Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Project Manager - Newborn Sepsis - Save the Children - Patna, Bihar

Position: Project Manager - Newborn Sepsis (Job  Code : PM-NBS)
Location: Patna, Bihar
E-mail Id to send the applications : (please mention job code in the subject line)
Last date to send the application : 12th December 2013
Type of employment : Consultancy one year (extendable based on project requirement)      
Job Summary:
The Integrated Family Health Initiative (IFHI) program is a five-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that aims to increase use and coverage of maternal, newborn, child, and women’s health and nutrition interventions within the state of Bihar. The program aims to assist the state substantially reduce maternal, neonatal, and child mortality contributing to an accelerated progress towards achieving MDG 4 and 5 targets, working in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, and communities at large. A consortium of organizations, led by CARE, India supports the implementation of this program, with the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program of Save the Children (SC) India serving as the technical partner agency for the Newborn Care component.  The Project Manager – Newborn Sepsis, a SC staff based in Patna, Bihar, works with and reports to the Technical Director – IFHI, with daily coordination with the Manager – Newborn Health, and frequent collaboration with the SNL India and Washington, DC teams.
The Project Manager - Newborn Sepsis will play a critical role in implementing technical interventions in the management of newborn sepsis. Based in Patna, the position will be responsible for overall leadership of the neonatal sepsis management project. S/he will be working closely with the Quality Improvement team and the M&E team to analyze and understanding data obtained from the field and ensure use of data for improving the quality of implementation of the newborn health services. S/he will also oversee training and implementation activities to ensure the intervention is carried out as designed. Thus, in close collaboration with the Manager – Newborn Health, ensuring learning from the field is incorporated and developed into technically sound and responsive interventions.
S/he will be required to visit the implementation district routinely. This position will report to the Technical Director – IFHI, and will communicate with the Manager - Newborn Health on a regular basis and with SC-India and SNL teams biweekly. 
Key Responsibilities:
Key responsibilities will include:
• Strategic planning;
• Detailed implementation and management planning;
• Establishing solid working relationships with the government, IFHI, and other partners Working in the district as well as with the state level GOB and IFHI authorities;
• Obtain approval on the standards/protocols, operational guidelines, and training and BCC packages;
• Workplan development and implementation;
• Personnel and financial management;
• Program monitoring and evaluation, documentation, and dissemination;
• Developing a sustainable exit strategy. 
S/he will ensure the effective use of resources in compliance with IFHI regulations and policies. This position will be required to communicate regularly with the IFHI Technical Team and SNL HO and India staff.

Qualification & Experience:
Required:• Master’s in Public Health or similar medical degree
• Extensive technical experience in designing and implementing newborn health interventions in Bihar or in similar settings
• Experience in program planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis
• Understanding of health systems and working in partnerships
• Extensive knowledge of newborn health as well as the global thinking on evidence based interventions
• Ability to manage complex health programs

Preferred:• Research experience in MNCH
• Medical or nursing training

Skills & Competencies:
• Proven ability to conceptualize, analyze, innovate, plan, write and execute ideas, as well as impart knowledge and skills
• Eye for detail, ability to multi-task and problem solve
• Demonstrates efficient decision making and problem solving skills
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
• Ability to function effectively as a team member
• Fluency in English and proficiency in Hindi essential
Full time, housed in CARE/IFHI office in Patna with up to 60% time spent in the implementation district.
Interested candidates should mention the job code in the subject line and send their CV as an attachment at
Save the Children aims to be an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. Recruitment and selection procedures & checks reflect our commitment to protect children from abuse.

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