• Technical Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health Surveillance (Zambia)

    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • Overview

    The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org


    CHAI’s integrated sexual, reproductive, maternal and neonatal health (SRMNH) approach is aimed at dramatically reducing unintended pregnancies, maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths. This approach begins with reaching adolescents with reproductive health education and services, and continues with supporting women through their reproductive years to ensure every woman is able to realize her reproductive intentions including: avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, terminate a pregnancy safely under a country’s legal framework, have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, see her newborn thrive from birth to childhood, and space and limit births. Underlying CHAI’s approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation, support transition and enable governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of a country’s SRMNH program.


    CHAI Zambia is seeking a Technical Advisor, to be based in Zambia. The Technical Advisor will provide technical oversight for the establishment and maintenance of a community-based maternal and neonatal health surveillance system to track maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths.



    The Technical Advisor will be part of the SRMNH team, and will report to the Senior Program Manager for SRMNH.  The Technical Advisor will work closely with the local program teams, CHAI country teams doing similar work in other locations, and CHAI’s global Applied Analytics Team (AAT). The Technical Advisor will also work in close collaboration with the government and will interact on a regular basis with donors, NGOs, companies, academic and research institutions and civil society.


    The position is subject to donor approval and funding availability.


    • Design the community maternal and neonatal health surveillance system
    • Provide technical oversight of the community maternal and neonatal health surveillance system
    • Develop training materials and deliver trainings for community health workers and government officials at various levels to understand data capture and use for the surveillance systems
    • Create a strategy for and conduct systematic data quality audits
    • Perform data analysis to document changes in health outcomes over time and across geographies
    • Support reporting to donors and partner governments through data analysis and identify gaps and challenges in meeting targets
    • Develop a process for and lead regular program performance reviews using data from the surveillance system
    • Develop tools and strategies to transition the management of the surveillance system to the government
    • Investigate options for and support the established of technology-based solutions to facilitate electronic reporting
    • Perform other duties as assigned


    • Master’s degree in public health, economics, or a related field and minimum of 5+ years of relevant work experience
    • Experience with surveillance and program monitoring systems
    • Experience with community-based interventions and programs
    • Statistical analysis skills with demonstrated hands-on experience with SAS, Stata, or equivalent
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Demonstrated capacity to synthesize data into an effective presentation of results for a variety of audiences
    • Demonstrated strong analytical, organizational, leadership, and problem solving skills
    • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and able to build strong professional relationships with a range of stakeholders in a challenging, multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to work independently and effectively in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, be effective in high-pressure situations and adapt to fast-paced and changing environments with a strong commitment to excellence, both internally and externally, and with limited-structural support
    • Exceptional problem-solving skills and ability to make linkages between interventions/programs


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