Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent (MNCAH) Health Advisor

  • 22 Mar 2018
  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Full-time
  • Health
  • sav-50134


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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


The Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Advisor will provide technical leadership and advice to other programme staff on the Breakthrough-Action (B-A) project, staff in the programme states and Ministry of Health officials at state and LGA level in the area of MNCAH. S/he is responsible for strategic planning, coordination and monitoring & evaluation of programme activities in relation to social and behaviour change for MNCAH and for supporting the state programme teams in strategic and operational planning and programme implementation. S/he supervises and works closely with related sector specialists.


The MNCAH Advisor will:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance for the implementation of the MNCAH components of the B-A project, working closely with other program technical advisors.Take the lead in strategic planning, coordination and monitoring and evaluation of MNCAH programme activities related to social and behaviour change (SBC) under the program
  • Write quarterly progress reports about the MNCAH component of the programme.
  • Prepare and present PowerPoint presentations for review and planning meetings or any relevant programme dissemination events.
  • Ensure that internationally agreed best knowledge and practice is brought into the programme.
  • Provide mentoring and capacity-building for programme teams at state level and for implementing partners in relation to social and behaviour change for MNCAH.
  • Support staff to prepare, implement, follow up and monitor plans for all training and capacity building efforts and to organise programme activities.
  • Promote coordination among local stakeholders.
  • Ensure that project activities are in line with the local law and international standards, laws, and policies, in all activities
  • Ensure active collaboration, information sharing and joint meetings between the programme and local authorities and other stakeholders to identify and strengthen support for project activities and avoid duplication.
  • Coach and supervise state-level MNCAH staff/team
  • Develop and maintain understanding of major stakeholder agendas and represent the programme and it’s interests with key players in the health sector in Nigeria (government, implementing partners and research institutes) at Federal and State levels

Essential Skills Requirement

  • Master’s degree in public health, MNCAH, or a closely related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience implementing SBC, health promotion, MNCAH or similar public health programmes in Nigeria
  • In-depth knowledge of key MNCH interventions for the reduction of maternal, child and newborn mortality, including best practices in SBC, and how to operationalize these
  • In-depth knowledge of the state of the art of adolescent sexual and reproductive health programming, including best practices in SBC for adolescents and awareness of practices that are no longer considered “evidence-based”  
  • Familiarity with existing national policies, guidelines and programs in the context of MNCAH in Nigeria
  • Knowledge and experience in development and implementing MNCAH SBC strategies
  • Experience in providing technical support to partners, particularly government at senior levels.
  • Expertise in project leadership and management, including organizational development and staff management. 
  • Excellent reporting and analytical skills.                                                                        
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and advocacy skills.
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Experience in quality assurance of MNCH services and in conducting maternal and perinatal death reviews (Audit) and Criterion Based Audit will be of added value.
  • Willing and able to work in a challenging environment and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and to respond with flexibility and creativity.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of working in Northern Nigeria will be of added value.                        
  • Experience in working with NGOs, CSOs, FBOs will be of added value.

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.

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