Global Thematic Lead – Maternal & Newborn Health 158 views

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Role overview

You will provide technical leadership for a set of existing and aspiring programmes in maternal & newborn health (MNH) across VSO’s operational geographies but with an initial priority focus in Africa. The aim is to identify and use programme evidence to develop model(s) and help successfully take MNH programmes to scale through attracting adequate, long term-funding. Preferred location East of Africa but the role could be based in any of the VSO country offices in Africa or Asia.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Technical degree in a field related to maternal and newborn health.
• Extensive experience and knowledge of MNH programming.
• Strong knowledge of and expertise in maternal and new born health issues in developing country contexts with relation to the SDGs
• Evidence of successful technical support that resulted in quality improvement to MNH programmes.
• Experience of MNH programme implementation in at least two developing country contexts; one preferably in East Africa.
• Evidence of innovation in MNH development issues with at least one example that resulted in programme to scale.
• Strong evidence of cross thematic and cross functional collaboration and influence that successfully generated funding for MNH programmes.
• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and with a range of demanding actors to deliver results.
• Proven experience in budget management, including developing, monitoring and managing relevant expenditure plans.
• Excellent understanding and demonstrated experience of project cycle management, organisational assessment, planning and M&E tools and processes relevant to MNH.
• Leadership and people relations skills; including handling complex situations to an effective conclusion; experience of working in and contributing to high performing teams.
• Self-motivated, focused, and ability to use own initiative.
• Oral and written fluency in English, with ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
• Able to travel, including work away from the home base for at least 30% of time, within targeted programmes in Africa and for external engagements with some weekend and evening work.

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure you have the right to work in one of the VSO locations.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

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