Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Born Specialist - CARE India (Apply by: 30th Nov'14)

Reports to: Director – SRU 
Unit State RMNCH+A Unit (SRU), Bihar TSU 
Location: Patna, Bihar


The confluence of key factors creates a pivotal opportunity to accelerate progress toward achieving the government of Bihar’s (GoB) 2017 targets for reductions in rates of mortality, fertility and malnutrition, and increases in immunization coverage. 
These factors include:
a) Consistent political support from GoB to improve the health of women and children, exemplified most recently by the launch of the Human Development Mission (Manav Vikas Mission) under the chairmanship of Chief Minister in the state; 
b) Recent launch of the government of India’s (GoI) RMNCH+A strategy; 
c) Agreement with GoB on a Common Minimum Package(CMP) formulated by all development partners to support these goals

To capitalize on this opportunity, CARE will lead the establishment of a Technical Support Unit (TSU) constituted with major development partners[1] (DFID/BTAST, UNICEF, UNFPA, NIPI and WHO/NPSP), that will closely work with and support the Health and Social Welfare (ICDS) Departments of the GoB in their endeavour to achieve rapid and sustainable change in health and nutrition. The proposed TSU will provide catalytic support to the two departments to refine policies, systems and processes, transform capabilities and behaviours, and build ownership to unlock the potential of both public and private sector providers to effectively implement solutions. The work of the TSU will focus on effective technical interventions in maternal and child health, family planning, immunization and nutrition. Key drivers of change will include the transfer of skills and building ownership of approaches and solutions by Health and Social Welfare (ICDS) Departments. 

The State RMNCH+A Unit (SRU) of the TSU will consist mainly of technical experts from CARE and other development partners who will work closely with GoB to develop effective strategies to achieve GoB’s 2017 targets for reductions in rates of mortality, fertility and increases in immunization coverage.

Job Summary

The NB Specialist, under the supervision of the Director SRU and in close collaboration with SHS and the other team members in SRU will play a critical role in ensuring that the newborn health area receives sufficient technical support to achieve high rates of coverage and the program is continuously supported with state of the art knowledge, best practices and new and adapted tools & technologies. S/he will co-ordinate integration of newborn health with other technical areas such as maternal health, nutrition etc.

Key Responsibilities 

i. Work closely with the State Programme Officer, Maternal and Child Health to do a gap analysis in new born corner in all functional delivery points in all 38 districts and developing and action plan with specific timelines for the same.
ii. Under the supervision of Director SRU and in collaboration with the State Programme Officer, Maternal and Child Health, refine and strengthen the strategy for new born care at facility and at home to reduce neonatal mortality.
iii. Design the strategy to increase the rate of early initiation of breastfeeding
iv. Provide technical support to SHS for planning and implementation of Home based newborn care
v. Provide technical support to government of Bihar for establishing Special Newborn Care Units with highly trained human resource and appropriate infra-structure
vi. Design and Develop capacity building interventions for the FLWs and other human resources through training and mentorship, in collaboration with other technical experts from SRU Team.
vii. Support any specific techno-managerial efforts of the SRU that come up from time to time.
viii. Candidate should be willing to travel in state of Bihar for approximately about 30 % of time

Qualification & Experience


i. MBBS with over 10 years of Public Health experience in the area of newborn, including at least 5 years clinical training experience. 
ii. Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management of newborn programs at the state and national level (in a developing countries), especially in supporting large public health programs
iii. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of newborn programs and policies in India 
iv. Demonstrated expertise in strategic program planning, implementation and Technical Assistance provision


i. Specialization in Pediatrics/neonatology
ii. Demonstrated expertise in undertaking research studies

Skills & Competencies 

i. Proven ability to conceptualize, analyze, innovate, plan, write and execute ideas, as well as impart knowledge and skills
ii. Demonstrated ability to objectively analyze data and has an eye for detail
iii. Demonstrated ability to present complex data into simple understandable information for diverse audience
iv. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills 
v. Ability to function effectively as a team member
vi. Exhibits humility while holding position of authority 
vii. Demonstrated learning agility, pro-activeness and openness to embrace new technologies at work
viii. Fluency in Hindi and English is essential. 

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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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