Vacancy at Save the Children

 Employment Nigeria 14-Jan-2016 LAGOS , KADUNA , GOMBE , Consultancy   NGO  

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in over 20 countries around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. 

We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation. Save the Children’s mission is to Inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. 

POSITION :  Lead Facilitator (Consultant) Trainings on Essential Newborn Care Course

Situation of the Newborns in Nigeria: The first 28 days of life referred to as the neonatal period is a critical period for the survival of the child.  In Nigeria, approximately a third of the estimated seven hundred children who die before the age of five years do so in this neonatal period. 

Hitherto, care of the newborn/neonate is an aspect of child survival that has received limited attention. The situation is tragic especially as most of these babies die due to mainly preventable treatable causes such as birth asphyxia, infections and prematurity.

The present situation informs that if we do not re strategize to arrest the trend and substantially reduce newborn mortality, Nigeria will not attain the SDG. Most of these young lives can be saved with existing cost effective and efficient interventions, possible even in hard to reach areas through the existing health system. However, coverage is extremely low, even much lower than in most other African countries.

In order to support Nigeria in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to maternal, new-born and child health in Northern Nigeria, a 3 year improving Health worker capacity programme is being implemented with support from GSK in 3 States in Nigeria. (Gombe Kaduna and Lagos). 

Proposed Approach:

GSK’s support will enable Save the Children to improve access to life saving healthcare, by directly building the capacity of 5,000 frontline health workers.
We will focus on improving skills in areas with the highest potential to positively impact maternal and child health outcomes, and which have been identified as gaps through observation at service delivery level and in consultation with Ministry of Health partners.
In addition, by supporting activities to influence policy change, GSK’s support will contribute towards an overall goal of improving the quality of health services and reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Lagos, Gombe and Kaduna states in Nigeria.

Essential Newborn Care:

An unacceptable number of babies around the world die in the first week of life with the highest number dying within the first 24 hours of birth. Many of these deaths occur to babies born too early and too small, or with infections, or to babies asphyxiated around the time of delivery.
Studies have shown that many newborn lives can be saved by the use of simple low technological interventions.
Interventions such as: supporting breastfeeding; providing adequate warmth; ensuring good hygiene and cord care; recognizing early signs of danger and providing prompt treatment and referral; giving extra care to small babies and having skilled health workers attend mothers and babies at delivery and in the immediate post-partum period - can all increase newborn babies’ chances of survival.
The Essential Newborn Care Course aims to ensure health workers have the skills and knowledge to provide appropriate care at the most vulnerable period in a baby’s life.
Health workers are taught to use the National Blended Essential Newborn Care Course to achieve this.

Purpose of Assignment:

To improve care for new-born babies it is essential to improve quality of care available currently at the primary and secondary levels of care through training of medical doctors, midwives and community health extension workers on the Essential newborn care course.
Three National consultants in -country will be engaged to direct the training (one per state) and ensure quality.
S/He will be supported by four to six facilitators to ensure participants have adequate skills exposure.


The lead Facilitator working with other facilitators (including a Clinical Instructor) would direct
A Four (4) day training for Nurses, Midwives and doctors across select front line health facilities on the Full ENCC curriculum - HBB, ECEB, ECSB, Clinical sessions and Video
A three (3) day training for CHEWs on the Modified ENCC - HBB, ECEB and ECSB
The training would involve both lectures and skills training using adult learning methodologies.

The following activities will be undertaken:

Lead a Planning meeting with other facilitators and guidance for site preparation
Conduct the Training
Discuss recommendations for post training and support with MNCH Advisor.
Debriefing in the states with the State RH Coordinator
Writing the report.

Expected Output:

Training Report - draft and final within ten days of completion of each training.

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