacy strategies taking into account political and social sensitivities. Advocate and advance UNFPA’s policy agenda by participating in public information events
Contribute to analyses of national reproductive health data, challenges and priorities focusing on gender issues, women and girls and young and contribute to assessments of gaps in policy environment, policy implementation and programmatic responses. Review RH, maternal health and ASRH related policy and programme documents and provide recommendations to government counterparts and development partners to ensure multi-sectoral, gender-sensitive and evidence-based approaches;
Represent UNFPA in key RH-related fora, including the H4, UN RH Theme Group, RH Technical Working Group (TWG), IMNCH TWG, RHCS TWG and ensure consistent feedback to other UNFPA program sectors on the outcomes and outputs of these mechanisms and processes.
Undertake any other assignments as may be required by the Representative
Integrity/Commitment to our mandate/Valuing Diversity
Developing People/Coaching and Mentoring & Fostering Innovation and Empowerment; Working in Teams;
Analytical and Strategic Thinking and Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence;
Knowledge Sharing/Continuous Learning
Conceptual Innovation in the provision of technical expertise
Leveraging the resources of national governments & partners/Building strategic alliances and partnerships.
Job knowledge/Technical expertise: Good knowledge of Maternal health, especially interventions to improve access to quality antenatal care (ANC), Family Planning (FP), delivery care, post natal care and IMNCH services.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The Ideal Candidate should:
Be a Nigerian National (Male or Female)
Be a Medical Doctor with a post-graduate degree in Public Health or a related Social Science field.
Possess professional experience of a minimum of 10 years preferably in programme/project management in the public and/or private sector linked to maternal health issues especially with international bilateral, multilateral organizations or NGOs.
Possess good technical drafting and report/proposal writing skills and presentation and interpersonal communication skills.
Be experienced in working with government institutions and donor organizations.
Have a strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English.
Have the ability to work under pressure.
Have proficiency in current office software applications.
Have a strong knowledge in the design and implementation of Adolescent and youth programming, will be an asset.