Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
American College of Nurse Midwives: ACNM Consultant for NHTAP Afghanistan
Job Description Consultant Afghanistan: One-year contract (performance based) includes frequent travel to Kabul, Afghanistan
Language proficiencies preferred and highly sought: Farsi, Dari/ Pashtu
Reports to: Director Global Operations at ACNM Home Office
ACNM is now part of a consortium of organizations that have received a sub-award from Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to provide midwifery expertise to implement National Health Technical Assistance Program (NHTAP) in Afghanistan funded by USAID. ACNM will, under MSH’s overall leadership contribute to NHTAP’s Objective One, Improve the quality of primary and secondary health and nutrition services in targeted rural areas. ACNM will conduct start up, develop plans and strategies, collaborate with other partners, and begin year one activities in areas below and according to NHTAP Project Year One workplan (once approved):
Participate in high level platforms to share global best practices and advocate for QI and respectful care;
Provide technical expertise to key local entities such as the Afghan Medical Council (AMC), the Afghan Midwifery and Nursing Council (AMNC) and the Afghanistan Midwifery Association (AMA) or learning institutions engaged to strengthen the delivery of standard and respectful care
Provide guidance (including Targeted Support Teams (TSTs)) on improving core competencies, low cost training, mentoring, task-sharing or contributing to innovative approaches in quality care as needed (from perspective of public service provider NGOs, private sector providers and the MoPH).
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ACNM consultant will support objective one of NHTAP project and work closely with community health workers, community trainers as well as clinical capacity building teams in Afghanistan.
The position entails review and development of training packages that will be utilized in rural settings. The ACNM consultant will conduct interactive hands on clinical capacity building trainings with embedded components like Quality Improvement (QI) and respectful patient care. This includes effective communication skills, empathy and sympathy, bed side manners, maintaining confidentiality and other ethical practices. Topics for trainings include but are not limited to components of maternal and newborn health such antenatal care, pregnancy danger sign recognition, active management of labor, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage, maternal and neonatal sepsis, resuscitation of new-born, diarrhea and dehydration in children, pneumonia, malaria in pregnant mothers and children, child immunization, malnutrition and stunted growth in children.
The ACNM consultant will work with local teams to tailor all training packages. With COVID 19 pandemic, basic hygienic practices, social distancing, contact tracing and health education material will be integrated in all QI protocol and guidelines.
The ACNM consultant will support NHTAP project with multiple layers of interventions, from community health level activities to contributing into Ministry of Health (MOH) and national stakeholder platforms and meetings. They will provide technical expertise to key local entities such as the Afghan Medical Council (AMC), the Afghan Midwifery and Nursing Council (AMNC) and the Afghanistan Midwifery Association or learning institutions engaged to strengthen the delivery of standard and respectful care.
The ACNM consultant will provide guidance on strategy development, improving core competencies, low cost training, mentoring, task-sharing/shifting or contributing to innovative approaches in quality care as needed (from perspective of public service provider NGOs, private sector providers and the MOH).
Certified Nurse-Midwife or Certified Midwife
In depth understanding of global health issues around maternal and child health
Five or more years of clinical practice
Soft skills to include communication, cultural sensitivity, interpersonal skills and ability to lead in crisis and high-pressured environments
Work requires close coordination with diverse teams but direct report to ACNM national office
Commitment to comply with grants reporting requirements and reporting lines
Strong writing skills
data analysis skills (highly valued)
Ability to use virtual platforms, Microsoft word, excel and power point
The ACNM consultant need to understand approaches strengthening health systems and will work with MSH on supporting other program objectives indirectly including behavioral change communications, modifying health seeking behaviors and health services utilizing trends. All trainings will be developed using core clinical competencies combined with cross cutting themes for instance leadership, gender equity, communications for sustaining and leaving a long-lasting impression by NHTAP.
3 weeks desk review and 2-week travel to Kabul in late October includes:
Facilitation at NHTAP workshop/orientation in conjunction with US Professional Association Partners and local teams.
Development of presentation/workshop modular content for the following areas inclusive of reading and power-points, suggested working groups, role plays and classroom/ bedside simulation:
a. Interpersonal/ interprofessional communication
b. Techniques of facilitation using interactive training (simulations, case studies).
Post training follow up including roles and responsibilities of trainer and trainee, checklists, plan for follow up challenges and barriers guidance documents.
Targeted interface with the Afghan medical, nursing and midwifery professional associations