Saturday, August 2, 2014

Maternal Health Coordinator - Pathfinder International (Apply by: 8 Aug'14)


Position Title:    Maternal Health Coordinator 
Office Location:   Kanpur

Supervisor Title:   State Project Manager


Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health.
We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, ensure availability of safe abortion services and post-abortion care, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Program Overview

Pathfinder began working in India in the 1950s and expanded family planning services throughout the 1970s. Currently Pathfinder is implementing reproductive health and family planning projects in the states of Bihar and Rajasthan; maternal and newborn health projects in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar and Odisha; and HIV and AIDS work in Maharashtra. Pathfinder is in the process of establishing the India office as a registered local organization affiliated with Pathfinder International. Pathfinder’s strategy in India focuses on supporting the reproductive health and rights of underserved and vulnerable populations. Pathfinder supports the Government of India and its partners to increase demand for family planning, reproductive health, and maternal health services, while equipping and empowering health care providers and communities to better address adolescent health, maternal child health, unsafe abortion, and HIV and AIDS.

Project: The focus of the Project is to improve access to essential and emergency obstetric care services in select districts of Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat and Kannauj), through community and clinical approaches. The project proposes to foster collaboration between public and private sectors through the creation of a network of private providers and establishing referral mechanisms from and to the public sector as appropriate. The project entails capacity building, community awareness, quality assurance and strong advocacy.

Position Purpose

This position will be under the direct supervision of the State Project Manager and will include responsibility for liaisoning with public and private health facilities on appropriate referral and management of complications of childbirth.

Key Responsibilities
  • Document the profile of patients referred to tertiary hospitals in the project area, for complicated labor and birth
  • Assess service provision at public and private facilities for complicated labor
  • Follow-up of patients treated for complicated labor
  • Undertake training and mentoring of nursing staff on patient counseling
  • Undertake training and mentoring of support staff on equipment maintenance
  • Liaise between tertiary hospitals and peripheral hospitals/centers (private and public) for appropriate case referral and management of complicated labor
  • Undertake process documentation/case study of successful outcomes and challenging scenarios
  • Compile and support the MIS Officer in analysis of data regarding complicated labor in project facilities
  • Undertake visits to project supported public and private hospitals for supportive supervision
  • Coordinate with the Communication and Documentation Officer , editors and printers for publication of documents
Basic Requirements

Professional Qualifications and Experience
  • Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in Nursing; Bachelors or Master’s degree in Social Work; or any equivalent discipline with minimum 3 years of relevant work experience
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in maternal health and family planning
Professional & Personal Competencies
  • Excellent liaising and communication skills
  • A team player with good interpersonal skills.
  • Training and mentoring of health workers’ skills and experience
  • Experience working in and appreciation of both private and public sectors
  • Experience working with underserved women and communities and the needed compassion for promoting their health
  • Language requirements: Fluency in Hindi with excellent verbal and writing skills; Working knowledge of English will be a valuable asset
  • Very good computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Office
  • Willing to travel extensively (8 – 10 days/month), in project intervention areas in Uttar Pradesh.
Application Procedure

  • Please submit your resume and cover letter by email  with subject line ‘Maternal Health Coordinator’.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Pathfinder International is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Last date for application: August 8, 2014

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