Position: Officer – Maternal, Child health and Nutrition Project Officer (MCHN) (1)
Duty Station : Kalulushi
Role Purpose
The MCHN Project Officer is responsible for supporting the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of community implemented Maternal & Child health and nutrition programmes supported by the Save the Children Zambia Country Sponsorship Program.
Key areas of accountability:
Technical Support and Capacity Building
  • Monitoring Child eligibility/ineligibility and ensuring that each enrolled child participates in child sponsorship funded programs or receive a program benefit that is identifiable and can be documented.
  • Ensuring that strategic selection and enrolment of children in sponsorship program without discrimination is achieved.
  • Ensure that children are protected against forms of abuse by their families and communities.
  • Provide the necessary technical assistance related to maternal, new born, child health and nutrition to the project and partners
  • With support from the Programme Managers identify, plan, implement, monitor and coordinate health activities relevant to maternal, new born and child health and nutrition and ensure they are within sponsorship policies.
  • Establish regular liaison with the Ministry of Health, other relevant government ministries, to build effective and coordinated approaches to the provision of health and nutrition to mothers and children.
  • Mobilize communities to discuss lessons learned, promising practices, and ways to expand both coverage and quality of programming.
  • Coordinate knowledge and skills-building initiatives in order to improve nutrition capacity to enhance children’s health and wellbeing
  • Provide technical support and advice leading to the development of new initiatives within the child sponsorship and Education program
  • Initiate and conduct capacity building activities as required to strengthen staff and partner ability to implement, monitor and report on MCHN activities
  • Liaise with the Program Development Quality team to develop plans for technical support, M&E, documentation of best practices and advocacy – as well as concept papers and project proposals for programme development.
Budget management
  • Hold responsibility to ensure timely expenditure for planned activities by partners in program implementation
  • Monitor budget utilisation in accordance with SC guidelines
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Follow up partners and community annual and quarterly implementation plans and reporting requirements according to SC guidelines
  • Conduct regular project monitoring visits to all sites, reviewing project outcomes with stakeholders and adjust work plans as necessary
  • Ensure partner compliance with donor and relevant country legislature requirements
External relations
  • Ensure positive relationships with ALL partners
  • Represent SC in meetings with local government authorities, other NGO’s and Lead and support relevant advocacy initiatives, including strengthening the application of the maternal and child health and nutrition  Policy and practices at the community, district and national levels
  • Establish regular liaison with the Ministry of Health, Community development, other relevant government ministries, to build effective and coordinated approaches to the provision of MCHN to children
Qualifications and experience:
  • Degree or Diploma or equivalent in an area of social work/Clinical, Nursing and Public health nutrition
  • Recommended a minimum of 3 years management experience in maternal and child health program
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience of solving complex issues
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Fluency in English, and Bemba or Lamba (both verbal and written)
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
Location: Kalulushi, Zambia
Contract – Full-Time
Closing date: Tuesday 4 October 2016
All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified
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