The estimated 214,392,163 people in Nigeria have made it the most populous black nation in the world. As a third world country, the burden of maternal, neonatal and child diseases appears to be concentrated in the country with a maternal mortality rate of 512/100,000 live births, neonatal mortality of 39/1000 live births and under- five mortalities of 132/1000 live births in 2018. Interventions that can directly reduce these appalling numbers are well known and are already happening, but at such a small scale that their impact on global RMNCAEH+N indices appears consistently small. There are many good interests with many actors both in government and partners working tirelessly to bend these mortality curves in a favorable direction, but these efforts have not yielded commensurate results.
Two recurring problems as bottlenecks against the “drive” for change are poor integration and poor coordination. These have resulted in duplication of effort, disruption of services, distraction at points of programming and service delivery, depletion of resources and dispersal of effort. The implication is that there are glaring wastes and inefficiencies in the system in the face of scarce and dwindling resources
One of the previous efforts to improve integration and coordination is the development of the IMNCH strategy in 2007 which was initiated by the then First Lady. This gave rise to a series of processes leading to the establishment of strong partnerships for maternal and child health. In 2017, the strategy was amended based on evolving issues, with efforts to update the strategy although it was not published. Recently, there has been an expansion of the program elements to incorporate all aspects of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Aging Health Plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N). In addition, the coordination approach has been significantly modified to become a multi-stakeholder partnership coordination platform (MSPCP). Now that the 2017 strategy has run its course, the time has now come to thoroughly review the strategy document to properly articulate the strategic vision of the RMNCAEH+N MSPCP and document how this coordination approach will lead to the updating of the shared vision. .
- The Federal Ministry of Health and its partners need the services of a consultant to lead the process of revising the national strategy RMNCAEH+N
- Review the current strategy with the aim of identifying and detailing gaps in the section relevant to their thematic areas
- Facilitate assessment of coordination mechanisms in States using an agreed tool
- Propose new redactions/modifications that will fill the gaps identified in point 1 above as they affect their thematic areas
- Thematic consultants to liaise effectively with the respective thematic program focal points within the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure timeliness of proposed interventions
- Maintain an organized list of resource documents and references consulted for bibliography
- Support and facilitate technical review meetings for stakeholders to build consensus on proposed changes
- Associate and collaborate with the coordinating consultant(s) and consultants working on the other thematic areas to ensure smooth alignment and finalization
- Provide updates and connect directly with the RMNCAEH+N Coordinating Office in the Family Health Department Coordinating Unit, FMoH
- A senior obstetrician and gynecologist (>10 years after qualification) who has had extensive experience in continuing education programs on life skills (LSS, mLSS, ELSS) and family planning (FP technologies, FP logistics management, etc. ). Must have related experience in developing national SRH policies. Must be an active member of reproductive health technical working groups at national or subnational levels
- Master, PhD is an added advantage. Medical degree (MBBS, Nursing/Midwifery, Pharmacy, etc.) with Masters in Public Health (required for medical consultations)
- Professional certification in related field is an added advantage
- Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology
- At least 12 years of professional experience in a related field
- Extensive consulting experience with local and international organizations of at least 7 years
- Previous experience working with Federal and State Department of Health stakeholders
- Good knowledge of MS Office packages etc.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure and collaboratively within a team
- Advanced level of spoken and written English
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Closing of business Thursday, August 4, 2022
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- There will be travel requirements and opportunities both in Nigeria.
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