Program Specialist

Full Time


Closing Date: 10 February, 2023
About IHAT:

India Health Action Trust (IHAT) works towards reducing inequities by developing comprehensive and sustainable programs to improve population health. IHAT works closely with the Government of India and state governments to achieve public health goals. IHAT’s work is focused in areas of prevention and control of HIV and Tuberculosis, in achieving significant improvements in Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, improved Nutrition among mothers and children, and strengthening health systems. IHAT’s work is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

IHAT has set up multiple Technical Support Units (TSU) with the Governments of Uttar Pradesh, and an Innovation Hub in Madhya Pradesh to provide techno-managerial assistance and coordinate with the Governments, Non-Government Agencies, Academic Institutions and Communities.

About Program:

The Madhya Pradesh Innovation Hub (MPIH) was instituted in 2019 pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between National Health Mission, Government of Madhya Pradesh (NHM MP) and India Health Action Trust (IHAT). The hub identifies health challenges and designs interventions to improve population health outcomes in the state pertaining to Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), Tuberculosis, HIV / AIDS, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) and health system strengthening.

The innovation hub activities are based on program science framework that uses adaptive responses to enable public health programs to continuously and systematically examine processes, outputs and outcomes, explore areas that required further understanding, implement and evaluate new interventions and then use the knowledge gained to further re-design and develop programs and/or conduct further embedded research. The hub works closely with the Government of Madhya Pradesh to identify public health priorities in the state and provides research support in answering questions emerging from the field in relation to identified priorities. It supports the government in testing novel ideas and interventions while also supporting and translating global and national best practices into action-plans for the state. The hub plays the role of a facilitator for implementing public health interventions at scale in the state.

Reporting to:

State Program Lead, MP Innovation Hub or a designated person

Travel Requirements:

40 – 50% travel is expected

Job Summary :

The Program Specialist will be responsible for program management support, including monitoring, supportive supervision and capacity building in the areas of Maternal, Newborn, Child Health (MNCH) & Health System Strengthening (HSS) in coordination with National Health Mission (NHM) & Directorate of Health Services (DHS) of GoMP. He/She will be responsible for working closely with the state, district & block teams to identify and plug critical gaps in availability, quality and utilization of MNCH services.

Key Responsibilities:

Project Management:

  • Work with field teams, government, and other development partners to ensure that the programming is evidence-based, results-focused, and captures and uses best practices.
  • Develop strategies to mobilize the beneficiaries to access services and communities to develop ownership for public health goals.
  • Periodically conduct situation needs assessment and help the Frontline workers to achieve milestones as per the cascade in the continuum of care (MNCH). Adapt as needed for different local contexts and set up good systems for planning, outreach and capacity building.
  • Coordinate with other specialists including Knowledge Management, Public Health, M&E and the State Program Lead to ensure that thematic needs of the beneficiaries are met. Ensure that technical support in a timely manner.
  • Provide hands on support to capture MIS and utilize the information at different levels. Develop internal monitoring systems so that the programme can be monitored at multiple levels. Review the quarterly/ annual reports and share their recommendations

Technical Expertise

  • Facilitating research/ assessment in the district(s). Assessments would include mapping, situation needs assessment, community and facility surveys, etc. Expected to take up small field level research on issues that need more understanding or answers. This research would involve beneficiaries and frontline workers.
  • Identify and document Good Practices in a variety of areas. These best practices will be continuously compiled and shared across.
  • Good understanding of health care systems with knowledge of Madhya Pradesh context at community level.

 Program Monitoring

  • Establish/strengthen processes to collect and analyze program data to monitor program progress; validate data and identify areas for strengthening
  • Perform desk review based on the program data and government data systems.
  • Participate in monthly reviews of the district team(s); review program indicators; ensure adherence to program plan; support district teams to overcome challenges where necessary
  • Conduct field visits to facilities and communities to monitor the work of various district staff members; provide mentoring to plug gaps, if any.
  • Build capacity of Front Line workers to monitor the progress and ensure that all requisite documentation is being completed.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience implementing/managing MNCH/Health System Strengthening projects in EAG states of India
  • Preferred: Previous exposure of working with government will be given preference.

Post graduate degree in Health Management/Public Health / Community Medicine.

Key Competencies:
  • Excellent written skills in Hindi/English, in specific use of Government language.
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural, teamwork skills and ability to foresee issues and initiate appropriate action.
  • Must be flexible and able to work in a challenging environment.
  • Advance knowledge in computer skills specially the use of MS office tools.
How To Apply :

Interested candidates should visit page to submit their application. Only a complete application submitted through the online portal before the closing date will be considered.

IHAT provides a safe working environment for all its employees; follows the principle of equal opportunity and encourages women applicants. Physically challenged with required skills /knowledge and willing to travel are also encouraged to apply.

We will be following a systematic selection process to fill this position based on experience, competency and suitability. Shortlisting for the posts will take place soon after the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. Unfortunately, we are able to contact only those applicants who have been shortlisted for the interview. If you have not heard from us within a week of the closing date, please assume that the current IHAT positions are unable to accommodate you at the moment. It is also not possible for us to provide you with specific feedback because of the volume of applications we receive.

IHAT does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing, or other fees in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it.

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