MSH Senior Technical Officer, Child and Newborn Health Jobs

MSH seeks to recruit a highly-motivated and result-oriented Senior Technical Officer, Child and Newborn Health Senior Specialist for a five-year program (2016-2021), implemented in selected sub-counties in Baringo and Nakuru Counties.

The purpose of the program is to enhance access to and utilization of quality family planning, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services in the target areas. The position will be based in Kuresoi, Nakuru County.

The Senior Technical Officer will oversee the strengthening of provider skills in newborn healthcare services by scaling up high impact interventions and reinforcing widely accepted standard care practices.

S/he will also be responsible for guiding the scale-up of the use of ORS/zinc in the management of diarrhoea in private facilities as well as addressing inequities in immunization coverage through the Reaching Every Community (REC) approach.

The officer will utilize the national Harmonized Competency Based Training Curriculum for Obstetrics and Neonatal Care to ensure appropriate care at various levels as well as a reinforced referral system through continuous trainings and training of trainers.

Specific Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Senior Technical Advisor, the officer will undertake the following activities;

  • Utilizing distance learning approaches, conduct trainings to review standard new-born care practices including early breastfeeding initiation and lactation counseling.
  • Introduce high-impact practices such as kangaroo mother care for preterm/low birth weight babies, chlorhexidine cord care, and neonatal resuscitation (Helping Babies Breathe).
  • Additional topics will include compassionate and respectful counseling as well as injectable antibiotics for sepsis treatment.
  • Train and mentor healthcare workers at high-volume health facilities in an exchange program to ensure providers have practical supervised experience in a setting
    with sufficient caseload to ensure diversity and depth of experience.
  • Train trainers for the staff of private clinics and pharmacies to provide ORS/ZINC as part of their provided services.
  • Promote data review of the various mentoring and quality improvement approaches to ensure continuous provision and quality improvement.
  • Using tailored plans and Community Champions, among other approaches, collaborate with county authorities to design and implement a quality assurance strategy and to implement the Reaching Every Community (REC) approach to address inequities in immunization coverage.

    Qualifications and Experience

  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree in public health or other related field with atleast 5 years demonstrated experience implementing new born and child healthcare interventions.
  • The candidate should have proven experience training healthcare workers in high volume settings.
  • S/he should have strong written and oral presentation skills.
  • In addition, s/he should have strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications, teamwork and partnering abilities.
  • Willingness to relocate to Kuresoi and to travel within Kenya required.

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 18th May, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; MSH Senior Technical Officer, Child and Newborn Health Jobs

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