Reproductive Health Specialist

Employer: Cordaid 
Location: South Sudan, Bentiu
Closing date: 13 Jul 2016

The Cordaid Country office in South Sudan, is looking for a Reproductive Health Specialist to be based in Bentiu,Unity.

Introduction

Cordaid is applying to the Health Pooled Fund for Lot 14 under the HPF Request for Proposals, which includes support to Rubkona County, Guit County and Bentiu State Hospital. Cordaid will be working in a consortium with 2 national NGOs.For this program Cordaid is looking for a Reproductive Health Specialist to be based in Bentiu Town. The expected start date of the Reproductive Health Specialist is 1 October 2016. The selected candidate should be willing to sign a statement confirming his/her present intention to serve in the stated position and his/her present. A contract will be offered in case of a successful bid.

Position and responsibility
The Reproductive Health Specialist will be responsible for strengthening neonatal and child survival initiatives in the supported at the hospital and primary health care level. This includes the development of a Reproductive health plan for the secondary and primary health care services in the area ensuring that the required services are offered. The Reproductive Health Specialist will be based in Bentiu Town. She/he will report to the Cordaid Health Program Manager based in Juba.

Specific objectives of the posting
Develop a Reproductive health plan for the secondary and primary health care services in the area ensuring that the required services are offered;
Plan and conduct short term clinical trainings and Continuous Profession Development (CPD)/Continuous Medical Education (CME) sessions for facility staff and community based health workers i.e. Boma Health Committee (BHC) members, Payam Health committee (PHC) members, traditional birth attendants (TBAs) & Household (Home) Health promoters (HHPs) based on regular training needs assessments;
Conduct hands on mentorship, coaching and appraisal of facility based staff to facilitate skills transfer and retention;
Ensure that facility based health personnel adhere to the Reproductive Health guidelines and the relevant MOH policies and protocols are implemented in all health facilities;
Ensure Parental and Health Education for mothers and their partners or Family members visiting are done at all facilities to support mothers during pregnancy, labour and Postnatal period;
Ensure counseling and preparing mothers for exclusive breastfeeding, baby bathing and postnatal period and family planning services benefits;
Ensure infection control committees and plans (universal precautions & medical waste disposal)/standard operating procedures (SOPs) are place and adhered to respectively at all health facilities;
Ensure accurate and complete data collection and disease surveillance especially in Reproductive Health in supported health facilities;


Training and working with communities with an ultimate goal of encouraging men’s participation in Reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health care including PMTCT;


Encouraging active community participation in public health related activities like construction of latrines and hygiene promotion initiatives like hand washing using soap/water at critical times;


Participate in the quantification of drugs and RH commodities for CHD and hospitals;


Ensured that the minimum RH drugs & essential reproductive health commodities stock supplies, and equipments were available at all times in all supported facilities;


Ensured proper drug storage in cupboards or pharmacy and proper management using stock cards, monthly inventory and discarding expired drugs as and when it occurs;


Maintain high, cordial and professional working relationship with facility based health workers, County Health Department, State Ministry of Health and other partners, including UN, INGOs and local organizations working in Budi and Kapoeta South Counties;


Participate in rapid baseline study (assessment) at the start of the project for RH services


Participate in quarterly integrated support supervisory visits to PHCCS/PHCUs together with the CHD teams using the quantified Supervision Check list (QSC)Conduct on the job training and provide hands on mentorship and mentorship improve the quality of care for reproductive health service;


Plan and support the set up missing new service delivery components in various PHCCS/PHCUs in collaboration with the county health department. These include Provider Initiated testing & counseling (PITC)i.e., prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV including option B+ for pregnant women attending antenatal care/during labour & delivery as well as within 72 hours in post- natal period, testing all patients with sexually transmitted infections for HIV as well testing all patients admitted to medical wards in all the three hospitals; Cotrimoxazole prophylactic therapy (CPT) for all HIV infected clients, Chronic HIV Care including antiretroviral therapy; Immunization for children under one and women of reproductive age group; improved essential newborn care practices; diagnostic ultrasound services including use of fetal Doppler at the state hospital;


Work with key facility staff (facility incharges, midwives, ) to ensure maternal death audits are conducted and documented as they happen while consider cultural diversities while undertaking this activity;


Attend relevant coordination meetings and represent Cordaid when and as requested by the program manager at all fora (facility, CHD, and State Ministry of Health) and provide adequate feedback as required;


Participate & contribute during quarterly review meetings of HPF projects at various hospitals and primary health care levels;


Contribute in the preparation of quarterly technical progress donor reports;


Ensure availability of RH related HMIS recording and reporting tools and equipments at all facilities based on needs to ensure timely submission of all required HMIS monthly reports to the CHD;


Contribute to the development of concept notes and project proposals for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent sexual & reproductive health;
Perform any other duty that may be requested from time to time.

Qualifications
Bachelor degree in Midwifery or Medicine with at least 3 years clinical and public health experience, or diploma in Midwifery and at least 5 years experience;
Must be registered and licensed with relevant professional body in South Sudan or country of origin;
Knowledgeable and willingness to adhere to professional code of conduct and transfer/share skills;
Experience in Guidance and counseling;
Passion for quality and standards;
Adhere to ethical standards and high level of integrity;
Ability to exercise self-control and manage stress;
Willingness to work in remote, rural and often hard to reach & hard to stay settings with very basic social services and amenities;
Ability to adjust to varying degree of workload in a multicultural environment;
Ability to multitask and pay attention to detail.

Specifics of station

This is a non-accompanied posting

Contract information

In case of a successful bid the contract period is for 6 months starting as soon as possible, with the intention to extend for a longer period. We offer a Cordaid contract with a competitive salary and a benefit package which includes R&R, a comprehensive insurance cover, social security and pension contribution, a holiday allowance, 13thmonth, hardship allowance and cost of living allowance (if applicable).

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