Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist: Jhpiego; Uganda

The Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP) Specialist will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the areas of malaria in pregnancy for a a new project funded by USAID Uganda Malaria Action Program for Districts Activity. 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.


  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in malaria in pregnancy at district level
  • 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 approach
  • Continue 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 women
  • Assist in sustaining and improving existing databases that monitor achievements in MIP at district and contribute to regional and national level achievements
  • Develop and implement a capacity building plan for local partners to apply MIP strategies for malaria prevention and treatment
  • Provide leadership in creating demand for antenatal care services and MIP services through community approaches targeting pregnant women
  • Guide the integration of MIP services with maternal, newborn and child health, FP/RH, HIV and TB, and nutrition
  • Ensure 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 Uganda
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in MIP prevention and treatment
  • Lead “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 activities
  • Work with colleagues to develop a cadre of MIP champions who will facilitate links to other community-level health programs/services
  • 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 MIP services in districts, including accessing hard-to-reach populations and integration of services
  • Support 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 conferences
Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist: Jhpiego; Uganda