Maternal Health and Family Planning Technical Consultant – Kenya

Project overview and role:

In Kenya, NPI EXPAND will support local solutions to increase access and utilization of health services in Narok County. Specifically, the program will provide tailored grants and assistance to local organizations to implement context-specific approaches to remove barriers to family planning access and use and improve health outcomes. maternal health. The activities will also promote continuity of services and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on routine health services. The main beneficiaries of the program are adolescents and young people (girls and boys) in school and out of school, women, men and couples. While the NPI EXPAND program focuses on the health sector, this activity is part of an integrated program that also advances livelihoods, food security, sustainable livestock and conservation in the Mara Landscape. Recipients will need to coordinate closely with county government officials and other organizations working in health, conservation and development in Narok County.

Purpose and objectives

The overall objective of this project is to build the capacity of local partners to increase demand and provide high quality maternal and family planning services to underserved populations in Narok County – Kenya, while ensuring the sustainability of the service. environment on which they depend. Here are the goals:

●Improve the availability of integrated maternal health and family planning information and services through integration with the environment and while addressing gender-related barriers ●Increase awareness, demand and acceptance of maternal health and family planning services by addressing through integration with the environment. ●Strengthen community health and environment platforms, systems and structures to support utilization of maternal health and family planning services ●Strengthen the capacity of the Narok County Health Department to plan, fund and implement implementation of integrated intersectoral health and environment programmes/projects.

NPI EXPAND is seeking an Individual Consultant to provide technical expertise to Maternal Health and Family Planning (MH/FP) subrecipients. The consultant will work closely with the Gender Advisor to ensure that planned activities are gender mainstreamed.

The MH/FP Specialist is a health expert who has managed maternal health and family planning programs and the integration of MH/FP with other health and development activities. The MH/FP Technical Specialist will work under the overall direction of the Country Team Leader, NPI EXPAND Kenya. This position will play an important role in providing technical standards, guidelines, guidance and activities related to the measurement of mental health and family planning (surveillance and response to maternal and perinatal mortality and mortality maternal and perinatal, as well as capacity building.They will be responsible for the technical quality assurance of the SM/FP components of the project.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Establish and implement a system to ensure the technical quality of HD/FP project activities and ensure integration with interventions in other reproductive health activities.
  • Provide mentorship and capacity building at individual and organizational levels to subrecipients on MH/FP and quality of care through the rollout of FP standards and any other government quality documents/guidelines.
  • Work with subrecipients on innovative approaches for scaling up targeted MH/FP services.
  • Provide technical assistance in the roll-out of EmOC and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) mentorship approach in accordance with national guidelines. Ensure that the process is complete and that the healthcare workers (HCWs) supervised are certified competent.
  • Provide technical assistance in rolling out guidelines for monitoring maternal and perinatal deaths and reporting county responses to community levels, including verbal autopsies.
  • Disseminate key HD and FP policy documents to sub-recipients so that they can cascade to sub-counties (i.e. gender, female genital mutilation (FGM), child protection, management of menstrual hygiene linked to HD/FP .
  • Support different partners in reporting family planning and related reproductive and maternal health services according to national guidelines and standards.
  • Provide technical assistance and coordinate the various partners to ensure that community-based distributors are trained to standards recommended by the Government of Kenya, are certified and are fully certified.
  • Provide mentorship to various partners to implement, monitor, and report on facility- and community-based family planning and related maternal health services.
  • Work with partners to ensure that in all sub-counties Product Safety Technical Working Groups are revitalized and active

Qualifications required:

  • Advanced university degree in one of the following fields – public health, medicine, social sciences or other related discipline. The degree should be directly related to the substantive area identified in the position’s job description.
  • 7 years of relevant and increasingly responsible experience in managing health or reproductive health programs, including at least 5 years of national and/or county and community level experience advising on reproductive, maternal and neonatal health, family planning and adolescent sexuality and sexuality. reproductive health.
  • General knowledge of the principles and operational aspects of integrated MH/FP care.
  • Experience in quality improvement in one or more of these areas: maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and/or reproductive health.
  • Thorough knowledge of Government of Kenya family planning and maternal health standards.
  • Experience in training and coaching community health facilities and personnel on family planning and maternal health.
  • Familiarity with USAID family planning and maternal health administration, management, and compliance.
  • Ability to work independently and with team members and partners at all levels.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Work experience building the capacity of local organizations in Kenya and working with international partners.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.
  • Ability to travel within Narok County for up to 60% of mission duration.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be considered for this assignment, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Kenyan national legally registered with the Government of Kenya and compliant with government tax laws; (existing tax identification number, copy of the current tax compliance certificate).
  • Must have the demonstrated experience to fully execute the proposed activities within the proposed time frame.
  • Must have a legal working bank account (provide correct bank details).
  • Must have experience in carrying out family planning and maternal health assignments in Kenya.
  • Previous work in Narok County or similar settings will be an added advantage.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work with multiple stakeholders in performing similar assignments

EXPECTED RESULTS

Monthly reports detailing:

  1. Number of service providers supported, mentoring activities, training updates and recommended areas for improvement.
  2. Advancement of the training of community distributors.
  3. Updates on global mentorship and technical support offered.
  4. Recommendations on areas of improvement to enable quality service delivery.
  5. Advancing the process of revitalizing sub-county Product Safety Technical Working Groups.

SUBMISSION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • Application date and time: September 30, 2022.
  • Expected performance period and level of effort – 20 days.
  • This engagement is expected to be part-time from September 2022 to February 2023.

Company presentation:

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