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Neonatal Nurse Educator Fellow, Global Health

Location: Ethiopia or Malawi

Newborn mortality is recognized as the unfinished agenda of global child survival initiatives over the past decades. In 2016, 2.6 million children died in their first month of life – about 7000 newborns every day and making up 46% of all deaths in children under the age of 5 globally. Over 90 percent of newborn deaths occur in Africa and Asia. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely. About 85% of neonatal deaths occurred in babies born too early and too small, babies with infections, or babies asphyxiated around the time of delivery.

Recognizing this, developing countries and the world are increasingly converging to strengthen neonatal health capability.  Skills and tools for essential care for every newborn as well as resuscitation remain very important but there is a need for strengthening the care of sick and small babies for improved outcomes overall improvements in newborn survival and long term wellbeing. A new and strengthened cadre of nurses needs to be recruited, offered specialized training on care for small and sick newborns, and provided with ongoing resources to enable them to give consistent high-quality care. As part of its existing and planned neonatal programs, Project HOPE is prioritizing collaboration with partners and governments in  selected developing countries where governments are already taking actions to reduce neonatal mortality and recognizing the need for nurses to be specially trained in special care of vulnerable newborns.

Project HOPE is looking to engage an experienced Neonatal Nurse Educator to advance its current plans to support the development of a neonatal nurse cadre in developing countries as part of its overall newborn health agenda. The position is expected to be based in Africa for optimal engagement of stakeholders and coordination of the region's program planning and implementation. 


  • Develop an advanced neonatal nurse education program for implementation in developing country settings based on evidence and standard of practice in collaboration with global training institutes and neonatal professional
  • Coordinate, to the above effect, the development of a post-baccalaureate (certificate or masters level) training curriculum.
  • Lead the process of further adaptation of training curriculum in each of the targeted countries.    
  • Closely coordinate with selected national committees (stakeholders) for each country government and professional body engagement, the development of training and implementation and country planning for specialized neonatal nursing.
  • Serve as a technical resource for Project HOPE, country teams and country counterparts in planning, initiating implementation as well as support the larger team fundraising efforts for the initiative.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited university required; doctoral degree in education and/or nursing practice
    and a focus on neonatal health preferred.
  • Certification as a nurse educator, with specific knowledge/experience in the area of newborn health, required.
  • Minimum ten (10) years’ experience in the area of nurse education and/or clinical nursing practice required with preference for those with strong neonatal care education/clinical background.
  • Experience in global neonatal health issues and programs, required. 
  • Experience developing competency-based education curricula, required.
  • Fluent in English with excellent writing skills, required.  Familiarity with other written and spoken languages preferred. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse and multicultural teams.
  • Advocacy skills/ability to present “the case” and “inspire” support for the program by both governmental and global private sector entities and individuals targeted for funding the program as part of the HOPE team.
  • Willing and able to relocate and be based in an African country – Malawi or Ethiopia.
  • Ability to travel within the African region.