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Technical Advisor Child Health, Development and Survival

at Mercy Corps
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted August 13, 2019
Category Healthcare
Currency UGX


Technical Advisor Child Health, Development and Survival
Location: Jinja, Uganda
Technical Advisor Child Health, Development and Survival

Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor – Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)
Supervises: None
Location: Jinja

Job Purpose: The Technical Advisor, Child Health, Development and Survival is responsible for providing overall leadership, coordination and management for the implementation of high-quality child health services across supported districts. S/he will provide technical oversight and capacity building for health workers in supported health units to ensure the delivery of quality, relevant and evidence-based interventions. S/he will be responsible for leading the projects’ efforts to improve the health of children in the supported districts. S/he will contribute to efforts in strengthening nutrition, diarrhea prevention and treatment, pneumonia treatment, and integrated case management.

Specific Responsibilities
Spearhead the development and implementation of the project child health strategies, work plans and health systems strengthening activities designed to improve quality of Child Health services
Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of district work plans for Child Health interventions
Track key performance indicators and strategies to determine progress in achievement of targets and innovations across supported districts
Manage specific activities, as assigned; work with colleagues to prepare activity plans and budgets; liaise with stakeholders; provide direct technical input in areas of expertise; monitor and report on progress; and participate in review meetings
Participate on behalf of the project in relevant regional/national technical coordination meetings and conferences;
Assist in identifying and supervising consultants and in mentoring and supervising junior technical and operations staff;
Conduct targeted site supervision visits to supported health units in the districts to provide technical assistance, capacity building and mentorship of health workers
Work with other project staff to plan and implement quality improvement activities, including supporting health unit teams to achieve efficient delivery of services.
Work in collaboration with supported health units and districts to implement activities related to the community management of childhood illnesses, including improved water, hygiene and sanitation and infant and young child feeding to prevent diarrhea, the distribution and promotion of insecticide-treated bed nets, etc.
Supervise other staff as designated
Prepare periodic program reports, as may be required.


Strategic Leadership

Provides leadership to ensure all active programs maintain logical frameworks and monitoring plans per Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards to measure program output, outcomes and impact against goals and indicators.
Supports Program Managers and MEL focal points to design quality information collection strategies that inform a country-wide system and information management platform.
Designs and promotes strong feedback loops within programs and across sectors to enable iterative program design and management.
M&E Management

Examines program indicators across all sectors, standardizing and refining based on application, in coordination with Mercy Corps’ global standards and post 2015 Sustainability Goals.
Provides guidance and recommendations on data collection, measurement and sampling methodologies to ensure quality data is collected and applied.
Develops data collection tools and templates, including assessments, baselines, monitoring forms, and final evaluations.
Leads design and implementation of final program evaluations and research studies that help to identify the drivers of impact.
Collaborates across programs to strengthen program management feedback loops to inform iterative programming.
Capacity Building and Mentoring

Develops program staff and partner capacity building strategy that promotes a culture of learning through systematic analysis and reflection.
Provides training and mentoring in survey design, methodology, data collection and analysis and other skills as required for assessing the impact of programs.
Work closely with Program Managers, DCD, and Finance to ensure that MEL skills are incorporated and budgeted into all new programs.
Contributes to the knowledge management repository with best practices in MEL and ICT and ensure that it is accessible to all staff and partners.


Knowledge of major aspects of program development, implementation and documentation and excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

Significant experience in training and capacity building of staff and implementing partner agencies.
Successful experience with the adoption of mobile data collections tools like Open Data Kit and Ona including XLSForm authoring.
Demonstrated understanding of intermediate statistics and ability to summarize and make predictions from multiple data sets.

Experience Requirements

5 years relevant professional experience, including at least three years working in M&E.
Experience as MEL Advisor or equivalent (MEL Manage, Director etc) at country level in other Mercy Corps offices.
Experience with data management including the ability to structure and collate data sets for ease of analysis.
Experience with a range of data management systems such as Commcare and visualisation tools such as PowerBi or Tableau.

Education Requirements

Postgraduate degree in development studies, research methods, statistics, economics, social sciences, monitoring and evaluation, project management or other relevant field required.