Job Description

Senior Newborn and Child Health Advisor

Location: Rosslyn, VA

Posting Date: 01/30/2017

Deadline Date: Open until the position is filled.


Through its Center for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), JSI seeks to strengthen global, regional and country efforts to improve health systems to decrease mortality and morbidity by improving coverage of evidence based interventions for women and children at scale in a sustainable and equitable way. JSI is a global leader known for its focus on strengthening MNCH as an integral part of the broader health system. JSI is recognized for its global and customized country work to build capacity, reduce inequity, improve the availability, quality and use of data at all levels, partner with communities and civil society, change behavior, strengthen communications, and professionalize supply chain management. The MNCH Center influences the global technical agenda for MNCH system strengthening through advocacy with partners and participation in international forums to share JSI’s technical expertise and development perspective. The MNCH Center serves as the hub for MNCH technical activity within JSI, and manages a portfolio of projects and new business opportunities.

The MNCH Center is recruiting for a Senior Newborn and Child Health Advisor based in Arlington, Virginia to serve as the Senior Advisor (40%) to projects in the center’s portfolio to actively participate in new business development actively participate in new business development, within the MNCH center, and represent JSI as a thought leader in newborn and child health fora/discussions at global, regional and country levels (30%); and to provide newborn and child health technical support when requested from JSI country programs (30%). Working collaboratively, s/he will support the implementation of an overall strategic vision and workplan for the MNCH Center. S/he might also be requested to provide technical assistance (short or long-term) to support JSI activities for specific donor-funded programs, such as the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program.


Specific responsibilities include:
  • Actively contribute to MNCH Center business development efforts, including leading technical proposal development and managing client relations, as well as contributing to strategic planning for new business.
  • Serve in a senior technical and management role for current and future projects in the MNCH Center portfolio.
  • Participate in development of technical briefers on newborn and child health.
  • Contribute to and coordinate with other JSI Centers, bilateral projects and centrally-funded projects to promote the inclusion of state of the art newborn and child health interventions and approaches throughout JSI’s work.
  • Contribute to business development efforts across JSI, provide technical inputs and guidance, and assist in technical writing as required.
  • Contribute to the center’s strategic planning processes.
  • Participate in and contribute technically to appropriate regional and global technical meetings and conferences on child and newborn health.
  • Make substantive technical and policy contributions to the development and implementation of the global newborn and child health agenda in collaboration with international and national partners (such as WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, NGOs, CSOs).
  • Identify opportunities to implement joint initiatives with USAID partners and other international partners such as UNICEF, WHO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and World Bank, among others.
  • Facilitate the identification of newborn and child health-related program learning priorities and contribute to the design of specific implementation research.
  • Perform other duties commensurate with training and experience.
  • Provide on-site technical assistance to country programs and partners for the development and adaptation of child health/iCCM training materials; training courses and training follow-up; supportive supervision; record keeping and reporting; continuous monitoring and use of data to refine program strategies; advocacy and resource mobilization in support of iCCM; operations research; other aspects of child health strategy support;
  • Contribute to the development of workplans, guides, manuals and educational or informative materials in support of child health.


  • Medical Doctor with MPH or PhD in public health, public administration or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in Africa and Asia designing, leading, managing, implementing and evaluating large international health projects, specifically with experience in the following areas: child health, newborn health, community health, management, health policy, health systems strengthening, behavior change communication.
  • Well-developed entrepreneurial skills and demonstrated experience generating new business opportunities, cultivating partnerships with donor agencies, building strategic partnerships, and generating demand for JSI products and services.
  • Demonstrated team spirit as well as skills for working effectively within a small team, and able to reach out to other JSI entities (projects and/or centers).
  • Demonstrated professional experience working in partnership with international donors and agencies, host country governments, partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Able to navigate in already established structures and show flexibility to adapt and take initiative.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in coordination, both internal to an organization and external, with other organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in working with international partners and demonstrated effectiveness in networking.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple activities simultaneously and work in a complex environment with teams whose members are physically located in different time zones and geographic areas around the world.
  • Results oriented and able to produce high quality work under deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and the ability to organize and present information in a compelling way.
  • English fluency- spoken and written; proficiency in French and Portuguese would be a plus.
  • Training and experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation and write up of research study findings a plus.
  • Computer literacy required
  • Ability to travel up to 30%.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online.

No phone calls please.
Principals only please.

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