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Specialist- Training & Facility Strengthening (Family Planning)

India Health Action Trust (IHAT)

Lucknow

1. POSITION VACANT:  Specialist- Training & Facility Strengthening (Family Planning), India Health Action Trust (IHAT), Lucknow

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

Established in 2003 by University of Manitoba (UM), as part of a five-year (2001 to 2006) bilateral development project between Canada and India and registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976 in 2009, aims at improving public health initiatives by supporting programs nationally and globally through providing comprehensive technical assistance in program planning, management and monitoring.  

India Health Action Trust (IHAT) has been providing comprehensive technical assistance and training in programme planning and management to the State AIDS Control Societies of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Goa.

IHAT has set up a Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 2013, to provide integrated and embedded techno-managerial support to strengthen existing health system for achieving sustained health outcomes at scale. IHAT focuses on improving the coverage of key RMNCHA+, Nutrition, Family Planning, Pneumonia and Diarrhea interventions and services in the state from the funding support of Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation (BMGF), Central and State government.

For more information about the organization, please visit http://ihat.in/  

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to the Senior Specialist Quality (SSQ-FP), IHAT, the Specialist- Training & Facility Strengthening (Family Planning) shall support the training and facility strengthening activities undertaken by the project team ensuring quality improvement of the health facilities across 75 districts. S/he shall regularly visit facilities and assess the facility for readiness to provide quality Family Planning (FP) services, facilitate self-assessment exercises, develop action plans, support its implementation and provide mentoring as needed.

Please Note: The position requires extensive travels to the facilities at the district level (up to 70%)

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

A. Mentoring, Training & Support:
1) Support the GoUP by training the team in strengthening of the key areas of FP service provision- counselling corner, IUCD kiosks, labour room and OT in the selected facilities;
2) Support the government in developing training modules for frontline workers, counsellors and facility staff on technical aspects of quality including counselling;
3) Mentor and support the quality associates in mentoring facility staff on infection prevention and the counsellors on improving the counselling services quality in the selected facilities;
4) Work closely with the quality assurance cells in the districts to ensure quality of care.

B. Planning & Team Management:
1) Work with government and be responsible for training management, develop work plans, track tasks, identify and address gaps, review operations and for other needed activities to meet quality objectives and deliver results;
2) Develop, review and disseminate guidelines, standards of practice, protocols and other tools to improve quality in clinical and non-clinical settings;
3) Coach, mentor and provide feedback to team for capacity building and performance management of all direct reports;
4) Provide any support required to troubleshoot issues at district level.

C. Monitoring & Evaluation:
1) Support the development of results framework and key performance indicators and monitor performance;
2) Ensure timely submission of monthly reports and timely update for the designated cluster of districts;
3) Work closely with the state program monitoring team to analyse data and take steps to ensure if any gaps in strengthening are plugged.

D. Others:
1) Support in documenting best practices and develop plans to incorporate the learnings across districts;
2) Perform other duties identified from time to time by Line Manager.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:        

Qualification:
Applicants must have Masters in Nursing/ Social Science/ Public Health or equivalent qualification from a recognized institute/ university.

Experience:
1) Minimum five years of clinical experience post training in the area of RMNCH+A Interventions. Experience in Family Planning service delivery shall be preferred.
2) At least three years of experience in implementing training and quality improvement initiatives at state level in a technical capacity shall be an added advantage.
3) At least three years of experience in implementing FP initiatives in a technical capacity shall be preferred.

Skills and Competencies:
1) Proactive; Ability to roll out quality improvement at community and system level;
2) Good at prioritizing tasks & deliverables;
3) Excellent time management and organizational skills;
4) Excellent written, analytical and interpersonal communication skills;
5) Proficiency of MS Office (Excel, Power Point, etc.)

5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

Gross annual remuneration budgeted for the position is attractive. The offer made to the selected candidate shall be commensurate with qualifications, experience and salary history.

6. LOCATION: Lucknow

7. REFERENCE: STFSFP-IHAT

8. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 
Email: stfsfp-ihat@sams.co.in   

9. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply at stfsfp-ihat@sams.co.in with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organization and expected compensation, by or before August 27, 2017.

IHAT provides safe working environment to employees. IHAT is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women candidates to apply. Physically challenged candidates with required skills, knowledge and willingness to travel are also encouraged to apply.