Corus International is the parent of a family of world-class organizations and a global leader in international development, with 150 years of combined experience across our companies. We are an inclusive organization who believes diversity and differences only make us stronger. We are disruptive because by challenging convention, we innovate and maximize the good we can do in the world. We promote interconnectedness because complex problems require comprehensive, integrated solutions.
Corus International is seeking a Technical Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health to join its International Programs and Operations Department. This position will be based in Washington, DC. This will be a hybrid remote work arrangement with a minimum of two days working in the office each week. Consideration may be given to candidates based in the United States but work outside the Washington, DC area.
The Technical Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) supports the USAID-funded MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience (MIHR) project. MIHR works to improve access to and availability of high-quality, respectful, and person-centered maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and reproductive health (MNCH/FP/RH) services in fragile and conflict-affected settings. This project enhances the coordination between development and humanitarian organizations and strengthens the resilience of individuals, families, and communities.
The Technical Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) reports to the Deputy Technical Director, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, Immunization and Nutrition Health and works with the technical team to provide technical and advisory support to core program activities and represents MIHR technically and organizationally at the global level.
The Technical Advisor will focus on MNH, quality improvement (QI) and individual (clinical and non-clinical) capacity strengthening and will help country teams build service delivery and health provider capacity in fragile settings between humanitarian and development assistance.
In addition, s/he will guide the capacity building of government and private sector health providers, support the introduction of quality standards and QI mechanisms, help countries translate emerging global evidence to national policies and strategies, increase preparedness for acute shocks and stresses, and support other actions to increase health system resilience.
Key Result Areas: KRAs indicate the core responsibilities, deliverables, and quality standards required for the individual to be successful in his or her role. The success of this role is measured by the following KRAs:
- Ensure timely implementation of planned MNH and QoC/QI related core-funded activities.
- Contribute to technical excellence of MIHR’s MNH, QoC/QI and individual capacity. strengthening programing.
- Contribute to measurable improvements in the use and the quality of MNH services in MIHR supported countries.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Contribute to and support the implementation of focused strategies and activities by providing technical inputs to project workplans, budgets, guidelines, training curricula, implementation tools, and reporting and M&E in compliance with the requirements and regulations of the award.
- Lead the adaptation and/or development of tools and resources, and support country teams in the implementation of activities that respond to shocks and stresses (such as COVID-19) to maintain continuity and quality of services in supported countries.
- Work collaboratively with country program teams to provide technical assistance and clinical and non-clinical capacity strengthening to country-level advisors, national and sub-national level health officers, care providers and/or other target beneficiaries in MIHR-supported geographies.
- Translate and/or adapt global learning and emerging evidence into local and context-specific solutions to sustainably improve services including antenatal care, intrapartum care, postnatal care, psychosocial support, respectful maternal and newborn care, maternal perinatal death surveillance and response, and as others as needed.
- Provide technical assistance to assisted countries for a range of activities including initial scoping and rapid assessments, program design and work planning, implementation, and monitoring and developing appropriate strategies to respond to health service delivery and human resources challenges in fragile settings, including Francophone Africa.
- Contribute to the development and adaptation of capacity strengthening strategies, curricula and tools for human resources development related to MNH.
- Work with respective cross-cutting technical teams to contribute to the design and implementation of cross-cutting (resilience, social and behavior change, gender and youth, community health) activities at individual, household, community, system, and global levels.
- Work closely with monitoring, evaluation, research and learning teams at Headquarters and in countries to develop protocols for formative research, test indicators and tools for monitoring, analyzing and visualizing performance, and monitoring and evaluating performance and results.
- Contribute to the documentation of program implementation and learnings and disseminate these widely in various national and global forums.
- Prepare regular and ad hoc technical reports, program briefs and publications.
- Support preparation, organization, presentation, and documentation of meetings with USAID and other stakeholders (including technical working groups and coordination meetings) and the tracking and implementation of activities following these meetings.
- Represent MIHR in select Global MNH technical working groups and share learnings and experience from country programs.
Required Education & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international health programming with a significant focus on Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH).
- Experience supporting the design and implementation of MNH, programs at facility, community, subnational, national and/or global levels.
- Experience in M&E with a focus on MNH data collection, analysis and report writing.
- Experience in organizing internationally endorsed clinical training programs such as Helping Mothers and Babies Survive and Quality Improvement Trainings.
- Experience working with professional and support staff in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment.
- Demonstrated experience in research and issue analysis.
- Strong working knowledge of USG and other international donor funding mechanisms (including grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements).
- Advanced knowledge of international maternal and neonatal health best practices.
- Ability to communicate (speaking and writing) in English and French.
- Excellent organizational, analytical, oral, and written communications skills.
- Cross-cultural sensitivity required; experience living and/or working in developing countries.
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be both a team leader and a team player.
- Proven track record of developing and maintaining productive working relationships with host country counterparts and NGO/FBO/CBO actors.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Ability to work well in a team and fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines.
- Willingness to travel up to 25-30%, including travelling to unstable and non-permissive environments.
- Willingness to support Corus’s mission.
- Must have U.S. based work authorization.
- Clinical degree (Medical Doctor, Nursing, or Midwifery Degree).
- Master of Public Health.
- Experience working in fragile settings.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities for the position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. All positions are required to perform any additional tasks assigned by the supervisor.
Working Conditions, Travel and Environment
- Corus has a hybrid work policy, allowing work to be done remotely; 2-3 days/week minimum in the office is required.
- This position must be able to travel as required.
Corus International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital status, protected veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.