• Associate, Maternal and Newborn Health Surveillance Systems

    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
    Additional Location Description
    With ~ 50 – 60% of travel domestically
  • Overview

    Clinton Health Access Initiative 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.


    Program Background:

    Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health outcomes in Uganda remain below national and global targets despite concerted efforts by policy makers, health managers, service providers, development partners and civil society organizations. While investments in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health have translated into tremendous scale up of essential services for women, children and adolescent girls, indicators remain poor. For instance, while under five mortality reduced by 50% between 2006 and 2016, neonatal mortality increased over the same period of time from 24 per 1,000 live births  to 27 per 1,000 live births; far from the national goal of 10 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births by 2020.


    Maternal mortality is unacceptably high, with a nationwide maternal mortality ratio of 336 per 100,000 live births, indicating that the risk of a woman in Uganda dying due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth is four times the global average and above the national target of 211 per 100,000 live births by 2020. Uganda’s modern contraceptive prevalence rate among married women is 35% and only 20% among married adolescents, contributing to a high teen pregnancy rate.


    CHAI will implement an evidence based Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health project to support the Government of Uganda address the challenges above. The 4 year project will focus on ensuring that timely and quality Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health services are available and accessible to women, adolescents and children.  Working at national, district and community level, the program will focus on equipping, and building the capacity of the health system to ably manage, deliver and sustain improvement in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health programming. The project will be implemented in 5 districts.


    Position Description:

    The Associate will be a focal point responsible for collaboration with the CHAI program team and the Ministry of Health in strengthening assessment, research, and program activities for public health surveillance of community-based maternal and neonatal health and tracking maternal and neonatal mortality and stillbirths in CHAI program areas.


    This position will require approximately 50 – 60% domestic travel.


    • 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 system
    • 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 establishment of technology-based solutions to facilitate electronic reporting
    • Perform any other functions as may be assigned by supervisor


    • Bachelor's degree in business, statistics or equivalent
    • Minimum 3 years of experience as an analyst, preferably doing monitoring and evaluation work
    • Significant experience working in a Health and Demographic Surveillance System and program monitoring systems
    • Experience with community-based interventions including conducting verbal and social autopsies at community level
    • Experience in collecting, reviewing, analyzing and validating longitudinal data
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
    • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills
    • Strong project Management skills


    Key competencies:

    • Practical project management experience
    • Guides a subset of program/functional development across related project areas
    • Provides advice on effectiveness of program, systems or procedures
    • Recommends initiatives and priorities within a defined program area or function
    • Able to prioritize work objectives
    • Able to work independently
    • Assists in identifying discrete issues, develops presentable insights and recommendations
    • Analyses data and draws conclusions from data
    • Manages the development and maintenance of databases and tools
    • Able to present findings from analysis
    • Designs approaches to collect data and improve processes
    • Coordinates and establishes credibility with internal and department head level external stakeholders


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