Maternal and Newborn Capacity Building officer

Save the Children

Rue Nerhu, Unit 25 Phonexay Village Xaysettha District Vientiane Capital


The role

We are currently looking for Maternal and Newborn Capacity Building officer based in Luang Prabang

Role Purpose

The Maternal and Newborn Care Capacity Building officer will be responsible for the improvement in the quality of maternal and newborn care in Luang Prabang by strengthening key skills for maternal and newborn care among Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) care providers, their educators, supervisors and also Save the Children team members especially district nutrition and gender officers. Capacity building activities for government partners will focus on strengthening and maintaining the skills of a core team of provincial and district mentors to provide onsite coaching, health team maternal and newborn emergency skills simulation practice, and promotion of peer to peer mentoring. The capacity building officer will be responsible to ensure skills standardization among the mentor team and support the mentor team to train new MNH providers as mentors in new geographical areas as required. In addition, he/she will be responsible for management of data, M&E, building the skills of mentors in using data to make action plans and improve services. Ensure documentation of learning and developing the advocacy skills of mentors.

In addition, The Capacity Building officer will work with the mentors and PHC technical team to support quality implementation of the SBCC approach by strengthening health centre staff skills to mentor and support  community home visit volunteers for 1,000 Day Household visits; and strengthen the skills of district  mentors to provide supportive supervision visits.  Implementation of the SBCC approach for improved maternal and young child nutrition will include strengthening linkages between the community  and health facilities and promoting and supporting community accountability. In addition s/he will contribute to SBCC monitoring, documentation of learning, evaluation and revision/ adaptation of approach.  

S/he should be knowledgeable of the service delivery, capacity building and training aspects of these technical areas, as well as Laos health policies and strategies. Maternal Newborn Care Capacity Building officer will ensure smooth integration of the mentoring approach within the government provincial and district health system. S/he will work under the direction and supervision of the Maternal/Newborn Program Manager,  as a  member of the Prmary Health Care Program team and SCI country office in Lao PDR.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Ensure they fully understand the provisions of the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Code of Conduct and Local/Country Procedures.

Conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the Child Safeguarding Policy, in their personal and professional lives – which includes reporting suspicions of child abuse.


  • In collaboration with MN Program Manager support the ongoing clinical skills  and mentoring capacity building of mentors and trainer mentors in the facilities
  • Ensure quarterly on-site capacity building and support visits from SCI mentoring team and trainer mentor to districts.
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen critical skills for example neonatal resuscitation, breastfeeding and lead on training mentors in these areas
  • Identify opportunities to support MoH with their plans for training in LPB and improving management of complications of birth for example, PPH, pre-eclampsia, LBW and premature newborns once basic skills have been full consolidated
  • Adapt training materials, checklists and job aids to address core MNH competencies.
  • Train provincial and district mentors in quality supervision and on-site mentoring of  district and health center staff
  • Support trainer mentors to teach MNH providers to become mentors in other geographical areas. For example new districts and provinces under SCALING
  • Provide technical advice to develop appropriate skills training for community CHV’s and facilitate district mentors and HC midwives to implement skills training.
  • Contribute to the development of systems for follow-up, monitoring and ongoing capacity building for mentors, CHV’s.
  • Together with the PHC team strengthen linkages between health centers and the community and promote improved accountability  for the quality of care in facilities.


  • In collaboration with the team of mentors and PHC team members conduct regular monitoring and supervision visits to the program areas and develop detailed field trip reports with action points.
  • Manage data and regularly utilise, share data with partners and other stakeholders to inform management decisions
  • Encourage the mentor team in self-monitoring and using data results for action
  • Document and disseminate promising field practices, lessons learnt, and case studies related to Mentoring activities and encourage others to do the same.


  • Document implementation of capacity building activities and lessons learnt and share with MN Program Manager and PHCP team
  • Participate with PHC team to regular meet with stakeholders in Luang Prabang and Sayaboury to reflect on learning and adapt approach as necessary
  • Participate in monthly PHC team meetings and update on implementation and lessons learnt
  • Participate in quarterly PMT meetings and SCI all staff meetings. 


  • Work with government partners to support their skills for contributing to national level policy and strategy development for mother and child survival interventions through participation in relevant provincial and national meetings 


  • Build effective relationships with provincial health departments, provincial and district health staff and health managers.
  • Represent the Mentoring program in the absence of the MN program manager
  • Participate in additional national level health program meetings and events as requested by the MN program manager


  • In collaboration with MN Program Manager develop and strengthen relationships with development agencies, SCI country offices, SCI members and research institutes working to support maternal child health and nutrition in East Asia region
  • Seek opportunities to disseminate promising practices and program outcomes of the heath program externally.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  • Advanced clinical degree in midwifery, or a related field.
  • Professional qualification in public health or development an asset

Experience and Skills


  • At least 5 years’ experience working with the government health sector at national or provincial level in Lao PDR
  • Experience working with an international development organization is an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with a culturally and linguistically diverse team of staff, consultants and counterparts.
  • Ability to travel frequently to districts in Luang Prabang and to Vientiane
  • Laos national preferred
  • Computer skills essential. Ability to use email, word, excel, power point. Read and write case studies and short reports
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Strong relationship building, representation and networking skills
  • Capacity building/ facilitation skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • High levels of attention to detail and quality
  • Lao language essential. English language skills both spoken and written  an asset
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s purpose and values.
  • Initiative, flexibility and ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • High levels of self-motivation and initiative.
  • Ownership and accountability of one’s work.
  • High levels of confidentiality and integrity (relating to both data and verbal communication).
  • Required to be based in Luang Prabang province
  • Regular travel will be required in this position
  • Some out of hours work may be required


  • Fluency Laos required and English preferred
  • Minimum 3 years' experience in the field of midwifery or Maternal and Newborn Health/Family Practice.
  • Proven experience in training and capacity building activities for health care providers and for CHV’s.

Contract length: fixed term 

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Interested candidates please submit a full application using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document including contact details of three professional referees (current and last line managers and HR department). Please also include details of your salary expectations and a copy of your ID card to Save the Children, HR Team, Rue Nerhu, Unit 25, Ban Phonexay (PO Box 7475) or email to hr.laos@savethechildren.org  

Please note that we will require a copy of your Criminal Records (ໃບ້ແຈ້ງໂທດ) later. 

Please indicate the title of position in your email subject line and also mention the location you apply to 

Closing date for applications is: 24th September, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Save the Children International is a child rights based organization. Safe recruitment is central to the safeguarding of children and young people that we come into contact with, and support through our programmes.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Save the children is an equal opportunities employer, qualified females, persons with disability and candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Save the Children

Save the Children

Rue Nerhu, Unit 25 Phonexay Village Xaysettha District Vientiane Capital

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Email : hr.laos@savethechildren.org
Telephone : (+856-21) 454201-3

Save the Children is the world's largest independent child rights development organization, making a difference to children's lives in more than 100 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. is the world's largest independent child rights development organization, making a difference to children's lives in more than 100 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.

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