District Quality Officer -Lahore based - (Kasur + Gujranwala + Sheikhpura)
Pathfinder International
Islamabad, Pakistan
5d ago

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction.

Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment.

Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Project Background and Objectives

The Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan (DAFPAK) : Public Sector Service Delivery’ funded by the Foreign Commonwealth Development Organization (FCDO) is a part of the DAFPAK programme.

The programme was initially a training and quality improvement programme at the district level however due to a refocus of operations in 2021, it has evolved into a technical assistance programme focused on family planning systems strengthening.

The programme works in 20 districts across the three provinces (KP, Sindh and Punjab).

Palladium and its consortium partner, Pathfinder, will strengthen the quality-of-service provision in the public sector (across 20+ districts in three provinces Punjab, Sindh and KPK) by engaging with the provincial and district- level governments in pursuit of four outputs :

Output 1 : Improve FP coordination for the implementation of Result-Based Management Frameworks and CCI recommendation at provincial levels

Output 2 : Strengthen procurement and distribution of contraceptive commodities to the last mile

Output 3 : Bolster FP data systems and build a culture of data demand and evidence use for decision-making

Output 4 : Improve access to, and quality of, FP services Delivering Accelerated Family Planning in Pakistan (DAFPAK) programme aims to expand access to quality family planning (FP) services in the public and private sectors.

Funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), this initiative has four components, which are implemented by different consortia / partners as described below :

Component 1 : Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) implemented by M&C Saatchi

Component 2(a) : Private Sector Service Delivery implemented by PSI, MSI and DKT

Component 2(b) : Public Sector Service Delivery (PSSD) implemented by Palladium and its partners

Component 3 : Enabling Environment - Advocacy and Policy Development led by UNFPA

Component 4 : Audits, Third Party Validation, Monitoring and Research led by Integrity

The DAFPAK component 2(b) (i.e., PSSD) started in August 2019. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, PSSD activities were scaled down during the FYs 20 / 21 and 21 / 22.

Recently, the DAFPAK PSSD has received a no-cost extension and will implement its interventions in accordance with the revised scope of work.

The project will now continue till June 2024.

Building on our previous work, Palladium, and its consortium partner (Pathfinder International) will engage with the provincial and district-level governments in pursuit of four outputs :

Output 1 : Improve FP coordination for the implementation of Result-Based Management Frameworks and CCI recommendation at provincial levels

Output 2 : Strengthen procurement and distribution of contraceptive commodities to the last mile

Output 3 : Bolster FP data systems and build a culture of data demand and evidence use for decision- making

Output 4 : Improve access to, and quality of, FP services

Palladium and its consortium partner will strengthen FP service provision in the public sector across 20 districts in three provinces of Punjab (6), Sindh (10) and KP (4).

For the delivery of its objectives, DAFPAK PSSD will establish provincial teams comprising of Team Leads and team members supporting M&E, Quality of Care, Coordination, and Ops in each province.

The project will also maintain a lean and agile TA support at Islamabad level to strengthen federal alignment across provincial activities and support and provincial collaboration.

Key Performance Areas

Major Activities / Responsibilities

Coordinate

  • In close collaboration with District Cluster Coordinator, will develop and maintain coordination with District Health Management, DPWO, LHW Program Coordinator, partner, hospital and facility staff at district level for project implementation under quality of care.
  • Coordinate with DAFPAK Provincial office for seeking guideline and providing update regarding the implementation of work plan
  • Coordinate with district management for nomination and release of participants for training as per work plan on technical and clinical skills
  • Communicate and coordinate with district team for organizing trainings / activities in timely manner
  • Ensure the timely sharing of work plan / activity calendar with district level relevant stakeholders
  • Participate in district cluster meetings with other components of DAFPAK
  • Responsible to organize FP training and post trainings follow-ups of health care providers including LHWs.
  • Organise and conduct quarterly Technical Review Committees meetings.
  • Technical Support

  • Do a selected training needs assessment
  • Will train master trainers in the district on comprehensive FP modules
  • Co-facilitate technical trainings if needed with the master trainer
  • Conduct on-job training / coaching for standardizing LARC Services at the facility level
  • Follow trainees to certify on clinical procedures as per provincial
  • Technical support to implement FP and IP standards in facilities
  • Monitoring

  • Will implement and monitor supportive supervision model through district trainers
  • Visit assigned facilities according to the planned schedule, would be responsible for coordinating and managing quality assurance processes implementation at the health facility level.
  • Reporting

  • Collect the required data from the health facilities and send it to M&E Coordinators on time.
  • Monitor facility progress on action plans and assist facility staff in organizing their facility data for FP services
  • Collect and report agreed means of verification for each activity on agreed timelines
  • Prepare monthly report to capture the major events of the program
  • Fiscal management for district activities.
  • Prepare all MoVs for assigned activities and share them within agreed timelines
  • Capture Success stories
  • Minimum Education and Work Experience :

  • LHV, Midwife, Lady Doctor registered with the PNC / PMDC Pakistan
  • Three to five years of clinical experience and familiarity in Family Planning / Maternal and Child Health
  • Experience and familiarity with Quality improvement processes.
  • Experience of training / coaching and familiarity with competency-based training approaches preferred. Technical and clinical skills in the following areas Family Planning, Public Health
  • Familiar and experience of Specific Public Health System : Foundational knowledge of public health systems.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services : Foundational knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of assigned program or project, including program or project strategies and indicators.
  • PC Applications : Foundational knowledge of database and internet applications.
  • The candidate must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with an ability to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Must be able to work independently and respond to queries in a timely manner.
  • Proven ability to write and speak English language.
  • Willing to travel outside of district
  • Preferred Education and Work Experience :

  • Females and local candidates with familiarity with context and language would be preferred.
  • Training Design, Development and Delivery : Foundational knowledge of curriculum design and development. Ability to deliver training to diverse groups.
  • The candidate must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with an ability to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Must be able to work independently and respond to queries in a timely manner.
  • Proven ability to write and speak English language.
  • Competencies / Attributes :

    Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies :

  • Specific Public Health System : Foundational knowledge of public health systems.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services : Foundational knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of assigned program or project, including program or project strategies and indicators.
  • Training Design, Development and Delivery : Foundational knowledge of curriculum design and development. Ability to deliver training to diverse groups.
  • PC Applications : Foundational knowledge of database and internet applications.
  • Minimally Required Organizational Competencies :

  • oftware Applications : Foundational knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including MS Word, Outlook & PowerPoint.
  • Languages : Proven ability to write and speak using local language and English language.
  • Communication : Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork : Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, and ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures and adapt local practices to global standards.
  • Matrix Management : Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
  • Confidentiality : Ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues
  • Other Information :

  • This job description format focuses on the main duties of the position and is not intended to list every potential task or assignment.
  • Duties can and will change to meet the changing priorities of the department and organization.

    Pathfinder is committed to the safeguarding and protection of the people we serve and our staff. We have zero tolerance for any type of behavior that inflicts harm on children, young people, adults, our staff and partners including sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, and exploitation.

    We do everything possible to ensure that we recruit only those who are suitable to work with for us and expect that everyone we hire will abide by our safeguarding and related policies and will report any suspected or known violations.

    This job is subject to a range of vetting checks as legally permitted in the country where they are being hired.

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