Senior Technical Officer - Emergency Obstetric & Newborn Care (EmONC)

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and dedicated Technical Officer to join the Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) team

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 an enthusiastic and highly organised Senior Technical Officer to join the CMNH team in Nairobi, Kenya. The main scope of this role is to provide technical assistance and support to the Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH) and county governments to develop policies, systems and financial commitments to sustain programme interventions. You will be expected to have a high level of technical expertise to lead the implementation of the programme work plan in Kenya together with the ability to write technical activity reports and contribute to writing quarterly progress, annual review and end of programme reports.

The successful applicant will hold a MBBS or Midwifery qualification or equivalent, coupled with a Master’s degree in public health/epidemiology. You will have a good understanding of current internationally agreed strategies to address maternal and newborn health and be experienced in working with the Ministry of Health, Bilateral Donors and UN organisations, in addition to coordinating high level meetings and workshops and drafting reports and knowledge management outputs for a variety of audiences. Your ability to work as a team leader will be vital to the role as you will be responsible for the management of specific workstreams and development of CMNH Kenya staff. 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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