January 10, 2023

Job advert: Maternity Cover for Head of Team for the Global Safe Delivery+ programme

Maternity Foundation is looking for a maternity cover for Head of Team for the Global Safe Delivery+ programme, starting 01 May 2023, for 10 months. 

The position is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Travels are expected.

Maternity Foundation builds midwifery knowledge and skills among healthcare workers in low-resource areas. We do so by providing digital health solutions and innovative learning programmes. We use innovative digital health solutions and learning programmes to support healthcare workers with instant, competency-based learning and training and updated clinical guidelines. Our Safe Delivery+ programme encompasses a digital learning and training universe which aims to provide healthcare workers with the support, opportunities for continued learning and development, as well as access to critical guidelines and protocols – everything they need to support healthier pregnancies and safer deliveries for women and babies. The Safe Delivery App (the App) is our most recognizable solution. It is a smartphone application (free of charge) that provides healthcare workers and students with direct and instant access to internationally recognised and up-to-date clinical guidelines on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care and a selection of other essential preventive protocols. We have ongoing partnerships in over 15 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Our teams are based across three hubs – in India, Ethiopia, and Denmark.

 Job overview

The Head of Global Safe Delivery Programme is responsible for leading the Global Safe Delivery Programme team and is responsible for implementing Maternity Foundation’s global portfolio together with two regional leads in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (with the exception of.   India and Ethiopia country programs, where we have separate country leads).

The Global Safe Delivery Programme Team, under the leadership of Head of Team,  leads Maternity Foundation’s efforts on implementing key Strategic Objectives towards 2025. Hereunder, leading work with global and national partners to implement the Safe Delivery Programme in new geographies, embed it more deeply into national frameworks and ultimately reach more healthcare workers.

The role includes management responsibility for two positions – the Partner and Grants Coordinator (Asia) and the Partner and Grants Coordinator (Africa) and is directly responsible for Maternity Foundation’s growing activities, projects and partnerships in the Middle East and Latin America.

Reporting to the Programme Director, the Head of Global Safe Delivery Program  works closely with teams across the organisation, including the Clinical Team, the Insights Research and Learning Team, Business Development, HR, Finance, and Technology.


Overall responsibility for  implementation of Maternity Foundation’s projects and partnerships in Middle East and Latin America

  • Lead implementation of projects and manage relationships with partners in Middle East and LACRO
  • Work with Business Development on fundraising for programs and activities in the regions
  • Work with clinical team to include new clinical modules in global and country versions of Safe Delivery App
  • Explore new potential partnerships and opportunities to implement Spanish and Arabic versions of Safe Delivery App in both regions
  • Overall responsibility for project reporting and compliance

Day-to-day management of Safe Delivery Global Programme Team 

  • Provide direct line management support to Partner and Grants Coordinator (Asia) and Partner and Grants Coordinator (Africa)
  • Overall oversight of projects in Asia and Africa, including successful delivery of contractual deliverables in line with budget and contractual compliance

MF’s organizational development and strategy support

  • Actively participate in the annual strategy update process and take ownership of strategic priorities, targets, and work plans within the Global Safe Delivery Programme Team
  • Actively participate in organisational development discussions to ensure a strong and cohesive organisational culture
  • Lead/contribute to development of technical position statements/knowledge sharing activities relating to SRHR and other related topics within MF as needed
  • Participate in Extended Management Team meetings

Development of funding proposals, new business opportunities.  

  • Provide technical input into development of funding proposals
  • Participate in external meetings representing MF with potential partners / donors as required

About you

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in public health, international development, project management, business administration, or similar studies relevant to the post
  • At least 5 years of project management and stakeholder engagement experience with an international NGO
  • Demonstrated interest in global, maternal and/or digital health
  • Fluency in English is required, additional languages (e.g. Spanish, French) would be seen as an asset
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Management experience is desirable
  • Willingness to travel

We offer
Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark.

Start date: 01 May 2023
Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with Maternity Foundations Terms of Employment

Application process
All applicants must share a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English.
Applications MUST be sent to: application@maternity.dk
Deadline for applications: 10 February 2023

For additional information please reach out to: Programme Director, Helena Lassen, helena@maternity.dk

Maternity Foundation as an employer
By working in Maternity Foundation, you will be joining a global team of over 30 employees with active partnerships in over 15 countries. We pride ourselves in our ability to work in an agile and collaborative way as one, global organisation. We have an open and non-hierarchical culture where everyone’s voice is heard. On-the-job development and coaching is at the core of our approach to professional development, and we share an entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude.

Providing equal opportunities
We value equal opportunity and encourage candidates regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, disability, or age to apply.