Vacancy Announcement: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Specialist - FSNPSC 11

Vacancy Announcement

(Announcement Number: 13-12)

USAID/Nepal invites applications for employment from all interested and qualified candidates for the position of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Specialist in the Health and Family Planning Office, under a Foreign Service National (FSN) Personal Services Contract (PSC) subject to availability of funds. 

OPEN TO:                               All interested and qualified candidates

POSITION:                              Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Specialist, FSNPSC-11

OPENING DATE:                    November 13, 2013

CLOSING DATE:                    December 4, 2013 – 5:00 P.M Kathmandu time

WORK HOURS:                      Full-time; 40 hours/week



As a senior-level development professional in USAID/Nepal’s Office of Health and Family Planning (HFP), the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Specialist leads efforts to expand access to and improve the quality of MNCH services in Nepal. The incumbent reports to the Family Health Team Leader, and works closely with senior management and technical staff in HFP. The MNCH Specialist manages a five-year, $58.5 million portfolio of bilateral projects/activities in MNCH. As the lead for strategic information activities in HFP, the incumbent also coordinates the annual reporting and semi-annual review processes and manages a five-year, $3 million portfolio of applied research activities. The MNCH Specialist delivers analytical and technical assistance services to other bilateral/multilateral agencies, Government of Nepal and civil society in developing and implementing policies and programs based on best practices and innovations in MNCH. Representing the U.S. Government, the incumbent leads national technical working groups and builds alliances with External Development partners. 


1.      EDUCATION: A master’s degree in public health or similar from an accredited institution is required, doctoral degree in public health or similar field is desired. An equivalent of five to seven years of experience in public health, preferably in MNCH, is required.

2.      PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE: A minimum of five years managing health programs, preferably in MNCH, in a developing country is required. Prior experience in managing field-based activities and supervising one or more employees is desired. Prior experience in designing and managing national population-based surveys, operations research and independent evaluations is desired.

3.      KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of the Ministry of Health and Population’s Nepal Health Sector Plan II, U.S. Government’s Global Health Initiative and MNCH-related policies, best practices and programs. USAID’s strategies, business processes, and resource management practices desirable. Knowledge of initiatives and investments at the national, regional and global levels  and strategies, policies, programs, structures and business processes of the Government of Nepal, especially the Ministry of Health and Population, for MNCH. Thorough, current knowledge of research, policy developments and programmatic approaches in MNCH, particularly as they relate to family planning/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS (including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission) and other development issues. Knowledge of program design and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

4.      LANGUAGE: Level 4 (fluent) written and spoken Nepali and English.


-          Identify and solve complex technical and management problems faced by USAID’s implementing partners.

-          Anticipate and resolve performance issues of implementing partner organizations.

-          Identify opportunities to collaborate with other partners/stakeholders and to leverage resources outside of USAID. Track developments in MNCH and trends in U.S. and Nepal’s policies to align investments with new priorities.

-          Lead teams in gathering information, weighing alternative solutions, reaching consensus and implementing solutions.

A detailed job description for the position can be obtained by visiting USAID/Nepal website at

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume - not to exceed 3 pages - and any other documentation that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed in the full job description.  Please provide names of three references and their contact numbers and email addresses as well.  Please send your application to the attention of USAID/Nepal Human Resources Office, U.S Embassy Maharajgunj, G.P.O. Box. 295, Kathmandu, Nepal.  Applications may be sent electronically to:

Only short listed applicants will be contacted to participate in the hiring process.

USAID/Nepal is an equal opportunity employer committed to a staff composition that reflects the social and ethnic diversity of Nepali society.  We believe that social inclusion and diversity contribute to excellence.  Applicants from disadvantaged caste, under-represented ethnic groups, and women are especially encouraged to apply.






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Last updated: November 12, 2013