Maternal Health Advisor

Job Title/Position Maternal Health Advisor
Department Global Programs, Asia &Near East (ANE) Region, Jhpiego
Reports to Program Director, Maternal Health (Jhpiego)
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Hours: Part time (20 hours/week)

Scope of Work
The USAID MaMoni Maternal, Neonatal Health Care Strengthening Project (USAID MaMoni MNCSP) will contribute to increasing equitable utilization of quality maternal and newborn care services. Key outcomes will be achieved through four closely linked intermediate results (IRs) to advance health system responsiveness, improve MNC service quality and governance, increase access and demand for services and healthy household practices, and build national capacity to deliver these services with quality at scale. The MaMoni-MNCSP strategic objective aligns with USAID/Bangladesh and Government of Bangladesh (GoB) priorities to target the major causes of maternal and newborn deaths reflected in the following guiding documents: Bangladesh’s Call for Action 2013; Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Program (HPNSP 2017-2022); National Newborn Health Program (NNHP);Maternal Health Strategy 2015-2030; Bangladesh Every Newborn Action Plan (BENAP); National QI Strategic Plan; gender policy and guidance on gender-based violence (GBV); GoB Gender Equity Strategy 2014; and other sector guidance focused on Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD). The MaMoni-MNCSP consortium embraces the GoB vision of “a Bangladesh where there is no preventable deaths of newborns or stillbirths, where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth celebrated, and women, babies and children survive, thrive and reach their full potential” and will meaningfully contribute to achieving its goals of reducing the neonatal mortality rate to less than 18/1,000livebirths and the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to less than 121/100,000 live births by 2022.

MaMoni MNCSP is seeking a Maternal Health Advisor who will provide high-level technical assistance to the project’s maternal health (MH) component on a part time-basis, in tandem with the MH Team. The Maternal Health Advisor will represent the project, closely liaise with, and provide technical support to the MOHFW and other stakeholders (e.g. Professional Societies, development partners etc.) on matters pertaining to maternal health policies, strategies, innovations and evidence-based interventions.

More specifically the advisor will:

  • Help facilitate the development of National Maternal Health Action Plan that will operationalize the National Maternal Health Strategy (2015-2030).This will include addressing the identified gaps, identifying priority indicators for tracking progress and incorporating the roles of various partners and stakeholders along with MH team.
  • Support the national review process of the current status of implementation of evidence-based maternal health interventions.
  • Participate in high level meetings of MOHFW to advocate for development, uptake, and scale up of new and existing policies
  • Provide technical leadership in national maternal health technical forums such as EOC Core Committee, NTC etc.
  • Coordinate with MNCAH, MCRAH, DGNM, CBHC (different OPs of MOHFW) to support development of the Comprehensive Maternal Health Care (CMHC) package.
  • Lead the development of CMHC package for different levels including review and provide feedback on the CMCP for union, upazila and district level facilities as well as for community health workers
  • Review and provide inputs on training modules, job aids, supervision/monitoring tools, communication materials, record-keeping and reporting guidelines; guidelines on management of commodities and logistics; facility readiness etc.
  • Submit activity reports on a monthly basis to the Program Director, MH & FP
  • Will work on a part time basis (20 hours) a week.
  • Travel to the MNCSP supported districts if necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Post graduate degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology (FCPS/ MS/ MCPS/ DGO). Advanced degree in public health focused on maternal health and or experience in behavioral/social sciences will be an added advantage.
  • 20-25 years of clinical experiences in Obstetrics and Gynecology with experiences in monitoring, supervision of Maternal Health and Family Planning program. Should be the Member of Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB).
  • Deep knowledge and familiarity with the MOHFW structure, staff and procedures. Should have demonstrated experiences in providing strategic guidance to MOHFW and OGSB in the areas of Maternal Health and Family Planning.
  • Experience with the Bangladesh healthcare system, particularly the public health system, and coordinating with the MOHFW, particularly with DGFP, DGHS, DGNM and CBHC
  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and Bangla.
  • Willingness to travel outside Dhaka to carry out scope of work as per program need.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019