Senior Programme Officer for Maternal and Newborn Health Job in Kenya

Senior Programme Officer for Maternal and Newborn Health – Kenya Country Office Save the Children

Team/Programme: Programme Operations

Location: Wajir

Grade:  4

Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose:

SCI Kenya is rolling out a three (3) year Maternal and Newborn health (MNH) programme in Wajir. The programme is funded by UK Aid and is expectedly to increase demand for and utilisation of quality maternal and newborn health (MNH) services among pregnant women and new-borns leading to reduction in associated morbidity and mortality in Wajir County.

It will directly benefit women, new-borns, and marginalised communities in target Counties. The project will also empower communities to proactively address MNH issues and to demand increased government commitment for equitable delivery of quality health services.  The holder of this position will be core to ensuring delivery of quality facility-based MNH components.

Scope of Role:

This job will play a critical role in ensuring effective mobilisation in the MNH programme. The officer is accountable for providing technical support and assistance to the programme and County Health team in the planning, execution, and monitoring of facility-based (clinical aspects) MNH for improved practices.

H/She works closely with C/SNOs and facility in-charges and other programme officers under the general guidance of the Programme Coordinator.

The Senior MNH Officer is further expected to design, test and deploy OJT and capacity development strategies to support all pillars of the MNH programme including health advocacy at health facility, sub-County Primary Care facilities and County Referral Hospital levels.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  none

Key Areas of Accountability:

Support to Programme Delivery

  • Effectively support the delivery of the facility aspects of maternal and newborn health of programme intervention in synergy with the community-based aspects to address the major underlying causes of poor maternal and newborn health in Wajir namely low demand by households and a weak health facility systems and processes for maternal and newborn care
  • Provide effective technical support to facility health workers from county government counterparts and other partners in maternal and newborn health
  • Planning and implementation of program activities including community engagement and mobilization and social dialogue
  • Organizing and rolling out training and capacity building initiatives for resource persons including community health volunteers, Muslim religious leaders, mother to mother support groups and facility health workers on FANC, PNC, NIDs, Malezi Bora, and EMONC
  • Champion innovative initiatives for facility-based maternal and newborn health services including assessment and procurement support of material and equipment for essential newborn health and emergency obstetric care
  • Analysing facility based data such as ANC uptake, skilled deliveries, Management of complications on a monthly basis and provide advice for improvement as appropriate

Partnerships for MNH

  • Ensure close collaboration with various professional groups and non-governmental organisations active in MNH to facilitate learning and model best practice.
  • Foster partnerships with other programmes including ESHE-FP and Nutrition for an integrated approach to MNH
  • Ensure effective integration with other health grants in areas of geographical overlap
  • Provide on-going support to county government counterparts and other partners in OJT and capacity development of health workers on essential maternal and newborn health practices
  • Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL)
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of programme activities including preparation of monitoring reports and mainstreaming accountability mechanisms.
  • Jointly conducting regular site monitoring visits to ensure quality programme implementation
  • Developing and sharing periodic project reports including trip reports, distribution reports, activity reports, weekly reports, monthly and quarterly, biannual and annual donor reports
  • Ensure effective documentation of case studies, success stories or human interest stories

Key Competencies (our Values in Practice)

  • Delivering results:  Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious
    Goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/ organization.
  • Problem solving and decision making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering
    and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organization and making appropriate
  • Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional
    expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practice within and outside the
  • Communicating with impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and
    influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and
    trust with others.
  • Working effectively with others:  Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on
    diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure
    effective cross-boundary working

SCI Values: Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, Accountability and Integrity

Qualifications And Experience

  • A registered Community Health Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or related field with strong Health Promotion and Health Systems Strengthening. Optionally, a KRCHN with a diploma and at least 7 years progressive work experience in maternal and child health clinics
  • Minimum three (3) years post-training relevant mix of professional work experience in community health and maternal and child health programmes for BScN holders.
  • Experience in working with communities in Northern Kenya an added advantage.
  • Understanding of the Kenya Community Health Strategy an added advantage
  • Demonstrable ability in carrying out on-job training and capacity building support to facility midwives


Must be willing to abide fully by Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policy.
Applications should be sent to before 24th March 2017  at 4pm.Applicants are advised to clearly state the tittle of the position they are applying for in the subject line of their email.

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Updated: March 16, 2017 — 6:20 pm