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Family Planning / Reproductive Health At Pathfinder International

Date Posted: 22/Nov/2013
Deadline: Not Specified



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Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, ensure availability of safe abortion services and post-abortion care, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Program Overview

Pathfinder is seeking a Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH) Advisor candidate for the DFID – Nigerian Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH2) Programme. The objective of the programme is to achieve effective and efficient delivery of essential health care for pregnant women, newborns and children, alongside routine immunization. The programme will strengthen health system coordination through improved health sector planning and financing, and will increase demand for and access to high quality health services. The programme will work with Federal, State and Local Governments to build capacity within the public health system to enable sustainability beyond the immediate lifetime of the programme. Sustainable solutions should be sought for every output and outcome of this programme intervention.

Position Purpose

The FP/RH Advisor contributes to the global effort of Pathfinder International to improve the health and well-being of women, newborns and children through the promotion of healthy behaviors, increasing access to FP and RH services, and fostering more gender equitable and RH supportive community norms. The FP/RH advisor will support the high-quality technical implementation of Pathfinder's project.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to Federal, State and Local Governments to develop and roll-out a national FP and RH Strategy and Guidelines.
  • Support Federal, State and Local Governments to develop/finalize national training curricula for FP and RH services, including adding content related to married adolescents, and coordinate national training of trainers.
  • Provide technical assistance to Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria to tailor national and community health worker strategies to reach young married women and their partners with FP and RH information and services.
  • Facilitate training of community-based distribution agents in healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy and effective communication and counselling around contraception and fertility for young women and their partners.
  • Support facility refurbishment, commodity procurement and supply chain management.
  • Develop guide for engaging male partners of young women via small groups and household visits using existing Pathfinder resources and other partner resources.
  • Provide technical support to local partners to tailor community outreach strategies to address community norms around FP, RH, gender, and fertility.
  • Monitor implementation of activities and data collection by local partners and provide supportive supervision to improve quality of program activities.
  • Maintain communication with Pathfinder Headquarter technical advisors to build skills in FP and RH, discuss and address challenges, and ensure that Pathfinder resources and approaches are being applied throughout the project.
  • Represent Pathfinder International in technical working groups, meetings, and other forums.
  • Participate in project quarterly and annual review meetings as well as report writing.

Basic Requirements

  • Master's degree in health, population, demography, social sciences or related field is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in implementation of FP and RH programs tailored to women, newborns and children.
  • Technical knowledge of contraception and gender and other FP and RH issues facing young people, and particularly young married women and first time parents, in Nigeria.
  • Proven ability to provide technical assistance and support to Federal, State and Local Governments and local partners in the areas of FP and RH.
  • Experience training health care providers, outreach workers, or peer educators.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and broadly to envision, create and implement a program.
  • Client-focused, with the ability to facilitate strong working relationships between colleagues, donors, government officials and community members.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills; emphasis on priority setting and completion of simultaneous tasks.
  • Computer literacy (Word) and email (Outlook) required.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel In-county.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, economic and cultural context of working in Nigeria.

Pathfinder International is proud to be an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.


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