17 October 2016

Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist Non-profit Careers - Jhpiego

Job Title:       Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist
Organisation: Jhpiego
Project Name: USAID Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years in East and Southern Africa, Jhpiego has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. Jhpiego partners with organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy development, human resources for health and quality and performance improvement approaches.

About USAID MAPD Program:
The Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) is a five-year project funded by U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)/PMI. The project aims to prevent and control Malaria illnesses and deaths in order to minimize the social economic effects of the disease among the overall population of Uganda especially in children under-5 years of age. The program will operate over a five-year period in 43 districts in the Central (excluding Wakiso and Kampala), Mid-Western and West Nile regions.

Job Summary: The Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the areas of malaria in pregnancy for a a new project funded by USAID Uganda Malaria Action Program for Districts Activity. This Uganda PMI flagship program aims to centrally support the scale up of malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment within districts facilities in accordance with National Malaria Control Strategic Plan. Responsibilities include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of MIP activities at district facilities, promoting the uptake of intermittent prevention of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp), participating in district MIP technical advisory groups, and improving databases that monitor MIP achievements. This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in malaria in pregnancy at district level
·         Promote WHO’s new recommendations on intermittent prevention of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) uptake and guidelines, as a core component of the WHO three-pronged approach
·         Continue to support NMCP and District Health Management Teams to include male involvement in MIP to improve IPTp uptake. LLIN use and case management for pregnant women
·         Assist in sustaining and improving existing databases that monitor achievements in MIP at district and contribute to regional and national level achievements
·         Develop and implement a capacity building plan for local partners to apply MIP strategies for malaria prevention and treatment
·         Provide leadership in creating demand for antenatal care services and MIP services through community approaches targeting pregnant women
·         Guide the integration of MIP services with maternal, newborn and child health, FP/RH, HIV and TB, and nutrition
·         Ensure use of reviewed evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials for implementation of MIP in line with the needs of USAID and the Government of Uganda
·         Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in MIP prevention and treatment
·         Lead “train the trainer” sessions, site strengthening, in-service and/or pre-service education, follow-up and supportive supervision to project-supported health facilities, as required by program activities
·         Work closely with colleagues to develop a cadre of MIP champions who will facilitate links to other community-level health programs/services
·         Coordinate assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites as required by program activities
·         Take lead in the formulation of approaches for scale up of MIP services in districts, including accessing hard-to-reach populations and integration of services
·         Support the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) to revitalize and coordinate MIP technical working groups at national and district levels. Actively participate in MIP technical advisory group meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences
·         Analyze potential MIP strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staff
·         Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and program team members to identify clinical, community-based service delivery issues that impede access to care
·         Identify appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address MIP service delivery gaps
·         Identify clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
·         Formulate and test sustainable solutions to service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training/pre-service education
·         Advocate with national, regional, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving health outcomes in MIP
·         Guide DHMTs, professional associations, other district stakeholders in the use of evidenced-based standards for competency in MIP
·         Mobilize national level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that affect local public policy or program design
·         Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other implementing partners, in order to ensure that all activities conform to the national requirements and regulations
·         Carry out regular reporting to the senior malaria advisor, and program and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise
·         Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for MIP
·         Take lead in the development and submission of abstracts, papers and presentations to journals and conferences
·         Actively contribute to annual work planning and preparation of donor reports
·         Actively contribute to maintaining excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses to USAID/DC and Mission requests
·         Work closely with the Technical Team on setting program priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts.
·         Work closely with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to maternal, newborn and child health
·         Contribute to development of the project strategic plan, work plan, and program monitoring, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, USAID and other stakeholders
·         Ensure timely implementation of all program inputs related to maternal, newborn and child health, including planning and implementing assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites, in close coordination and collaboration with USAID, relevant ministries of health
·         Manage the data collection, analysis and development of conclusions and recommendations to further strengthen program implementation
·         Ensure availability of resources/facilitate the procurement of equipment and supplies required for project implementation
·         Coordinate and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the work of short-term consultants as required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The applicant for the Jhpiego Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist should hold a medical degree (doctor or nursing) or Master’s in Public Health
·         A minimum of seven years’ experience applying malaria in pregnancy programs;
·         At least five years’ experience in managing $10M per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the East and Southern Africa;
·         Qualification as a “master trainer”; experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to family planning/reproductive health
·         Previous experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels
·         Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, pre-service education, performance and quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation
·         Prior experience with a mix of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
·         The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community;
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of Ugandan healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Uganda preferred
·         Strong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheets
·         Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
·         Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
·         Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in the areas
·         Excellent written, presentation, communication and organizational skills in English
·         Excellent presentations skills in English
·         Ability to travel up to 50% time

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandans are encouraged to apply online by uploading an updated resume, cover letter and three professional references at the web link below.

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