Sr. Advisor, Maternal Newborn Health

Location US-MD-Baltimore
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/6/2021 6:16 PM)
Job ID
US Based Positions


Jhpiego’s Maternal and Newborn Health team sits within the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent (RMNCAH)division within TLI. The MNH team is a diverse group of clinical and program experts with deep experience in technical leadership and collaborative health system support in low-, middle-, and high-income countries across five continents, including fragile and conflict areas. Our team values and prioritizes collaboration with our field-based colleagues and local stakeholders, recognizing the critical importance of health system factors and quality of care in the success of interventions and sustained improvements. We are actively engaged in a wide range of global technical leadership and implementation research activities across the continuum of care.  


Jhpiego is seeking a Senior Maternal Newborn Health (MNH) Advisor to provide leadership, expertise, and high level technical and program support in the areas of maternal and newborn health, with a wide range of potential activities, including support for MNH service delivery continuity; translation of global guidance into recommended health system actions; and critical review of current evidence and corresponding gaps in policy, guidelines, and action at country level.


The Senior MNH Advisor will ensure excellence across a portfolio of projects, mentor, and/or supervise technical staff, execute activities, and oversee progress of MNH priorities.  This position will provide leadership to grow Jhpiego’s MNH portfolio, develop strategic partnerships and provide expert guidance and support in the development and implementation of global and country programs, ensuring opportunities to address health system strengthening, performance and quality improvement, and in-service training/pre-service education needs are considered. The Senior MNH Advisor will work in close collaboration with other teams and advisors including family planning, quality improvement, innovations, health systems strengthening, gender, and adolescent and youth health. This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of Jhpiego’s MNH programs at the country level and in collaboration with partners, lead the design of clinical service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence. he Senior Advisor will also review incoming aggregate program data and work with country program staff to revise technical and programmatic approaches as needed, based on review of data, to meet program and organizational goals.


  • Alongside the MNH Director, drive the implementation of the vision and strategic plan for MNH activities within Jhpiego
  • Lead the conceptualization and development of approaches and interventions related to the plan
  • Seek opportunities to integrate MNH priorities across the organization and work with Jhpiego country colleagues to operationalize strategic objectives and activities in different country settings
  • Build technical capacity for MNH within Jhpiego and coach and mentor staff and local partners accordingly, including developing and implementing annual training plans, learning activities, and materials to support capacity building
  • Contribute to staff orientation and MNH technical updates to ensure staff possess familiarity with MNH technical content and approaches
  • Provide senior level, high quality technical assistance to country programs by facilitating and implementing activities, supporting country programs with strategic program guidance, staff training, and capacity building
  • Lead the development of evidence-based, methodologically-sound clinical training materials and standards, mentoring systems, and other materials needed for program implementation
  • Ensure that the programs that are assisted are technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the priorities and needs of the countries and donors
  • Provide leadership and support for ensuring quality technical approaches are implemented in county programs by working closely with program staff to provide inputs into country workplans and reports and to review program data and results to inform decision-making and technical strategies
  • Assess and analyze clinical service delivery issues that impede access to care, and the development and testing of appropriate strategies for long-term, sustainable resolution
  • Lead the development of MNH innovations and new products and approaches in MNH including essential and basic and/or comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care, advancement of program efforts to strengthen MNH service delivery platforms, and quality improvement strategies to support MNH care, and other areas
  • Lead the design of implementation research that may promote new initiatives and innovations for future adoption, i.e., in the area of MNH integration
  • Develop strategic partnerships and relationships to grow Jhpiego’s MNH portfolio and maximize programmatic impact
  • Represent Jhpiego to donors, partners (including WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, FIGO, and ICM), and other external stakeholders
  • Lead MNH business development activities including identifying and supporting new opportunities, leading the technical design of new projects, and writing and reviewing new proposals
  • Provide leadership for building Jhpiego’s reputation as a global leader in MNH by serving as an expert on relevant MNH global technical working groups and by representing Jhpiego in external fora including international conferences and meetings, supporting field staff to present and disseminate learning from country implementation, and contributing to the development of peer-reviewed publications
  • Lead MNH knowledge management activities by ensuring knowledge sharing and best practices are shared with staff globally, and that existing knowledge is leveraged in planning, decision-making, and providing technical assistance
  • Provide support to the realization of external communication priorities including supporting the development of success stories, blogs, and other program and technical related communication materials that demonstrate Jhpiego’s technical expertise, results, and programming excellence
  • Contribute to increasing depth and strength of Jhpiego’s technical capacity in areas of strategic technical expertise, by identifying consultants and potential new staff worldwide, including conducting training and providing technical assistance and mentoring as required
  • Motivate and mentor assigned staff and consultants


Required Qualifications

  • Nurse, midwife, or physician with MPH or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years' technical experience (12+ years strongly preferred) implementing and/or managing international field-based MNH programs
  • Proven leadership skills and expertise in strategic program planning, implementation and management
  • Proven technical experience in the design, implementation, or measurement of MNH programs
  • Proven collaborator with ability to see and create connections across vertical health areas, as well as across functional areas
  • Excellent understanding of the donor landscape for funding opportunities.
  • Proven ability and experience developing productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations worldwide
  • Results oriented with strong change management and decision-making skills
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills, including strong technical writing skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and in challenging less resourced settings
  • Proven ability to work in a complex, fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with multiple tasks and short deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out
  • Entrepreneurial and results-oriented mindset, comfortable with uncertainty, willing to take calculated risks, and proven ability to deliver results
  • Ability to coach and develop technical capacity in regional and national programs and technical staff in the areas maternal and newborn health, performance, and quality improvement
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Lived and worked in one or more low- or middle-income countries
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally up to 30% of time
  • Fluency in French, Portuguese, Arabic, and/or Spanish preferred



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