Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan
Position Title: Provincial Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Advisor
Report to: National Manager, Health Program
No of vacancies: 01
Duty Station: Badakhshan
Announcing Date: May 20th 2012
Closing Date: June 16th 2012
Vacancy No: KBL/2012/017
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private international, nonprofit, and non-denominational
development agency. It seeks sustainable solutions to long term problems of poverty, with special
emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource poor areas
across the world. Concentrating its efforts in health, education, rural development and
strengthening civil society sectors, AKF’s approach is based on long-term commitment that is
maintained through political and social uncertainty.
Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan is part of a dynamic network of development agencies currently
operating in over 30 countries across Central and South Asia and East and West Africa. AKF,A
currently manages and implements the largest, multi-sectoral development programme within the
network and has built a strong reputation with the Government of Afghanistan, donors and local
partners in a number of technical fields. At present, it is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the
position of Provincial Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Advisor at its Regional Office
Badakhshan – Afghanistan.
To provide technical support to Provincial Public Health Directorate especially the Reproductive
Health Officer for institutional capacity building including strengthening monitoring and evaluation,
developing operating procedures for implementing relevant policies and strategies and other
technical areas to improve efficiency
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Follow the implementation of the national policies on Maternal Neonatal and Child Health and
advocacy for a comprehensive implementation of MNCH strategies. This includes technical
support and field visits to review the implementation of MNCH components outlined under the
Basic Package of Health Services, Essential Package of Hospital Services, Reproductive Health
Strategy 2012 – 2016 and other concerned MoPH policies.
Continuous support toward institutional capacity building of both Reproductive Health and Child
and Adolescent Health Departments of the Provincial Public Health Directorate. This includes
(but not limited) to developing and strengthening monitoring and evaluation system, breaking
down the policies to standard operating procedures and assessing the implementation of these
Contribute in the reproductive and child health policy development and/or modification/revision
and provide required support.
Provide guidance and support to the Provincial Public Health Director of Reproductive Health
and Child and Adolescent Health Departments of the Provincial Public Health Directorate on
Maternal Neonatal and Child Health related activities.
Provide systematic feedback on implementation of Maternal and Child Health policies at the
sub-national level along with recommendation.
Provide technical support and field visit to the program/project implementation sites to review
the implementation of policies addressing improving access to quality reproductive and child
health care services and also the community based interventions implemented through the
Maintaining proper liaison and coordination with the other stakeholders/partners at the
provincial level and sharing the information.
Provide overall support to provincial level MNCH personnel in developing their MNCH
Provide on-going technical support to the Department of Reproductive Health and relevant staff
Support and presenting the success stories and best practices related to maternal and child
health and the evidences indicating the progress toward improving maternal and child health.
Identifying areas of operational research for improving maternal and child health through
utilizing the available data.
Assisting in the development and dissemination of effective communications materials on health
Drawing out and documenting program documents.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
University Degree – Master Degree in relevant disciplines from a recognized university,
preference will be given to those with MPH
Minimum 3 years of experience in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health filed particularly in
institutional capacity building, policy implementation, developing MNCH related standard
operating procedures and other technical support.
Effective communication skills
Excellent English language proficiency
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)
Prior experience of working directly with national programs
Ability to establish strong relationships with officials and to develop a network of contacts
Ability to work in a team and be a good team player
Self-motivated, Pro-active, efficient, reliable and creative
Please apply through our Career Centre: http://www.akdn.org/careers
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.