Advisor, Maternal Newborn Health

Location US-MD-Baltimore
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/9/2021 11:04 AM)
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 Maternal Newborn Health (MNH) Advisor to provide 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 MNH Advisor will provide support and guidance in the development and implementation of global and country programs, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as health system strengthening, performance and quality improvement, and in-service training/pre-service education.  This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of Jhpiego’s MNH programs at the country level and in collaboration with partners, support the design of clinical service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence. The MNH Advisor will engage with cross cutting teams and program elements including family planning, quality improvement, innovations, health systems strengthening, community, and gender, and adolescent and youth health. The 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.



  • Provide quality technical assistance to country programs by facilitating and implementing activities, supporting country programs with strategic program guidance, staff training, and capacity building
  • Contribute to 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 input to and ensure 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 
  • Coordinate the assessment and analysis of clinical service delivery issues that impede access to care, and the development and testing of appropriate strategies for long-term, sustainable resolution
  • Support MNH innovations and the development of 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. Coordinate the design of implementation research that may promote new initiatives and innovations for future adoption, i.e. in the area of MNH integration 
  • Represent Jhpiego to donors, partners (including WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, FIGO and ICM), and other external stakeholders
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with counterparts and donors to maximize Jhpiego’s impact
  • Engage in the business development/proposal process by identifying and supporting new opportunities and by contributing to the technical design, writing, and review of new proposals 
  • Contribute to building Jhpiego’s reputation as a global leader in MNH by representing Jhpiego in external fora including international conferences and meetings, participating in opportunities to present and disseminate learning from country implementation, and contributing to the development of peer-reviewed publications 
  • Actively participate in 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
  • Support the documentation of program results in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals and publications
  • 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
  • 5+ years' technical experience implementing and/or managing international field-based MNH programs
  • Strong clinical background and experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in the strategic design and implementation of capacity building programs for improving service delivery and/or human and organizational performance
  • Ability develop technical capacity in regional and national programs and technical staff in the areas maternal and newborn health, performance, and quality improvement
  • Awareness of, sensitivity to, and experience in working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural staff and groups
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations worldwide
  • Proven leadership and management skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Lived and worked in one or more low- or middle-income countries
  • Fluency in French, Portuguese, Arabic, and/or Spanish preferred



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