PATH is hiring a Nutrition Officer to implement and coordinate the activities to support the revitalization of BFHI in the country. During the 1990s and through 2005 and 2010, Malawi made excellent progress in expanding the BFHI. Master Trainers were trained who then trained hospital clinical staff to support breastfeeding. Many hospitals and at least one health center were certified as “baby friendly” which included implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. As part of the 10 Steps, facilities developed their own breastfeeding policies and oriented all staff to support breastfeeding. Since then, funding for BFHI decreased and BFHI efforts need to be revitalized. The Nutrition Officer will be based in Lilongwe and will sit at the MCSP/Jhpiego office, working on a day-to-day basis under the direction of the MCSP Nutrition Advisor.
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The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries, with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths (EPCMD) within a generation. MCSP engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society, faith-based organizations, and communities in adopting and accelerating proven approaches to address the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality and improve the quality of health services from household to hospital levels. MCSP is led by Jhpiego in partnership with PATH, Save the Children and John Snow International (JSI). MCSP is working in Malawi to improve immunization, family planning, and nutrition programs. In nutrition, MCSP will revitalize the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the country. Implementation of the nutrition component will be coordinated by the MCSP Nutrition Adviser and the Nutrition Officer, who are all PATH employees. This position is funded through September 30, 2017. Employment after that date is subject to availability of funds.
Implement activities of the MCSP Malawi Nutrition work plan:
- Organize a refresher for Master Trainers.
- Build local capacity in breastfeeding and BFHI using proven training approaches (e.g., group based, on-the-job, etc. for clinical staff and orientations for other staff) and identifying and developing social behavior change materials for use by health staff.
- Provide in-service and refresher training for hospital staff on BFHI develop job aids and other SBCC.
- Contribute to and coordinate with the program’s monitoring and evaluation team to identify BFHI indicators and targets and ensure that the program meets them in accordance with national and USAID standards.
- Coordinate with relevant ministries on BFHI.
- Coordinate with WHO, UNICEF, and other donors supporting nutrition and BFHI.
- Represent MCSP at relevant national nutrition coordinating committees and nutrition technical working groups, and advocate for best practices in BFHI.
- Contribute to annual work plan development, training plans and quarterly reports and other required technical or other reports, as needed.
- Assist in conceptualizing, and contributing to strategic direction in infant and young child feeding programs for the Malawi MCSP program.
- Ensure financial stewardship of USAID funds by complying with financial requirements and helping to create a culture of compliance.
- Evaluate program progress against deliverables on a quarterly basis.
- Coordinate with the other members of the MCSP technical team and NGO partners to develop, implement, and inform on BFHI.
- Perform other duties as needed by MCSP/PATH Nutrition Team based in Washington, DC which can aid in achieving of program goals.
- Advanced knowledge and skills of the most up-to-date scientific evidence on effective interventions in nutrition, particularly breastfeeding, but with good knowledge of complementary feeding.
- Demonstrated ability to build capacity and collaboration between governmental and non-governmental partners and other project implementers.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a complex, multi-intervention health development and multi-partner program in collaboration with national health ministries and international partners.
- Familiarity with evidence-based reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health interventions and best practices that will be the focus of this project.
- Personal and professional commitment to gender equality.
- Proven capacity to plan, analyze and ensure routine monitoring of work plans.
- Ability to travel to districts as needed, up to 30% of the time.
- Strong change management, results-oriented and decision-making skills.
- Excellent (English) to include written, interpersonal and oral communication/presentation skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse team of staff, headquarters and field based partners and counterparts.
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- A Bachelor of Science or M.S. degree in nutrition or a related field or a nurse or doctor.
- At least 5 years of professional experience in maternal and child health, including experience supporting breastfeeding and infant and young child nutrition. Experience in developing/designing/writing, reviewing and/or editing practical technical resources in nutrition or health related areas (e.g., training packages, job aids, behavior change communication materials, etc.) including excellent computer skills.
- Must have Legal Authorization to work in Malawi.
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PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.