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Technical Co-ordinator

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from Welbodi Partnership
Closing date: 28 Feb 2019

BACKGROUND

Welbodi Partnership is a UK-registered charity working to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity in Sierra Leone. Since 2008, Welbodi Partnership has worked in partnership with hospital management, health facility staff, and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the Western Area of Sierra Leone. We do this through a range of health system strengthening activities, staff training, hospital improvement projects, and community engagement.

Our vision is that all women and children in Sierra Leone will have access to effective essential healthcare services characterised by respect and dignity for all, including patients, communities and staff. Our mission is to build the capacity of the health system in Sierra Leone to reduce the number of women and children who are sick, suffer, or die unnecessarily.

Ola During Children’s Hospital serves a crowded and deprived local population, is in easy reach of around 1 million people (1/7 of the population), and is the only national referral centre for paediatrics. Similarly, Princess Christian Maternity Hospital is the only tertiary referral maternity facility in Sierra Leone and only healthcare facility providing Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal services (C-EmONC) across the Western Area District. Based here, we implement capacity building activities to catalyse improvements in maternal and child care delivery.

For further information, please see: www.welbodipartnership.org

CONTEXT

The maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Sierra Leone is the highest in the world, estimated at 1,165 deaths per 100,000 live births, six times the global average. Maternal deaths account for 36% of all deaths in women aged between 15-49 years. Although not all deaths in the community may be accounted for due to low levels of reporting, maternal death review and surveillance reports indicate that the majority of these women will die in a health facility (81.8%). Further, it is estimated that teenage mothers are 40-60% more likely to die in childbirth. In a country with one of the highest teenage pregnancy prevalence rates globally (68%), there is a critical need to ensure that teenage mothers receive improved maternal care and support.

Whilst three-quarters of women attend the recommended four or more antenatal visits, a lack of skilled health professionals and limited availability of blood pressure devices, which are often old, malfunctioning, and poorly calibrated, mean that even women who do attend antenatal visits are not guaranteed to receive effective surveillance. The leading causes of maternal mortality include eclampsia, obstructed labour, obstetric haemorrhage and sepsis: these account for 50% of maternal deaths, 99% of which are in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), and are all preventable if identified early and managed effectively.

CRADLE VSA NATIONAL ROLLOUT

Welbodi Partnership, in collaboration with King’s College London, is leading a national rollout of the CRADLE Vital Signs Alert device, a novel blood pressure and vital signs monitoring device. The device and accompanying training package will be distributed across health facilities across Sierra Leone’s 16 Districts, for use by all health workers and to facilitate the provision of a basic standard of care for all women in Sierra Leone.

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

This exciting position would suit an experienced midwife, with extensive knowledge of, and experience working in, rural and urban communities and health facilities in Sierra Leone. The primary focus of the Technical Co-ordinator is to support the project delivery of Welbodi Partnership’s national rollout of the CRADLE VSA.

The Technical Co-ordinator will support the Programmes Manager in the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the project. This will involve meeting regularly with funding and implementing partners, maintaining regular communication with partners and health facility staff across Sierra Leone’s 16 Districts, leading the CRADLE VSA rollout team in the delivery of the project, and overseeing the accurate and timely collection and monitoring of project data.

The Technical Co-ordinator will lead the delivery of training for health care staff on the use of the CRADLE VSA device and associated maternal health care aspects such as blood pressure measurement and shock. This will include training community and facility health care professionals (appropriate materials and training provided).

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILTIES

The Technical Co-ordinator will be based in Freetown, with up-country travel required for the successful preparation and delivery of the project. The post-holder will work alongside the Welbodi Partnership project team, funding and implementing partners, and health facility staff to ensure the effective distribution of the CRADLE VSA device and accompanying training package with the aim of supporting all women in Sierra Leone having access to basic health care services. Whilst specific responsibilities will be agreed in collaboration with the Programmes Manager and reviewed throughout the programme, primary areas of focus will include:

Overview

  • Support the Programmes Manager in the preparation of Welbodi Partnership’s national rollout of the CRADLE VSA device.
  • Support the Programmes Manager in the implementation of Welbodi Partnership’s national rollout of the CRADLE VSA, supporting delivery and training to rural and urban facilities countrywide.
  • Work alongside, provide support to, and maintain regular communication with, implementing partners.
  • Lead in the delivery of training for health facility staff in rural and urban facilities in the use of the CRADLE VSA device.
  • Lead and support the CRADLE VSA rollout project team, ensuring effective project implementation, data collection, and reporting.
  • Lead and support data collection, ensuring data is recorded accurately and in a timely fashion, and appropriately monitored.
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to relevant project partners and participants when required.
  • Provide line management to the CRADLE VSA rollout project team.
  • Accountable lead for narrative reporting.
  • Contribute to Business Development through technical contributions to the bid-writing process.
  • Support the Programmes Manager, responding to emerging needs where possible.
  • Perform any other duties deemed necessary to meet the needs of the CRADLE VSA rollout project. Person Specification

Essential

  • A recognised professional degree in midwifery and current professional registration in home country.
  • A minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience within a hospital setting and minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a health setting in Sierra Leone.
  • Experience leading project delivery in Sierra Leone, specifically in the health sector.
  • Experience working with health sector stakeholders in Sierra Leone, including MoHS, maternal healthcare professionals, health facility staff, and relevant NGOs.
  • Experience of data collection and monitoring for large-scale projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess needs, design and implement programmes and evaluate results.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work autonomously within the scope of the role with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively cross-culturally.
  • Excellent computer skills in Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and deliver to deadlines whilst maintaining an excellent level of written work.
  • Passionate about improving maternal healthcare in Sierra Leone and a keen interest in Health System Strengthening.
  • Absolute commitment to teaching and learning and skills improvement of others.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Fluency in Krio and/or other local languages desirable.
  • Commitment to the goals and principles of Welbodi Partnership.

Desired

  • Certificate Ed, PGCE, MSc or other qualification in education, research, or maternal health.
  • Experience of writing donor reports.
  • Demonstrated project management skills – leadership, communication, planning, time management, budget and risk management, negotiation skills and technical expertise.
  • Experience of working strategically with hospital management, and regulating bodies and departments.
  • Demonstrated financial skills: budget monitoring and financial reporting.
    For more information, see www.welbodipartnership.org/jobs.
How to apply:

To apply for this position, please send your Cover Letter, CV and contact details of 3 referees in one email to jobs@welbodipartnership.org by Thursday 28 February using the following subject title: Application – Technical Co-ordinator

Please include the following in your cover letter (2 pages maximum):

  1. Reasons for applying to this position
  2. Overview of key experience related to this post
  3. Your country of residence and nationality
  4. Date you are able to commence and duration of availability

Please note: CVs should be no more than 4 pages long. Please do not send any additional documentation at this stage.

For any queries relating to the position, please email jobs@welbodipartnership.org.