Job at Jhpiego (Tanzania) for a Technical Advisor - Pre-Service Education

Job ID 2016-2428
Location Tanzania
Posted Date 3/8/2016
Category: International Positions
Technical Advisor for pre-service education will provide strategic and programmatic leadership to facilitate the quality improvement of evidence and competency-based education for nurse-midwives.  This position will be based in Mwanza, Tanzania

Program Overview

With the ultimate goal to improve the health and well-being of women and children in the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania, The Canadian Government (DFATD)-funded More and Better Midwives for Rural Tanzania (MBM-RTz) initiative will make significant contributions to ensuring that women and children in these areas have greater access to skilled midwifery care now and in the future. From 2016-2021, Jhpiego and its partners, Amref Health Africa in Canada (Amref) and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM), will support the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (henceforth referred to as MOH) to fulfill national priorities for maternal and newborn survival and address inadequate numbers and inequitable distribution of human resources of health for midwifery care.
  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in pre-service education for nurse-midwives
  • Develop new/Review evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems and other training materials needed for implementation of MBM-RTz to meet the needs of DFATD and the Government of Tanzania
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
    • Reproductive health and family planning
    • Maternal health, including basic emergency obstetric care
    • Newborn health, including essential newborn care
    • Child health
    • Infection prevention and control
  • Provide “training of trainers” 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
  • 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
  • Lead the formulation of approaches for scale up of pre-service education and training for nurse-midwives
  • Actively participate in all Technical Advisory Group Meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences, as well as technical working groups
  • Analyze potential pre-service education strategies within the context of the MBM-RTz 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 strategies to address pre-service education gaps
  • Identify clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Formulate and test sustainable solutions to training gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement in pre-service education
  • Advocate with national, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving education outcomes in pre-service education and health outcomes in RMNCH
  • Guide MOH, professional associations, other national stakeholders in the revision/development of evidenced-based standards for competency in RMNCH
  • Mobilize international level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that shape or effect local public policy or program design.
  • Lead the design of the professional development pathway for local health care providers
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the MOH and other US and international implementing partners, in order to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Conduct regular reporting to the Project Director, 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 pre-service education
  • Contribute to the development of business proposals, technical reports and publications as they relate to pre-service education
  • Author and co-author abstracts and presentations for journals and conference
  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the program and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested 
  • Supervise technical officers
  • Manage technical contributions of subgrantees, including providing scopes of work
  • Maintain excellent relationships with MOH, Human Resource Development Department, DFATD and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses to DFATD and MOH
  • Work with external consultants as required
  • Work closely with the Project Director 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 and support analyzing results related to pre-service education
  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and program monitoring, in close collaboration with MOH, Human Resource Development Department, and DFATD
  • Ensure timely implementation of all program inputs related to pre-service education, 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 DFATD, relevant MOH departments
  • Assist in the preparation of donor reports and project reports
  • Oversee 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

Required Qualifications:
  • Physician, Nurse or Midwife
  • MPH preferred
  • 7+ years’ experience in strengthening RMNCH service delivery or pre-service education
  • 5+ years’ experience in managing donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the Lake Zone
  • Qualification as a “master trainer”; experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to RMNCH
  • 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
  • Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in pre-service necessary for strengthening RMNCH service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • Experience with pre-service education
  • 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 Tanzania healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Tanzania preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in Swahili and English; working knowledge in local language is preferred but not essential
  • Strong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheets
  • Familiarity with DFATD or other foreign government donor 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 both English and Swahili
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time


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