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Maternal and Child Health Program Director, Community Partners International

Maternal and Child Health Program Director, Community Partners International


Community Partners International (CPI) works to increase local capacity in essential health service delivery for Myanmar’s underserved and at-risk populations. CPI has over fifteen years of experience working in close partnership with local organizations, including faith-based, community based organizations, and ethnic health organizations


Community Partners International (CPI) is seeking applications for a Maternal and Child Health Program Director. This person will be responsible for guiding and overseeing the technical and strategic direction of CPI’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Programs. S/he will also lead implementation of a few MCH program funded by the Swiss Development Corporation.

The MCH Program Director’s responsibilities include directly managing the implementation of the new MCH program, working closely with CPI partner organizations to develop tools, strategies and recommendations for strengthening MCH interventions. S/he will also provide technical leadership in donor representation and CPI development efforts. Additionally, the MCH program director will be responsible for the following functions across all field offices: (i) leading the CPI MCH team in program development, technical oversight, and program quality assurance, (ii) policy development and advocacy, and (iii) developing professional relationships with key MCH program and policy stakeholders.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Reports Directly to CPI Mae Sot Director

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday with some Saturday availability

COMPENSATION: Initial salary will be based on experience and skill level, increasing over time commensurate with performance.

 Based in Mae Sot (Tak Province, Thailand) or Yangon, Myanmar with an estimated 20% travel

LENGTH OF TERM: 2 year (extension will be based on the availability of funds)





I. Project Management


· Ensure successful MCH program start-up and implementation, including meeting operational targets and achieving or exceeding performance objectives

· Ensure that approaches are technical sound and effective at impacting MCH coverage and quality

· Prioritize technical assistance needs, develop and ensure the implementation of realistic and effective action plans for meeting those needs

· Work closely with ethnic and community-based health partners to design, implement, and monitor MCH project goals, objectives, and activities

· Ensure that ethnic and community health organization stakeholders are consulted and help shape the project based on knowledge of community health interventions in Eastern Myanmar. This includes approaches to service delivery, governance structures, workforce models, and health information systems.

· Facilitate effective communication between relevant partners and stakeholders

· Develop reports and presentations for dissemination to internal and external audiences.

· Lead efforts to translate data and findings into programmatic guidance and policy advocacy

· Represent CPI in meetings with donors and partners and provide technical assistance to partners in designing and implementing their work plans and budgets.

· Oversee and monitor CPI’s MCH Program budgets

· Provide technical support and guidance on key program approaches.

· Work closely with Health Systems Strengthening and Health Information Systems Director and Coordinators to support project goals.

· Prefer demonstrated understanding of government of Myanmar policies and ethnic health organizations’ programs in maternal and child health services.

II. Technical Leadership

· Provide strategic and technical direction for MCH programs, including to Identify, secure and/or adapt resources (technical, material, institutional and individual) for use in CPI’s MCH programs Provide, or arrange for the provision of, technical assistance, guidance, and capacity building in partners’ MCH programs

· Serve as technical lead for the development and submission of successful proposals for MCH programs to expand the quality and scope of MCH programming

· Lead MCH project design and program planning, including the selection of appropriate methodologies for program implementation, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation (i.e.: identifying key indicators), and supporting relevant research and/or survey methodologies)

· Foster organizational learning and cross pollination of promising practices throughout the organization as well as between CPI and partners through sharing of information electronically, via workshops, tool kits, compilation documents, etc.

· Promote Relationship building by: (a) identifying key contacts and ensuring good relationships with potential and existing funders, technical resources, etc. (b) identifying and building relationships with strategic institutional partners, (c) maintaining existing and building new relationships with ethnic and community-based health organization partners, and (d) developing and maintaining strong relationships with Ministry of Health and Department of Health MCH program counterparts

· Ensure technical quality of donor reports, publications or presentations

· Provide oversight and technical support to a range of maternal and newborn health activities including sexual and reproductive health, HIV testing and counseling, family planning, prenatal care, antenatal care, safe delivery, nutrition, immunizations, birth spacing, and emergency referrals

· Ensure integration across technical areas and with cross cutting approaches such as gender, equity and rights based approaches to health


III. Advocacy and Representation

· Participate in coordination and planning meetings with SDC, Ministry of Health, Local Government officials and other MCH partners in particular

· Facilitate and contribute to policy and program discussions between the Government of Myanmar (GoM), ethnic and community-based organizations

· Represent CPI’s MCH program with donors, and coordinate with other INGOs and UN agencies working in MCH, especially in regards to eastern Myanmar.


· Master’s or Doctorate in public health or equivalent advanced degree

· More than 5 years relevant professional experience with an emphasis on maternal and child health and project management

· Experience with community-based health interventions and health systems strengthening approaches

· Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, including ability to effectively communicate across cultures

· Excellent program development and grant writing experience including budget managerial skills

· Experience and ability in capacity building and the provision of technical support in MCHN

· Must show initiative, be able to work independently, be a team player and demonstrate strong leadership skills

· Fluency in English required, ability to speak Burmese would be beneficial

· Computer literacy required

· Must be able to travel internationally


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