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- GenderMale, Female
Established in August 2002, The Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan (WADAN) is an indigenous NGO that envisions a peaceful, educated, drug free, democratic, developed and prosperous Afghanistan. Our mission is to advance the spread of democratic principles, development, social justice, human rights, and freedom; and to strengthen communities and local governance by promoting effective community and institutional development practices and drug control initiatives. For details please visit our website at www.wadan.org.
Afghanistan has made progress in the last fifteen years, but still has among the worst universal health coverage (UHC) in the world and is still struggling to extend access to basic health and nutrition services. Tools are needed that can empower poor families to take control over children’s and mothers’ health care. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan still uses separate records for birth registration, pregnancy monitoring, birth monitoring, vaccination, growth monitoring and childhood illness monitoring. There is no document that is owned by the family that records the mother and child’s trajectory from pregnancy through delivery and the first year of life.
Since January 2016, the MoPH, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners have been working together to develop Afghanistan’s first ever integrated home based hand held personal maternal, child, health and nutrition record. A prototype, the Afghanistan MCH Handbook (MCH-HB) has recently been developed and evaluated. The MoPH is now ready to scale up the MCH-HB across the 34 provinces in Afghanistan.
Under the overall supervision of the RMNCAH Director, the MCH-HB Project Senior Technical Officer will provide technical inputs on MCH-HB scale up project activities in close collaboration with the RMNCAHD, PND, EPI, HPD, targeted Provincial Public Health Directorates, UNICEF, and JICA.
She/he will directly report to the MCH-HB Project Manager and will be a full-time staff member of the department. She/he will monitor timely implementation of MCH-HB project activities according to project implementation plan.
The position holder needs to provide technical inputs to strengthen the capacity of the Provincial Public Health Directorates and BPHS implementers for the timely implementation, monitoring, and supervision of the project. The post holder should be willing to travel to field/provinces. She/he should ensure timely provision of information and reporting to, the MCH-HB Project Manager.
Coordination and Management of Scale up
- Arrange quarterly, semiannually, and annual MCH-HB review workshops.
- Coordinate with the MCH-HB scale up implementation team at provincial level and ensure their timely deliverables.
- Provide technical support in revision of MCH-HB (if required) in the next phases of scale up to adjust to the local needs and MoPH new policies.
- Present MCH handbook at related events as needed.
Development of Training Materials
- Provide technical input for review, revision and development of training materials for health care providers (nurses, midwives, vaccinators, and nutrition counsellors) and MCH HB operational guideline in close coordination with the MCH-HB technical working group.
- Provide technical input for review, revision and development of orientation materials for CHWs/CHSs in close coordination with the CBHC department of MoPH.
- Follow up of timely implementation of trainings and orientation sessions for health care provider, CHW/CHS and Provincial Health Managers.
- Implementation of training plan for health care providers, CHWs/CHSs and Provincial Health Managers in close coordination with RMCAHD, PND, EPI, and HPD of MoPH to enable them to receive training and orientation in the MCH-HB.
- Conduct post training follow up sessions in randomly selected HFs.
Supplies and distribution
- Liaise with RMNCAHD, PND, EPI, HMIS and HPD of MoPH for finalization of MCH-HB package for printing. This includes the MCH-HB, stock cards, tally sheets, registers and monitoring forms.
- Follow up of timely procurement of project supplies.
- Coordinate supply of the MCH handbook to the provinces.
Monitoring and data reporting
- Conduct regular monitoring to ensure quality implementation of the work of the provincial coordinators and MCH-HB staff.
- Collection, compile and analyze monitoring data and prepare periodic monitoring reports.
- Provide necessary information to Project National Coordinator for his/her report writing on the field.
- Provide written feedback to the implementing NGOs and Provincial Coordinators and develop action plan against monitoring findings.
- Follow up of timely procurement of project supplies and process of funds including sending timely RMNCAHD requests to UNICEF.
- Follow up of timely liquidation of process payments.
- Apply MoPH approved rule and regulations in fund utilization, this includes training payments and other project expenses.
- Academic Requirements: Medical Doctor, Master Degree in Public Health will be an advantage;
- Excellent knowledge of the Afghanistan health system, BPHS/EPHS program, MCH-HB implementation, national RMNCAHD strategic priorities and MOPH national policies and strategy;
- Experience: At least three years professional experience, preferably in the area of capacity building, project management, monitoring and supervision of public health programs, as well as proven experience in implementing health projects;
- Languages: Fluency in speaking Dari, Pashto and English languages as well as professional business writing skills
- Computer skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications and data analysis software
Please kindly first read carefully Job Description (JD) and if your work experience and qualification match the requirements of the position then apply.
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