The Midwifery Specialist will be located in the Bangladesh Country Office (CO) and reports to Chief of Health.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
A globally standard midwifery profession separate from nursing has been identified as a key component to address sexual and reproductive health issues in Bangladesh. UNFPA Bangladesh supports the Government of Bangladesh to develop the new professional cadre of midwives by strengthening midwifery education, regulation and association thus increasing availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of care in sexual and reproductive health.
The Midwifery Specialist will work in close collaboration with the National Midwifery Specialist, the Health Systems Specialist, SRH Specialist, the Maternal Health Specialist/Officer, other UNFPA Programme Officers, Ministry of Public Health and Family Welfare, the Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council, other UN Agencies, implementing partners and professional associations such as the Bangladesh Midwifery Society (BMS), and Bangladesh Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (OGSB).
While the Midwifery Specialist will be based at the UNFPA Office it is expected that she will carry out regular field visits to observe and collect evidence to inform UNFPA technical assistance in midwifery.
Qualifications and Experience:
Globally standard midwife with an Advanced university degree in Midwifery, Public Health, or Maternal Health.
Knowledge and Experience:
- 7 years of increasingly responsible professional and managerial experience in the field of midwifery and maternal health including at least 3 years in a developing country.
- Excellent knowledge of midwifery education, legislation and regulation, preferably in low resource settings, ideally in the region.
- Knowledge and work experience of sector-wide approach is preferred
- Prior experience of working in multi-stakeholder environment including NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies.
- Willing to travel to remote parts of the country to monitor implementation of projects
- Ability to use Microsoft Office applications
- Strong communication and writing skills in English.
- Initiative, strong conceptual and analytical abilities, sound judgment, liaison skills, negotiation skills, administrative and management skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills.
Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language an asset.
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