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National Coordinator, People at the Center of Health Program
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)
Country Programs - Zambia
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Job Description

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

With funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), CHAI will support the Ministry of Health (MoH) in the implementation of the People at the Centre (PeaCe) Health Program.

From 2015 to-date, Sida has worked in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), has worked to improve Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health, and Nutrition (RMNCAHN) service delivery in Zambia. The PeaCe Health program is a government program that will build on the successes of the RMNCAHN program and will be based on the WHO Integrated People-Centered Health Care Service (IPCHCS) framework. The Embassy of Sweden in Zambia will be supporting this phase of the PeaCe Health Program which will run from 2021 to 2024, supporting the MoH at both national and sub-national levels.

Project Description:

The broad objective is to strengthen the accountability and coordination on the People at the Centre (PeaCe) of Health Program in delivering Integrated People-Centered Health Care Services (IPCHCS) in Eastern and Southern Province. This broad objective will be achieved through the following pathways:

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  1. Improve people-centered RMNCAHN Program Management & Coordination: This will involve strengthening strategic oversight and planning through a re-engineered program implementation committee and stakeholder engagement. Interventions under this pathway will ensure participatory planning and equity with key voices being part of the planning process.
  2. Adoption of IPCHCS approach in the provision of RMNCAHN services and improved human care services: This will be done by ensuring IPCHC adoption in the provision of RMNCAHN services through capacity building and strengthening human resources to deliver People-Centered RMNCAHN services.
  3. Improve Program Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation of people-centered RMNCAHN services through the strong systems for tracking program progress which will seek to optimize program performance by monitoring key performance areas where necessary by drawing from CHAI's experience on Result Based Financing.
  4. Improve Documentation, Dissemination and Learning: This will be strengthened by improving the quality of program reports, knowledge products and how they are disseminated and translated into practice. People-centered research designs as well as participatory action research methods will be considered.
  5. Improve Financial Accountability for the PeaCe Health program. This will be improved by supporting the effective use of Navision and other financial controls. This will ensure that beneficiaries enjoy the optimal benefits of the program.
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Scope of Work

In order to achieve the outlined objectives, CHAI seeks a National Program Coordinator (NPC) to be based at the MoH Headquarters to support the management and implementation of the PeaCe Health Program. They will work on the Strengthening Accountability and Coordination for PeaCe Health Program.

Responsibilities

The position will support MOH to reduce duplication and improve efficiency within the MoH system during program implementation. The incumbent will work with the provincial teams to facilitate timely documentation and submission of project result challenges and best practices.

The incumbent will work under the supervision of and report to the Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health. In addition, they will work very closely with colleagues based at the CHAI Zambia office to coordinate and report on all areas of program management and implementation. They will also be responsible for strengthening communication between the various MoH teams at national and sub-national levels, between MoH and relevant GRZ ministries and agencies, and between partners/stakeholders via multiple platforms. They will have priority geographic focus at the national level and all program districts in Southern and Eastern Provinces.

Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical support for the operationalization of the SIDA funds, including the supporting provinces in the planning, coordination, and implementation of the project activities.
  • Facilitate the timely documentation of project results, challenges, and best practices.
  • Support the Maternal Health component of the PeaCe Health Program as follows:
    • Provide guidance to the provinces to ensure that high-impact maternal health interventions are well articulated in the provincial and district plans and budgets to achieve the highest program quality.
    • Work closely with the provincial and district health offices to assist in the planning, implementing, and monitoring of the maternal health services platform components based on the National Strategies and guidelines.
    • Promote, monitor, and assess the implementation of integrated approaches to maternal health service delivery at both facility and community levels.
    • Provide management and monitoring assistance for the planning, delivery, and use of program inputs for maternal health activities to ensure attainment of the program objectives.
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  • Facilitate the health facility assessment.
  • Collate analysis and information on the progress for sharing in the monthly technical working group meetings at the national and sub-nation level as well as periodic briefings to the Program Implementation Committee (PIC)
  • Liaise with key stakeholders at the central level to ensure alignment of RMNCAH funded project activities within government programs.
  • Document project findings to support evidence-based advocacy that will ensure scaleup of keys lessons learned from the project in other provinces.
  • Work with the CHAI team and MoH to ensure PeaCe Health program activities translate to achieving set program targets.
  • Guide provinces to ensure that the PeaCe Heath project activities are reflected in the provincial and district plans.
  • Coordinate closely with MOH and partners and relevant technical working groups on the RMNCAHN to improve collaboration and reduce duplication;
  • Ensure efficient program and asset management.
  • Ensure that an Integrated People-Centered Approach is adopted in program implementation.
  • Support MOH to ensure routine monitoring, accountability, and course corrections to the national program in line with approved work plan.
  • Build capacity in the Provincial RMNCAH&N Coordinators to ensure identification and prioritization of high-impact maternal health interventions.
  • Ensure the documentation and dissemination of best practices on the program obtained from program trends, health systems and services research, case studies, and reports from the field in a manner that ensures continuous learning and adapting.
  • Conduct regular monitoring field visits to the provinces and districts to ensure appropriate support and mentoring of the health staff and peer educators.
  • Any other duties assigned.
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Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree Social Sciences, Nursing, Public Health or with a minimum of five years’ work experience, with at least three years in RMNCAHN or similar integrated health programs using a people-centered approach
  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Business Administration, Project Management will be an added advantage
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and management skills, especially in the RMNCAHN space
  • Experience working in public health and with international organizations in Zambia
  • Familiarity with GRZ healthcare worker is training curriculums, teaching methodologies and the public health sector systems
  • Experience and knowledge of the RMNCAHN Results-Based Financing model in Zambia is desirable
  • Excellent English language fluency, both written and verbal required

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