Wednesday, November 19, 2014

District Program Officer (Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhea) - CARE India (Apply by: 30th Nov'14)

Position: District Program Officer - Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhea
Grade: G
Project/Unit Improved quality of community and low level facility management of childhood pneumonia and diarrhea in Bihar
Reports to: Program Manager
Location: Districts of Bihar
Duration 3 Years

Project Background
Post-neonatal under five mortality rate in Bihar is 38/1000 live births (AHS-2012) despite major decline over many decades. It is likely that a substantial proportion of this is attributable to pneumonia and diarrhea. Despite the wide availability and use of ORS and antibiotics, and moderately high levels of awareness of their use, as well as very high levels of care seeking for childhood illnesses, what appears to be lacking is consistent availability of high quality care in affordable medical facilities, and effective referral. A predominant but predominantly gray private health sector limits the possibilities of structured interventions within that sector. Malnutrition and marginalization are known contributors to mortality, and both are prominent in Bihar.

The proposed work under the grant seeks to learn through efforts at the scale of two district and evolve a comprehensive model for effectively addressing child mortality related to diarrhea and pneumonia, combining interventions engaging public facilities, outreach public programs, and the ubiquitous private providers.

The interventions will include the following:

A. Strengthening quality of in-patient care for severe pneumonia and diarrhea in block PHCs. 
B. Strengthening of community level diagnosis, management of referral. This will be 
C. Engaging private providers at the sub block and block level for a negotiated set of do’s and don’ts, including effective referral to identify block PHCs. 
D. Engaging the district hospital and district level private nursing homes run by qualified providers as essential back-up services. 
E. Establishing a referral network.

Job Summary

The District Program Officer under the supervision of the Program Manager will be the point person for Project PD Activities at the District level and support Program Manager to ensure quality delivery of Project interventions at the district. 

He/she will be responsible for providing operational assistance and technical support at district level to Department of Health (DoH).

Key Responsibilities 

• DPO will ensure organized collection, collation, analysis and use of data from frontline workers, from clinical records in public facilities, line listing of cases with selected private providers, and independent household and facility level assessments. 
• Strengthen quality of in-patient care for severe pneumonia and diarrhea in block PHCs.
• Engage with frontline workers and their immediate supervisors to Strengthen community level diagnosis, management of referral and establishment of necessary supply chains for key commodities such as ORS Zn and amoxicillin.
• Provide technical support to district and block level officials in Bottleneck analysis and to take corrective actions for strategic shifts 
• Using the available information/data, periodic support will be provided to DPMU/BPMU to carry out gap/bottleneck analysis at block and district level.
• Support block teams to develop strategies to overcome identified bottlenecks.
• Planning activity implementation aligned with district action plan.
• Monthly block report (using the GoI tool kit) on results of gaps/bottlenecks analysis and presented to block/district authorities.
• Enhance the use of data for program management by health functionaries at district and block level. 
• Provide technical support to prepare Supervisory plan for District/Block level and to ensure effective execution as well. 
• Carrying out joint supportive supervisions monitoring visits with District Officials at all levels specially the ones with poor health indicators (coverage and quality) on monthly/weekly basis as per requirement. 
• Provide support to district team in compilation, reporting and dissemination of the supportive supervision results at all levels and using these results in improving the planning and budgeting process.
• Work closely with staff of BTAST, UNICEF, NIPI and NPSP and other development agencies working in the areas of health & nutrition.

Qualification & Experience

• AYUSH/BDS/Paramedic and preferably Master’s degree or Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health/Health or Hospital Management/ Rural development.
• At least 2-3 years experience of working in public health programs. 
• Preference to be given to female candidates with specialty in liasioning, training/education and quality management of facilities

Skills & Competencies 

• Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities with attention to details
• Experience of supporting District and block level implementation and problem solving
• Experience of working with the national programs at district/Block level, especially RCH, NRHM and RMNCH+A.
• Able to travel extensively within District or outside district, if required. 

Candidates should visit to apply for the positions online.

The last date of receiving applications for all the above position will be 30 Nov 2014. Only short-listed candidates would be contacted. 

“CARE India is an equal opportunity and diversity promoting employer. Therefore Women, persons differently abled, SC/ST/ OBC candidates are especially encouraged to apply”

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