Maternal/Neonatal Heath Technical Advisor

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University
Apply by 5 April 2018
Posted on 6 March 2018

Job Description


Jhpiego Benin is recruiting a Maternal-Neonatal Health Technical Advisor (MNH), who will provide leading practical and operational guidance for the implementation of an Integrated Health Services Program (IHS). The Technical Advisor will serve as an expert to develop and strengthen maternal health interventions. He / She will be part of a technical team of Jhpiego Benin and will work in collaboration with other senior managers. He / She will be supervised directly by the Technical Director of the IHS project. The Technical Advisor is responsible for guiding and supervising the technical and strategic activities of the maternal health program. This post is based in Cotonou with frequent trips within the country.



The MNH Technical Advisor will support the IHS project’s efforts to provide technical and administrative support in the various areas of maternal and newborn health, including basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care and / or complete with a focus on prevention and obstetric care, at the clinical level as well as at the community level.


  • Participates on behalf of Jhpiego in meetings at the Ministry of Health and among the various partners involved in the MNH.
  • Ensures the implementation of the MNH activities implemented by Jhpiego as part of the technical support provided to the Ministry of Health.
  • Acts as technical resources in MNH for Jhpiego / Benin and provides technical assistance in areas within its competencies
  • Supports the design, adaptation, editing and distribution of training materials or technical tools used for training. SMN activities.
  • Keeps up-to-date normative, policy and strategic documents in the various areas of SMN’s work including antenatal care, childbirth care, postnatal care, eTME, malaria during pregnancy, PPFP and SONU.
  • Conducts planning, organization of provider training activities and post-training follow-up with local resource persons trained by Jhpiego.
  • Identifies the needs of support, advice, supervision, monitoring and supervision of SMN activities in the intervention zones of Jhpiego in Benin.
  • Works closely with the project monitoring and evaluation team, regional coordinators and focal points at the Ministry of Health level to continuously monitor the reporting of NMS activities, analysis of local data to identify progress and the gaps.
  • Ensures that all sites supported by Jhpiego work in accordance with USAID’s regulatory standards and policies.
  • Reproduces the results of MNH interventions using the appropriate tools and submits a report including recommendations from meetings held for this purpose.
  • Continuously monitors the availability of human resources trained in integrated sites as well as MNH work and service management tools
  • Contributes to ensuring the clarity of the results of interventions, the supply of SMN services, lessons learned with Jhpiego employees, partners and subcontractors.
Required Qualifications
  • Medical degree of doctor, nurse or midwife
  • Master of Public Health or other relevant field
  • At least five years of high-level experience in the development and implementation of NMS programs
  • Clinical training in the field of NMS, specifically emergency obstetric and neonatal care (SONU) and malaria during pregnancy
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working on USAID-funded international NMS programs
  • Work experience in Benin
  • Very good knowledge of the computer tool (World, Excel, etc.)
  • Good knowledge of methods for improving the performance / quality of health programs
  • In-depth understanding of evidence-based interventions for NMS
  • Ability to develop friendly working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations
  • Excellent verbal, writing and oral presentation skills
  • Very good ability to monitor, report and value results
  • Ability to travel around 30 to 40% of time in all
  • Strong command of French and acceptable English communication skills.

About the Organization

Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.

Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.