The U. S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) and Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) issued Round-5 under the Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health (MNCH/FP/RH) Services1 to Scale (MOMENTUM) Annual Program Statement. Round-5 is focused on increasing the quality of health services to improve outcomes in maternal and child health, family planning, nutrition, WASH, and malaria prevention and treatment in Malawi. The purpose of the USAID/Malawi MOMENTUM Activity is to support the Government of Malawi’s (GOM’s) efforts to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality through improved access and quality of health service delivery with particular focus on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH); family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH); nutrition; water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and malaria prevention and treatment.
The purpose of the USAID/Malawi MOMENTUM Activity is to support the Government of Malawi’s (GOM’s) efforts to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality through improved access and quality of health service delivery with particular focus on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH); family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH); nutrition; water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and malaria prevention and treatment.
The WASH Technical Advisor will be responsible for ensuring that WASH activities under the MOMENTUM project are supported with quality technical inputs, drive the maternal and child survival breakthrough, and draw upon WASH strategic priorities for the government of Malawi and USAID. The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high-quality programmes that deliver change for children in development programming. The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for sustained scale up coordinated implementation of WASH interventions at all levels. It supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners.
The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with partners in the MOMENTUM consortium, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations. This position will be expected to engage with the country health sector, and coordination mechanisms, as well as represent the organisation with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, UN agencies, and key INGO / CSO.
We are seeking an experienced individual who has excellent organizational and technical skills, a team player, dedicated, hardworking, innovative, highly motivated and able to work in a high-pressure environment requiring multi-tasking abilities.
In order to be successful you will bring/have:
Masters degree in Environmental Public Health, Engineering, Clinical Medicine (nurse, midwife, physician), Community Health Development or related field or equivalent experience
Experience and Skills
- At least 7 – 10 years’ experience of working in Malawi in WASH or or infection prevention programs
- Understanding of national (Malawi) and global WASH and infection prevention sector standards, guidelines and evidence-based strategies for WASH programming in health care facilities and community settings
- Familiar with health systems, and health service provision including community health and the engagement of civil society organisations.
- Experience integrating WASH activities into MNCH quality of care and nutrition programs
- Demonstrated experience in training, and capacity strengthening of WASH and/or health cadres
- Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
- Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children
- Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
- Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale
We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The role is open to Malawian nationals only.
This position is contingent upon award from USAID .
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.