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Reproductive Health/Family Planning Technical Advisor

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

The Family Planning Advisor will provide technical and program support in the areas of family planning, both postpartum and interval, as well as postabortion care, with an emphasis on high quality counseling, infection prevention, and support for frontline health workers, especially midwives. The FP Advisor will also actively seek integration of these technical areas with other MCSP components such as child health, nutrition and immunization. As such, the person in this position will engages and supports other MNCH elements including ANC, PNC, Maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN), integration of HIV, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, health systems strengthening, human capacity development and quality improvement. Responsibilities include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of MCSP’s global and country programs, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training/pre-service education, ensuring the technical and methodological soundness of MCSP family planning programs in the 24 priority countries and any other country that buys into MCSP and, in collaboration with MCSP partners, supporting the design of clinical service delivery strategies in MCSP’s technical areas, based on sound and current scientific evidence. The RH/FP Advisor will ensure that USG policies on FP and abortion services are followed in MCSP sites.

The Maternal and Child Survival Program, is a global U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths (EPMCD) within a generation. The Maternal and Child Survival Program supports programming in in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitation/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment. The Program engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society, faith-based organizations and communities in adopting and accelerating proven approaches to address the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality, and improve the quality of health services from household to hospital. The Program will tackle these issues through approaches that also focus on health systems strengthening, household and community mobilization, gender integration and eHealth, among others. The Maternal and Child Survival Program carries forward the momentum and lessons learned from the highly successful USAID funded and Jhpiego-led Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), which has made significant progress in improving the health of women and children in over 50 developing countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

\*Responsibilities:*****

  • Develop and maintain excellent relations with colleagues and donors worldwide
  • Provide technical leadership to increase access to, use and quality of services
  • Review or develop new products in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
  • Family planning, including the counseling and delivery of specific contraceptive methods
  • Specific to counseling, integrate client-friendly, focused counseling strategies, such as the Balanced Counseling Strategy Plus, into relevant products and approaches
  • Postpartum and postnatal care, including postpartum family planning
  • Pre-service education and quality improvement strategies to support long-acting and reversible contraception (LARC) provided by midwives
  • Health systems strengthening, professional development and quality improvement
  • 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
  • Coordinate the design of operational research that may promote new initiatives and innovations for future adoption, including expanding method choice, community engagement, task shifting, improved integration of family planning with other services, gender transformative programming and adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Assist in the assessment of MCSP’s clinical training needs and in the design and implementation of appropriate measures to address those needs
  • Coordinate the development of evidence-based, gender-appropriate clinical training materials and standards, supervisory systems, and other materials needed for implementation
  • 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
  • Ensure that the programs that are assisted are technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the countries and applicable donors
  • Identify and disseminate best practices and new technical strategies and approaches in areas of expertise
  • Provide technical guidance to MCSP staff and programs in areas of technical expertise
  • Support MCSP country programs with strategic program guidance, staff training, capacity building and materials development
  • As appropriate, provide technical input to country programs during the development of workplans and/or long-term strategies
  • Motivate and mentor other technical staff and consultants, particularly in the field
  • Keep MCSP and Jhpiego technical staff informed of successes, challenges, and lessons learned in implementing programs in areas of technical expertise
  • Represent Jhpiego and MCSP in global, regional, and national professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences
  • Collaborate with key RMNCH global partners such as WHO, UNFPA, the Gates Foundation, FIGO and ICM
  • Identify and recommend opportunities for scale up of technical programs worldwide
  • Identify and support new business development opportunities as appropriate
  • Advocate on behalf of Jhpiego with traditional and new partners
  • Provide technical and programmatic inputs to new proposals as needed
  • Participate as requested in final review of technical and programmatic portions of proposals
  • Support the documentation of MCSP’s program results in international conferences and peer-reviewed journals and publications
  • Contribute to MCSP staff orientation and updates in areas of technical expertise
  • Share with Jhpiego and MCHIP program and technical staff field experiences, lessons learned and challenges

Required Qualifications:

  • Physician, nurse or midwife, with MPH or equivalent
  • Strong clinical background and experience
  • 5+ years of mid- to senior-level demonstrated experience implementing and managing international field based FP programs
  • Commitment to benefits of contraception
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national programs and technical staff in the areas family planning, 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
  • Demonstrated experience in the strategic design and implementation of capacity building programs for improving service delivery and/or human and organizational performance
  • Proven leadership and management skills with the ability to multi task
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills (writing sample will be requested as part of application process)
  • Ability to adapt training materials for varying context and settings
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination
  • Fluent English language skills
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% internationally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lived and worked in one or more developing countries
  • Demonstrated flexibility in travel and assignments
  • Fluency in French, Portuguese, and/or Spanish

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  • Organization: Jhpiego - Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-10-31

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