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The Associate SRMNCAHN will be based at the CHAI office in Lusaka and report to the Manager HSS. They will work closely and complement the efforts of the relevant MoH and seconded program staff at national and sub-national levels to strengthen collaboration, technical direction, participatory planning, equity, resilience, and human resource strategies using a people-centered approach in the course of program. Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:- In conjunction with the Manager HSS and National Program Coordinator, ensure regular, timely program review meetings which include the program steering meetings, Program Implementation committee meetings, steering committee meetings and program review meetings- Ensure that all relevant stakeholders at all levels are regularly mapped out and constantly and pro-actively engaged in a manner that improves communication, transparency, accountability and reduces duplication at all levels of implementation.- Ensure that emerging and persisting program performance challenges are identified and addressed- Along with the Manager HSS, represent CHAI in all the relevant committees and TWGs such as safe motherhood, adolescents, supply chain, nutrition etc. and national steering committees such as the ICC steering committee etc. - Ensure intersectoral collaboration, by working with other ministries such as the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Community Development, Education to address cross cutting challenges like teenage pregnancy and teenage marriages which reduces the possibility of girls completing school and increases the likelihood of maternal death during childbirth. - Work with MoH and the USAID TA partner- Family Health and Nutrition to ensure that work plans are developed in a participatory manner that speak to frontline needs and community level voices which is essential for IPCHCS. - Support pre-planning meetings with the districts and provinces so that developed work plans flow directly into the MTEF. - Support MoH with developing optimal tracking and deployment of health care workers in program districts to ensure program success. - Set up/plan, coordinate and communicate directly with GRZ and other relevant stakeholders to implement programs/initiatives that will help alleviate the HRH crisis in Zambia especially in pediatrics and child health.- Monitor trends related to quality of care and work with MoH and relevant partners to institute technical strategies to address such gaps- Work with relevant regulatory councils to address any concerns pertaining to health care workers’ attitudes by strengthening respectful nursing care and facilitating the availability of specialist care such as neonatal and pediatric health services. - Ensure that relevant staff at MoH and on the program are oriented in line with the IPCHCS approach. - Support MoH in navigating challenges relating to program planning and implementation due to the COVID19 pandemic which will adversely affect program outcomes- Support MOH to monitor and analyze the stock status of SRMCAH&N commodities and supplies in Eastern and Southern provinces. - Any other duties assigned
The incumbent will work under the supervision and report to the Assistance Director, Child and Newborn Health. In addition, they will also report and work closely with the Program Coordinator on all areas relating to the PeaCe Health program. They will support MOH in ensuring that all neonatal and child health activities on the PeaCe Health program are adequately planned, implemented and reported in a manner that is in line with the program objectives and achieves sets targets. Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:- Support the Child Health Unit to ensure that newborn and child health activities on the PeaCe Health are adequately planned, implemented, and monitored to achieve the program set targets.- Support MOH and other partners to reverse the negative trend in Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) and ensure that high-impact interventions are implemented.- Work with the MOH to provide strategic direction and technical guidance to project districts in implementing the Newborn and Child Health component on the PeaCe Health program.- Support MOH hold regular technical working group meetings involving players in newborn and child health services and ensure that the nutrition component is adequately addressed in the discussions. Support the MOH in the Newborn and Child Health weeks and other important national events.- Work closely with the program team to ensure that other technical sectors are coordinated, integrated and support each other to optimize the project purposes and objectives.- Prepare quality quarterly and annual reports and timely submission of deliverables.- Actively contribute to learning, evaluating, capturing, and disseminating lessons from the program to improve program performance and overall outcomes.- Support capacity building of health workers through (on the job) training and mentoring in integrated people-centered approach in the knowledge and skills to improve newborn and child survival.- Work with MOH and program districts to improve and make available all essential key commodities, equipment for delivery of newborn and child health services, and necessary laboratory diagnostics to ensure basic tests are conducted.- Work with MOH to develop newborn and child health IEC/BCC materials to encourage health care providers to adapt to the integrated people-centered approach for better health practices.- Work with MOH to ensure that program districts conduct integrated community outreach services, promote male involvement, and strengthen referral systems between different care levels.- Work with MOH to support the regular engagement of community structures to address newborn and child health problems associated with gatekeepers, traditional structures, beliefs, attitudes, and practices in all program districts.- Support MOH to strengthen accountability and budget tracking regarding newborn and child health funds allocated by the MOH and provided by cooperating partners.- In collaboration with the M&E officer, ensure that high-quality data on newborn health indicators are collected, analyzed, and utilized to inform decision making, resource allocation, and interventions.- Any other duties assigned.