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Senior Advisor, Community-Based Service Delivery and Engagement

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Lusaka, ZambiaLusakaZambia

The Senior Advisor, Community-Based Service Delivery and Engagement provides technical leadership to the RMNCAH&N project and at the national level to ensure increased use of high-quality community-based service delivery, supported by strengthened demand and community engagement. The Senior Advisor, in close collaboration with government partners and community structures, leads the provision of technical assistance (TA) to (1) provincial and district health management teams (DHMTs), (2) community-based providers and volunteers, and (3) community-based organizations, structures and networks. The provision of TA aims to increase use of key high-impact services and practices, strengthen mutual accountability between communities and service providers, build governance capacity of community structures and networks, and reinforce linkages among DHMTs, facilities and community structures and networks to achieve better health outcomes. The Senior Advisor is based in Lusaka, with travel to the four project provinces (Eastern, Luapula, Muchinga, Southern) and target districts as needed. The Senior Advisor, Community-Based Services and Engagement, works under the supervision and direction of the RMNCAH&N Technical Director with an indirect reporting line to SC Director of Operations.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Technical Leadership

  • Provides technical leadership to MOH and other collaborating partners  in the overall design and implementation of the community engagement strategy
  • Provides technical leadership to MOH, and works in collaboration with international and national partners to review community -based service delivery and engagement strategies and design and test new approaches.
  • Represents the RMNCAH&N project in the MOH Community and Health Promotion Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings and other TWGs and fora concerned with community-based service delivery, CHWs, volunteers, and community structures.
  • Collaborates closely with team leaders, STTA partners, technical staff and government partners to ensure delivery of a quality community-based RMNCAH&N service package, linked to and integrated with facility-based services, and reinforced by strong community governance.
  • Supervises team members who provide TA and support district and provincial Continuum of Care (CoC), SBC, and community mobilization and engagement efforts to increase use of high-impact RMNCAH&N services. (TBD)
  • Forges strong partnerships with local CBOs that foster improved practice of positive behaviour among individuals and communities by improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and changing norms.
  • Builds capacity of national, provincial and district MOH personnel, using proven approaches, to improve community relationships and dialogue through use of Partnership-Defined Quality (PDQ), score cards, and/or other tools and approaches to increase mutual accountability, demand, and service utilization.
  • Aligns with MOH and partners to ensure incorporation of resources for high-impact SBC messages and community engagement activities into annual budgets and work plans.
  • In collaboration with the project's M&E team, ensures that the project maximizes and reports outcomes for the community-based service delivery and community engagement components.
  • Provide leadership to development of project annual work plans and budgets, training plans, quarterly reports and other documentation of best practices and lessons learnt as required.
  • Ensures the timely and quality completion of program technical deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Maintains regular communication with the interagency RMNCAH&N CoC teams at national and provincial levels.
  • Coordinates with other USAID and donor projects (CHAI, SIDA, RMNCAH&N CoC Steering Committee/Interagency) to ensure coordination of materials and tools to streamline efforts, and avoid gaps and overlap. Ensures materials are tested, proved effective and used efficiently and by the appropriate target group.
Educational Background: 
Master’s degree in Public Health, Development, Social Sciences, Communication, or other relevant field 
  • 7+ years of professional experience working with communities and district/provincial health management teams to improve community engagement, SBC, and/or community-based health service delivery;
  • Experience supporting and building capacity of community-based providers, volunteers, and community structures and networks is advantageous;
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-faceted health development program in collaboration with diverse partners and provincial and district MOH staff;
  • Familiarity with the TA approach;
  • Familiarity and relevant work experience with evidence-based RMNCAH&N interventions, SBC, community engagement and best practices, specifically at the community level;
  • Familiarity working with USAID programs and with multilateral agencies, academic institutions, and Zambian health CSOs;
  • Strong knowledge of community-level prevention and control approaches and significant experience in design and implementation of activities promoting citizen engagement and health service demand;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a large team-oriented setting;
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office applications;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required;
  • Highly organized and able to work successfully in a team that is geographically dispersed;
  • Ability to travel as needed for meetings and project activities.
  • Proven track record managing small project teams, working as a team player, and fostering team work. 

Organization Info

Save the Children US

Fairfield, CT, United States
Annual Budget : 
More than $500M
About Us

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in nearly 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to create immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. in times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Save the Children is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 30 independent Save the Children organizations working to ensure the well-being and protection of children in more than 120 countries.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Feb 8 2019
Active Until: 
Mar 8 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Save the Children US