Technical Lead - Family Planning and Reproductive Health - Burkina Faso/Niger
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Project Overview and Role
The upcoming award will be a 5-year USAID-funded activity designed to improve access to quality health care through traditional and non-traditional approaches to health programming and build the resilience of the populations in Burkina Faso and Niger. The Activity will focus on addressing critical gaps in the continuum of healthcare that result in reduced access to needed MCH/FP and nutrition services, with emphasis on addressing the immediate and proximate barriers to delivering services. The integrated nature of the RISE II platform presents strategic opportunities to integrate maternal child health/ family planning (MCH/FP) and nutrition services through "smart" integration - strategic and cost-effective approaches that maximize opportunities for impact.
The Technical Lead: Family Planning & Reproductive Health is a full-time position for an upcoming award in Burkina Faso and Niger to strengthen and improve the quality of health, family planning and nutrition services provided by local clinics and referral centers. It will also strengthen government systems of support and oversight for village health workers, community engagement in health service delivery accountability, and assist in developing linkages among health services and with other development sectors. The mechanism will provide a means of involvement and collaborative ideation by a wide spectrum of participants from family planning, maternal child health, nutrition, communities, and the health sector. Palladium is hiring a Technical Lead: Family Planning & Reproductive Health to lead and provide strategic direction for the family planning and reproductive health work provided in facilities and the community through this project.Reports to:
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso or Niamey, Niger
- Provide technical oversight and strategic direction on reproductive health/family planning, and ensure appropriate support, for the implementation of program activities focused on improving access to quality services
- Participate in relevant ministry-led technical meetings and contributes to RISE II support to the relevant health ministries for updating FP/RH and quality policies based on global, national, and subnational needs, and supports adoption and adaptation of relevant national policies in program areas to achieve program goals
- Supports awareness of and use of global FP/RH metrics frameworks to prioritize meaningful service delivery and health outcome indicators
- Develops new / reviews evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, curricula, supervisory systems, and other training materials needed for program implementation
- Supports health sector/MOH to design and implement quality improvement work to improve quality of services including provision of mentoring and capacity building (clinical and QI) at appropriate levels (PHCs and hospitals)
- Coordinates assessments and supports health sector to strengthen training, site strengthening, follow-up, supervision, and capacity building across program sites
- Leads the formulation of approaches for quality improvement and scale up of FP/RH services
- Analyses potential strategies to improve access to and quality of services within the context of the program and explains these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and program staff
- Works with healthcare providers, local authorities, community members, and program team members to identify service delivery issues that impede access to and quality of care
- Identifies appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address FP/RH health system and service delivery gaps
- Formulates and tests sustainable solutions to service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training / pre-service education
- Guides MOH, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the revision/development of evidence-based standards for competency in FP/RH
- Reports to Country Director
- Medical degree or a Master's or Doctoral Degree in social sciences, international development, or a related field.
- At least 10 years of professional experience in reproductive health, family planning, maternal and neonatal health, child health, nutrition, with significant experience in project management and service delivery
- Context working with bilateral donors and multi-sector stakeholders, USAID experience required
- Proven track record in working in the non-health-related development sector
- Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills required
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office
- Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial, and evaluative skills
- Knowledge of project management methodology
- Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe
- Ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands
- Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations
- Fluency in French; some English desired