Field Coordinator, Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health

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    Clinton Health Access Initiative
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    negotiable / month
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    2 hours ago
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The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:

Despite recent advances, Zambia continues to experience high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. As of 2014, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) was estimated to be 398 per 100,000 live births, and the neonatal mortality rate (NMR) was 24 deaths per 1,000 live births. Zambia has one of the highest total fertility rates (6.2 children per woman) in the world. While nearly half of married women use a modern contraceptive, 21% have an unmet need for Family Planning (FP). Adolescent girls are particularly at risk due to societal factors. 32% of adolescents aged 15-17 and 60% of those aged 18-19 are sexually active in Zambia. Almost one in five adolescent girls aged 15-19 are already married (compared to only one in 100 adolescent boys); and 25% of girls aged 17 and 60% of girls aged 19 have already started child bearing.

Recognizing the need for an innovative and high impact response to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rates by 40% over 4 years, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) plans to roll out a comprehensive Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and New-born Health (SRMNH) program, which uses an integrated approach to to ensure that women and babies have access to high quality delivery, postpartum and postnatal services, no matter where a delivery occurs, create linkages through the entire system from communities up to tertiary care, and leaves a sustainable system for on-going impact.

CHAI is seeking a Field Coordinator to be based in one of the districts in Northern Province to support districts to effectively plan, execute, and evaluate a large-scale maternal and new-born health scale-up program. The Field Coordinator will support the Senior Program Officers in the day-to-day implementation of scale-up interventions and will be expected to work closely with key partners at local level in order to monitor program implementation and provide recommendations on program design for maximal impact.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills. The candidate must have a thorough understanding of the state-specific landscape and health system structure in the state. They must be able to independently drive the implementation of this program at state level and to build strong relationships with government officials, private and public partners. Additionally, the successful candidates will adhere to the CHAI values of: resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic.

The Field Coordinator will report directly to the Training and Mentorship Program Manager and will be based at the district level in one of the districts in Northern Province. The candidate should have the ability to travel extensively within and across districts.

+ Under the supervision of the Program Managers, support and monitor the implementation of the training and mentoring programs for health providers, providing regular quality and progress reports and logistical support as needed

+ Support and monitor the implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities designed to assess program impact, providing regular quality and progress reports and logistical support

+ Support and monitor the implementation of community-based programs targeting community resource persons, providing regular quality and progress reports and logistical support

+ Support and monitor the implementation of emergency transport and referral systems at the community level

+ Coordinate regular follow-up activities with providers, SMAG networks, and relevant regulatory officials at the district level to identify gaps in availability of healthcare services and recommend specific actions to overcome identified challenges

+ Provide targeted support to district health authorities designed to improve availability and use of essential life-saving commodities for SRMNH

+ Perform any other responsibilities as needed

+ Bachelor’s degree in health sciences or community health or public health and a minimum of five years’ experience in public or private sector;

+ Strong background in MNH clinical practice or strong background working with rural communities;

+ Ability to organize and coordinate meetings and workshops, meet deadlines, generate data-driven reports and work in a fast-paced environment with maximum efficiency and impact;

+ Proven track record of effective project management and ability to generate results;

+ Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal capabilities;

+ Strong analytical skills and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;

+ Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and an ability to communicate effectively and build durable relationships with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds;

+ Ability to navigate complex government processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner.


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