Child and Newborn Health Senior Specialist

Nakuru | Kenya

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Child and Newborn Health Specialist for the first 3 years of a 5 -year program in Kenya led by FHI360, the prime award recipient. With leadership from FHI360, the prime award recipient, the purpose of the program is to enhance access to and utilization of quality family planning, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health services in selected counties and sub-counties in Kenya. Afya Uzazi activities will contribute to Kenya’s goals of ending preventable deaths among children and mothers, meeting demand for family planning services, and achieving good nutrition for optimal health of all Kenyans.

MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.


The Child and Newborn Health Specialist will oversee the strengthening of provider skills in newborn healthcare services by scaling up high impact interventions and reinforcing widely accepted standard care practices. With guidance from the Senior Advisor, s/he will also be responsible for guiding the scale-up of the use of ORS/zinc in the management of diarrhea in private facilities. To address inequities in immunization coverage, s/he will scale up the Reaching Every Community (REC) approach. Utilizing the national Harmonized Competency Based Training Curriculum for Obstetrics and Neonatal Care, the Senior Advisor will ensure appropriate care at various levels as well as a reinforced referral system through continuous trainings and training of trainers.


Under the technical guidance of the Child and Newborn Health Senior Advisor, the Specialist will undertake the following activities:

  1. Utilizing distance learning approaches, conduct trainings to review standard newborn care practices such as early breastfeeding initiation and lactation counseling.
  2. Introduce high-impact practices such as kangaroo mother care for preterm/low birth weight babies, chlorhexidine cord care, and neonatal resuscitation (Helping Babies Breathe). Additional topics will include compassionate and respectful counseling as well as injectable antibiotics for sepsis treatment.
  3. Train and mentor healthcare workers at high-volume health facilities in an exchange program to ensure providers have practical supervised experience in a setting with sufficient caseload to ensure diversity and depth of experience.
  4. Train trainers for the staff of private clinics and pharmacies to provide ORS/ZINC as part of their provided services.
  5. Promote data review of the various mentoring and quality improvement approaches to ensure continuous provision and quality improvement.
  6. Using tailored plans and Community Champions, among other approaches, collaborate with county authorities to design and implement a quality assurance strategy and to implement the Reaching Every Community (REC) approach to address inequities in immunization coverage.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in public health or other related field and 4-6 years’ experience, a Master’s degree and 2-4 years’ experience, or a Doctorate and 0-2 years’ experience.
  2. Demonstrated experience implementing newborn and child healthcare interventions.
  3. Previous experience training healthcare workers in high volume settings.
  4. Strong written and oral presentation skills in English required. Working knowledge of local languages is recommended.
  5. Willingness to relocate to Baringo and to travel within Kenya required. Reports To: MSH Kenya Country Representative

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization with nearly 2,500 people from over 74 nationalities working in over 40 countries. Our mission: Saving lives and improving the health of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: MSH - Management Sciences for Health
  • Location: Nakuru | Kenya
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Health service
    • Social studies
    • Social studies
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-30

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