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Although some progress has been made, Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rates remain unacceptably high in Lesotho. The Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has decreased from 936 per 100,000 live births in 2006 (LPHC, 2006) to 618 per 100,000 in 2016 (LPHC, 2016) however, despite these gains, Lesotho is still far behind meeting its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 targets, with a lifetime risk of maternal death estimated at 1:32. Like the MMR, Lesotho’s Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) is also unacceptably high. According to UNICEF, the NMR was 38.5 per 1,000 live births in 2016, representing only a small reduction since the 1990s when the NMR was 40 per 1,000 live births.
Recognizing the need for an innovative and high impact response to reduce the high maternal and child mortality rates, CHAI - Lesotho in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other implementing partners, plans to roll out Maternal and Newborn Health program (M-MAMA) that will focus on expanding access to emergency transportation and strengthening referrals by establishing an innovative public-private Maternal and Newborn Emergency Transportation system (EmTS); and leveraging on other existing maternal and newborn interventions to accelerate reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Lesotho. A timely referral network is essential to ensure that women and newborns can access facility services and receive skilled care especially when complications arise. Improved, affordable and scalable transportation to health facilities will allow women to reach facilities in time for delivery, or to be quickly sent to higher levels for comprehensive emergency obstetric care when experiencing complications.
The Program is implemented in a phased manner conducting activities at national, district, health facility and community levels. CHAI is leading the M-MAMA partnership in supporting district level implementation.
CHAI-Lesotho is seeking a highly qualified and motivated individual with experience in supporting health project implementation and stakeholder engagement experience as a District Coordinator, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH). The District Coordinator will report to the Senior Program Manager, Women and Children Health and work with other program team members, including government and implementing partners. H/she will support the setup and launch, implementation and transitioning to government ownership of the M-Mama program in Lesotho, at the sub-national levels.
The specific role of District Coordinator will be to strengthen capacity of strengthen the health system at district, health facility and community level and enable sustainable delivery of M-MAMA Program interventions services. The District Coordinator, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) is the primary focal person responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of M-MAMA project activities in the respective catchment districts and as guided by the program goals, objectives and implementation frameworks. The District Coordinator, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) will provide technical assistance to District Health Management Teams, Health Facilities and Communities to implement and monitor M-MAMA program activities in the district. He/she will also be responsible for establishing and strengthening good coordination with government leadership structures including the entire District Health Teams, District Administration and other Local Government structures including area Chiefs, Councilors and Village Health Workers. The Coordinator will support catchment districts, dispatch centres and health facilities to effectively manage community transporters. The District Coordinator, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) will organize, provide oversight, and facilitate events including logistical and technical support to the planned program interventions in the district ensuring compliance with CHAI Lesotho financial and operational guidelines and procedures.
The position will be based in Leribe.
Overall Program implementation and technical support for quality project implementation