Technical Officer - Kilifi county Ref 420-19

An exciting opportunity for a dedicated, inspiring and committed Technical Officer has arisen to join the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health team in Kilifi county, Kenya. 

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH)at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in maternal and newborn health. Our vision is to end preventable maternal deaths, stillbirths and early neonatal deaths and improve the health of mothers and babies in low- and middle-income countries.  CMNH-LSTM has delivered successful programmes that aim to improve maternal and newborn health in Kenya since 2009. We have a long-standing and effective working relationship with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kenya, as well as with key stakeholders active in the health sector including the Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO).

The Department for International Development (DFID) is funding a costed extension of the ‘Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths in Kenya’ programme, beginning April 2019.  The four-year programme goal is to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Kenya by ensuring increased and sustainable availability of quality MNH services.  Building on successes of previously DFID-funded maternal and newborn health (MNH) programmes, the programme will contribute to increased and sustainable availability of quality MNH services. This will be done through providing support to: improve health worker knowledge and skills and sustainable systems for training and mentoring, increase the capacity of counties and facilities to monitor and use data to improve MNH quality of care and increase county capacity to plan, budget for and manage MNH services.

CMNH-LSTM will provide technical support at national level and to five counties with the overall purpose of promoting and supporting the institutionalisation and effective stewardship of strategies and interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and to reduce stillbirths in Kenya at national level, as well as directly at county levels.  The five focal counties are Uasin Gishu, Vihiga, Garissa, Kilifi and Taita Taveta.

We are seeking a dedicated and highly organised Technical Officer to join the CMNH team, with the role based in Kilifi county, primarily overseeing implementation in Kilifi and Taita Taveta.   The main scope of this role is to support the implementation of the CMNH-LSTM’s programme work plan in Kenya which will require you to support engagement with relevant stakeholders to work towards developing a framework and mechanism to sustain programme interventions.

The successful applicant will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline and have a good understanding of the strategies and policies for maternal, newborn and child health services with the ability to write high quality reports and contribute to the development of project proposals.  You must have successful work experience in Kenya at national and county level with evidence of high-quality assessment standards.  Clinical field experience in maternal and newborn health in Kenya undertaking duties such as the organisation of maternity services is also essential to the role.  Regular travel to supported counties will be required in the role.

Application should include an updated CV (with education qualification and job-related experience), and a covering letter with functioning email address and phone number.

Closing date: 23rd October 2019

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