The Schools of Public Health and Medicine at College of Health Sciences of Addis Ababa University seeks to hire Implementation Support Assistant for the implementation research it is planning to implement in partnership with Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health Department of Global Health and Population and Oromia Regional Health Bureau. The Implementation Research Initiative aims to accelerating scale-up of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in Oromia. The KMC research initiative will study the implementation of KMC by gaining an understanding of barriers and facilitators, and using data in repeated rapid cycles of model development-implementation-evaluation-refinement until a promising model is found to achieve high coverage of quality KMC. We will work within the existing government health system, Addis Ababa and the Oromia Regional Health Bureaus to implement the models with the goal of providing KMC to 80% or more of the target population of newborns, aiming to reduce mortality associated with preterm birth.
This position will be based in Ziway, Adami Tulu and Arsi Robe woredas, Oromia, Ethiopia. Under the guidance of the Implementation Support Coordinator, the Implementation Support Assistant will closely work with health facility managers, maternal and newborn health care providers and other actors in the district to support high quality implementation of KMC in the health facilities and community. S/he will be actively engaged with health facility leadership, facility pediatricians, nurses, midwives, health extension workers and the health development army. This person will also work with the quality improvement mentors to ensure ongoing mentorship within the health system.
Duration of work: 1 year with possible extension
Number of posts: 2
Excellent problem solving, communication, and organizational skills necessary. Ability to handle and prioritize multiple project activities, balance conflicting priorities, and handle confidential information appropriately. Must exhibit tact and diplomacy in inter-cultural settings.