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National MNCH Policy Advisor At John Snow, Inc

Date Posted: 12/Sep/2013
Deadline: 31/Oct/2013

Job Title: National MNCH Policy Advisor

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Posting Date: 09/11/2013

Deadline Date: 10/31/2013

Starting Date: 02/03/2014

John Snow, Incorporated (JSI), a public health management consulting and research organization, is recruiting for a National MNCH Policy Advisor

to provide technical assistance for a Nigeria MNCH Programme funded by UKaid.

The purpose of this project is to provide technical assistance in comprehensive maternal, neonatal and child health services

to the government of Nigeria in the states of Jigawa, Zamfara, Yobe, Katsina, Kaduna, and Kano.

The National MNCH Policy Advisor will be a full-time position based in Nigeria and is anticipated to begin in early 2014.


  • Provide overall leadership and strategic and technical direction for the Programme’s policy activities in collaboration with the SMOH;
  • Work with SMOH and key stakeholders to identify and select priority maternal health policy areas for research, pilot testing and policy development;
  • Develop plans, concept papers, and proposals for policy initiatives;
  • Work with SMOH and key stakeholders to provide technical leadership and coordination of policy initiatives, including advocacy activities

              and development of such documents as laws, ordinances, decrees, and circulars;

  • Plan and conduct advocacy workshops and consensus meetings for constituencies involved in or affected by the policy process;
  • Work with state ministries of health, LGAs, and other partners to prepare for and implement new health policies; and 
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.


  • Post-graduate degree in public health or related field;
  • Eight to ten years’ experience working on MNCH health policy and programs, preferably in Nigeria;
  • Proven ability to collaborate successfully with counterparts, government organizations, and related stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player, to lead teams, and to organize multiple activities simultaneously;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with communities, ward development committees, LGA leadership, and SMOH technical staff;
  • Demonstrated understanding of public health issues and challenges in resource poor settings in northern Nigeria;
  • Computer skills that include Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access;
  • Ability to produce accurate data and reports;
  • Excellent communication skills in local languages; ability to give clear instructions; good English writing skills; and 
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively in the field under, at times, suboptimal conditions.


Salary commensurate with experience.


Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 10/31/2013.


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