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Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) Specialist Kampala

Posted by USAID Jhpiego Private Central
  • Company: USAID Jhpiego
  • Experience: 5 - 10 yers
  • Studies: Bachelor
  • Category: Health - Nursing - Social Care
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary: Over 100.000 / month (USh)
About USAID PMI Program: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. 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. 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.Job Summary: The Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) Specialist will offer technical and program oversight and direction in the areas of malaria in pregnancy for up the upcoming USAID Uganda Malaria Action Program for Districts Activity.Key Duties and Responsibilities: Offer technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in malaria in pregnancy at district levelActively 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 approachContinue 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 womenAssist in sustaining and improving existing databases that monitor achievements in MIP at district and contribute to regional and national level achievementsDevelop and implement a capacity building plan for local partners to apply MIP strategies for malaria prevention and treatmentOffer leadership in creating demand for antenatal care services and MIP services through community approaches targeting pregnant womenGuide the integration of MIP services with maternal, newborn and child health, FP/RH, HIV and TB, and nutritionEnsure 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 UgandaOffer mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in MIP prevention and treatmentSteer the “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 activitiesWork with colleagues to develop a cadre of MIP champions who will facilitate links to other community-level health programs/servicesCoordinate assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites as required by program activitiesTake lead in the formulation of approaches for scale up of MIP services in districts, including accessing hard-to-reach populations and integration of servicesAssist 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 conferencesAnalyze potential MIP strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staffWork with health care providers, local authorities, community members and program team members to identify clinical, community-based service delivery issues that impede access to careIdentify appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address MIP service delivery gapsIdentify clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needsFormulate and test sustainable solutions to service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training/pre-service educationAdvocate with national, regional, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving health outcomes in MIPGuide DHMTs, professional associations, other district stakeholders in the use of evidenced-based standards for competency in MIPMobilize national level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that  affect local public policy or program designCollaborate 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 regulationsConduct 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 expertiseDocument and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for MIPLead in development and submission of abstracts, papers and presentations to  journals and conferencesContribute to annual work planning and preparation of donor reportsContribute to maintaining excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses to USAID/DC and Mission requestsWork closely with the Technical Team on setting program priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts.Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to maternal, newborn and child healthSignificantly contribute to development of the project strategic plan, work plan, and program monitoring, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, USAID and other stakeholdersEnsure 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 healthManage the data collection, analysis and development of conclusions and recommendations to further strengthen program implementationEnsure availability of resources/facilitate the procurement of equipment and supplies required for project implementationCoordinate and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the work of short-term consultants as requiredQualifications, Skills and Experience: The applicant should preferably hold a good medical degree (doctor or nursing) or Master’s in Public HealthA minimum of seven years’ experience applying malaria in pregnancy programs;At least 5 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;Qualifications as a “master trainer”; experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to family planning/reproductive healthPast experience building capacity at individual and organizational levelsSkill 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 evaluationSignificant experience with a mix of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-levelPossess 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;Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Ugandan healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Uganda preferredStrong oral and written communication and presentations skills in EnglishStrong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheetsGood knowledge and understanding of USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systemsExcellent track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team workAbility to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in the areasExcellent written, presentation, communication and organizational skills in EnglishAbility to travel up to 50% timeUgandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply
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