State Maternal Health Consultant

Last date of application
 24-Apr-22 23:59 HR
Job Description

State Maternal Health Consultant,
International Development Agency, Raipur, Chhattisgarh


1. POSITION(S) VACANT: State Maternal Health Consultant, International Development Agency, Raipur, Chhattisgarh


Our client is a respected, International Development Agency (IDA), that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development.



The maternal mortality ratio of Chhattisgarh has increased from 141/1 lakh live births to 159/1 lakh live births and is one among the highest in the country. The State could not achieve MDG goals for MMR and if the same trend of MMR continues then it’s difficult to achieve SDG goals. State Govt. has launched several interventions under RMNCH+A to achieve programmatic goals related to safe motherhood. Provision of Basic/ Comprehensive Emergency medical obstetric cares with the availability of skilled attendance at birth within easy reach of the population, complemented with the availability of emergency referral transport are some of the key strategic interventions to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality. With a focus on the improving health facilities and quality of care with respect being an important component of the strategy for reducing maternal deaths and complications, the state government is implementing LaQshya program in selected facilities of the state. Aspirational districts identified by GOI form a major focus along with the HWC for improving care where IDA support is being sought by the state government. Poor response to maternal health training programs, quality of training, post-training hands-on support, the slow pace of operationalization of FRUs, logistics management for the effective functioning of FRUs, effective functioning of district quality assurance committees and streamlining the system of maternal death audits, are some of the major problems for achieving the desired results.


Government of India has identified development partners for each state across the country who are committed to provide technical assistance to the state government to implement RMNCH+A strategy now focusing on the aspirational districts. IDA is a lead partner under RMNCH+A initiative for Chhattisgarh. IDA would support with a high-end technical consultant to support the state in implementing the various maternal health activities with focus on LaQshya, MDSR, HRPs, Midwifery, quality improvement initiatives, evidence-based planning & budgeting of NHM PIP- MH section with budget allocations for ADs. IDA as the State Lead Partner is expected to provide high-end technical assistance through a Senior Consultant to the State NHM and the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Chhattisgarh to monitor the progress in the state with special focus on aspirational districts and provide day to day technical assistance to initiate corrective actions and bridge the gaps. This specific support will aim at building capacity of the state and district health managers/supervisors to strengthen government maternal health programme in the state with more focus on the aspirational districts. The priority maternal health interventions for IDA which would be coordinated by the consultant with the NHM Chhattisgarh would be to monitor LaQshya certification of Labour Rooms, roll out of MDSR and Maternal near miss program, roll out Nurse-Practitioner Mid-wife (NPM) program, strengthening/ Operationalization of FRUs, monitor Performance based incentives for maternal health, strengthen Quality ANC along with high risk pregnancy identification and strategy to address home delivery pockets. 



Reporting to the Mission Director, NHM, Chhattisgarh, State MH Nodal (DD MH) at DH&FW Chhattisgarh and Health Specialist, IDA, Chhattisgarh. The State Maternal Health Consultant (SMHC) shall be a part of State RMNCH+A Unit at NHM to provide regular technical assistance to NHM and related departments for the overall planning, implementation, monitoring & supportive supervision of the maternal Health initiatives under RMNCH+A. Responsible to support in formulation of plans for roll out and scale up of new initiatives & regular monitoring to assess the quality of implementation of flagship and other programs related to maternal health.


Key Deliverables:

(1) Support to develop action plan for quality ANC with focus on high risk pregnancy identification and tracking and rationalizing delivery points and FRUs;
(2) Support for LaQshya Certification: Assessment, on-site mentoring and supportive supervision of identified delivery points in Aspirational districts of CG for LaQshya Certification;
(3) Develop strategies to address home deliveries in CG (Birth preparedness, Birth Waiting Homes, conditional cash transfer schemes, performance-based incentives);
(4) Support roll out, strengthening and streamlining of NPM program in the State;

(5) Strengthening of Maternal death surveillance and response process:
(a) Coordinate MDSR State Level Committee meeting and state level review of maternal Deaths;
(b) Facilitate regular reporting of all line listing of reported deaths from the districts to the state through mobile android technology;
(c) Initiate FBMDSR/ CBMDSR of all maternal deaths;
(d) Support in implementation of ASHA incentive for MDSR reporting;
(e) Support and guidance to Aspirational districts in conducting Maternal death reviews;

(6) Quality Assurance & Feasibility assessment of development of HDU & Obstetric ICU;

(7) Improve quality of VHSND session sites for maternal health delivery with special focus on ANC & PNC and strengthening coverage and quality of Antenatal care during VHSNDs and in health facilities;
(8) Need based planning in accordance with District Gap Analysis and Supportive Supervision data for incorporation in PIP;
(9) Support SPMU and maternal health cell for preparation of PIP for the year 2022-23;
(10) Technical assistance to the SPMU and SRU for development of Aspirational districts PIP and budget allocation through evidence-based planning;

(11) Rolling out of supportive supervision of all maternal health activities:
(a) Support SRU and state maternal health cell in development of SS plan for all maternal health activity;
(b) Undertake RMNCH+A supportive supervision using android based application/standard checklist;
(c) Support the RMNCH+A State Coordinator and the district RMNCH+A coordinators in planning the block monitoring visits as well as conducting regular reviews at the district and state level;

(12) Support to Maternal Health cell, NHM in implementation of activities approved in the RoP 2021-22 and 2022-23:

(a) Development of guidelines for specific activities;
(b) Support to maternal health cell in completion of activities in specific timeline;
(c) Monitoring of implementation of RoP activities at districts;

(13) Maternal Near Miss (MNM) Implementation:
(a) Rolling out MNM as new strategy in the state;
(b) Support in initiating Maternal Near Miss Investigations in selected medical college hospitals in CG;
(c) Follow up of Maternal Near Miss case presentation and reporting in the selected medial college;

(14) Establish and co-ordinate linkages with other related line departments (ICDS, DHS) as well as professional bodies, CSOs, etc.



(1) Applicant must have a Medical degree/ BDS/BHMS/BAMS/ Public Health or graduate in B.Pharma/ B.Sc. or M.Sc. Nursing;
(2) Post Graduate training in Paediatrics, OBGY or Community Medicine/ Public Health shall be desirable.

(1) Minimum five years or more field experience in Maternal Health program at district/ regional/ state level, with professional knowledge of Reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health is essential;
(2) Familiarity with theory and practical applications and essentials of maternal/ child survival;
(3) Experience in planning and management of Health sector/ RCH programs.

Skills and Competencies:
(1) Good negotiation and influencing skills supported by excellent communication skills;
High level of computer proficiency with specific familiarity with commonly used Windows 
and MS Office software and database software;
Excellent oral and written communication & presentation skills in English and Hindi;
Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong 
facilitation skills, ability to analyse reports, plan and monitor projects.

5. ESTIMATED TRAVEL: Approximately 5 days per month in any district in the state with focus on Aspirational districts.


The SMHC shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.


Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.

Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form. 


(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process;

(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided.


8. LOCATION: Raipur, Chhattisgarh

9. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2022, extendable thereafter, on the basis of performance and approval by IDA



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Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 



Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the by or before April 24, 2022.