Senior Advisor- Midwifery, New Delhi

Location IN
Posted Date 3 months ago(7/22/2021 4:04 PM)
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International Positions


Jhpiego is hiring for the position of Senior Advisor- Midwifery, based at New Delhi, India, with in-country travel. The position will support the Midwifery program by providing oversight for various technical and program-related activities in the country.


The position will provide oversight to Jhpiego’s efforts to introduce a professional cadre of midwife in India as well as provide professional midwifery perspective to a broader range on maternal new-born and reproductive health programs in the Jhpiego India portfolio.


In 2018, the Government of India (GoI) took a landmark policy decision to support the introduction of a new cadre of midwives (Nurse Practitioner in Midwifery, NPM) into the existing health system. These midwives would be trained to global standards through a cascade approach, developing midwife educators at National level institutes, who would then train graduate nurses at State level institutes to become midwives and provide midwifery-led care at various levels of the health system. Jhpiego is supporting GoI along with other agencies in the roll-out and implementation of the national program.   


Jhpiego is a nonprofit global health leader and Johns Hopkins University affiliate that is saving lives, improving health and transforming futures. We partner with governments, health experts and local communities to build the skills and systems that guarantee a healthier future for women and families. Jhpiego translates the best science and practice into moments of care that can mean the difference between life and death for women and families. The moment a woman gives birth; the moment a midwife helps a newborn to breath. Through our partnerships, we are revolutionizing health care for the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people.


In India, Jhpiego works across various states in close collaboration with national and state governments, providing technical assistance in the areas of family planning, maternal and child health, strengthening human resources for health, and non-communicable diseases. These programs are funded by USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), MSD for Mothers and others.


  • Provide overarching technical support to the implementation of midwifery educators training on par with global recommendations, of which the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) standards is one.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical midwifery and educational practices
  • Support and/or facilitate change within historical maternity care practices
  • Serve as role model for best practices in midwifery-led and woman-centered care
  • Provide technical support in the establishment of midwifery-led care across all program-supported sites. This includes supporting the establishment of midwifery-led care units (MLCUs) at identified facilities, inclusive of practice, quality improvement initiatives, protocols, procedures, financing and logistics.
  • Provide active support in the development of various teaching & learning resource materials such as a learning resource package for NPMs, tools, package for structured mentorship of NPM educators and other materials as required for the successful implementation of the program.
  • Provide oversight to the training of midwifery educators
  • and Nurse Practitioners Midwife (NPMs) trainees by faculty at National and State Training institutes.
  • Provide guidance to international and national faculty at National Midwifery Training Institutes to plan and facilitate midwifery education sessions, conduct audits, promote best practices in clinical education.
  • Undertake travel across States and periodic visits to National Midwifery Training Institutes (NMTIs) and State Midwifery Training Institutes (SMTIs) to ensure quality of training as per set standards and work with faculty to develop solutions to identified challenges.
  • Work with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Nursing Council (INC), various implementing partners, and other key stakeholders at various levels to ensure smooth implementation of the program.
  • Support the INC, SNC and Indian Government development of national and state regulation of midwifery education and practice.
  • Work with the project team to build and foster partnerships and advocate on behalf of Jhpiego with key government officials, faculty and heads of academic institutions, professional organizations, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the project team to develop, implement, monitor and report on project activities including work-plans, activities, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER)
  • Support documentation of program results in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals and publications
  • Identify and support the project team in disseminating best practices, capturing challenges and program learnings.
  • Stay abreast of emerging MNH evidence (midwifery-related and beyond), issues, activities and global trends and seek opportunities to incorporate within Jhpiego programming of midwifery.
  • Motivate and mentor project staff; support and build the capacity of field teams in implementation to achieve project goals.
  • Engage international, national and state nursing, midwifery and OBGYN professional associations in support of midwifery workforce development in India.



Required Qualifications

  • Midwife; An advanced degree in midwifery from an accredited/recognized institute, strongly preferred
  • Registration as a midwife in home country with anticipated ability to receive licensure with INC
  • 7+ years' global or regional experience with demonstrated technical competency in midwifery, particularly supporting midwifery education and practice; including the development of midwifery clinical settings and programs
  • International work experience as a midwife or midwife educator is desirable
  • Demonstrated leadership in supporting a Midwifery program at international/regional level/national level and/or strengthening midwifery in low- & middle-income countries.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop capacity in program and technical staff in the areas of midwifery, performance and quality improvement
  • Role model evidence-based Midwifery practice and values consistent with the philosophy of promoting normality in pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Role model best practices for midwifery education including implementation of blended learning approaches
  • Review existing job description and roles and responsibilities of midwives including their core competencies, Framework for Midwives, and other related policy documents;
  • Ability to review and advice on rules and regulations for midwifery practices and educational to ensure an enabling environment for midwives to practice
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts & stakeholders in other agencies and organizations in-country and globally
  • Demonstrate evidence of continual professional development
  • Awareness of, sensitivity to, and experience in working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural staff
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts & stakeholders in other agencies and organizations in-country and globally
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination
  • Proficient with competency-based education techniques and promoting student centered learning using a variety of learning and teaching methods
  • Proven leadership with ability to multitask
  • Physically fit and willingness to travel and work in India
  • Proficiency in computers - Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience developing and practicing within a Midwifery Led Care Unit


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