Health Adviser (Maternal, Newborn, Child Health) - job share

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Health Adviser (Maternal, Newborn, Child Health) - job share

London or Dublin, 30% travel - equating to two trips per year
5C, £39,531 pro rata (i.e. £19,765 per annum)
6 month fixed term (with potential to extend) Job share 0.5fte
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Job specification

Job purpose: 

To contribute to high quality health programming, particularly in maternal, newborn and child health, through advising country teams and through documentation and knowledge management across the range of contexts in which Concern works – emergency, fragile, development. The MNCH Adviser is an integral member of the Health team within our Strategy, Advocacy and Learning (SAL) Directorate in Dublin.

Main duties & responsibilities: 

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical and strategic support for design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of
    1. country and multi-country health programmes, with a focus on maternal, newborn and child health, and
    2. individual and multi-country multi-sectoral programmes that have considerable health components

in line with Concern’s health strategies and global best practice. This will include travel to countries where Concern is operational.

  1. Support capacity building initiatives with Concern and partner staff including distance mentoring and information sharing, formal and informal training and coaching during field visits, and production of technical briefs and guidance notes for staff use.
  2. Work with country teams to identify innovative approaches to access health information (such as through mHealth) and health services (including micro health insurance).
  3. In coordination with country programme staff and other members of the SAL advisory team, synthesise, document and disseminate lessons learned from Concern health programming, including where this is implemented as part of a wider multi-sectoral or area based programme, and operational research in the form of internal and external papers and presentations.
  4. Support and maintain relationships with other agencies, including research organisations and donors and represent Concern in national, regional and international forums as relevant.
  5. Collaborate on multi-sectoral / inter-departmental integration and initiatives (e.g. assessment and monitoring/evaluation tools, learning papers, global reports, cross-cutting, advocacy and communication activities, fundraising inputs), as appropriate.
  6. Participate in Rapid Emergency Response short-term country deployments as necessary.


    Person specification

    Person specification (essential): 

    Skills and Experience Required:

    • Post graduate qualification in public health or equivalent with current knowledge in maternal, neonatal and child health and good familiarity with recent developments in the evidence base for good MNCH practice in resource-poor settings.
    • At least three years’ experience in the design, management and monitoring and evaluation of health programmes in varied developing country contexts, particularly maternal, neonatal and child health programmes.
    • Previous experience in implementing an mHealth approach or engagement with health insurance in a developing country context.
    • Experience in health system strengthening and a good understanding of capacity building approaches.
    • Competence using quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods for programme planning / design, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Training and facilitation skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills in English.
    • Ability to work both as part of a team & independently.
    • Ability to travel internationally up to 30%. -  equating to two trips per year
    Person specification (desirable): 
    • Experience in social and behavioural change methodologies, targeting adolescents and adults.
    • Familiarity with cross-cutting approaches such as HIV mainstreaming, rights-based, gender, equality and partnership approaches, and international standards for humanitarian interventions
    • Written and spoken French

    To apply

    To apply, submit CV with a covering letter describing how you meet the person spec. Closing date for the role is 20th June 2018.