Jennifer Iden is Montrose’s Family Planning Specialist for the DFID-funded Health Pooled Fund (HPF3) in South Sudan. She currently provides technical support to implementing partners on creating demand for family planning services and conducting training and mentorship on various modern family planning methods. This enhances the skills of service providers and reduces risk of unwanted pregnancies and resulting maternal mortality rates. She also ensures proper coordination and prepositioning of family planning commodities in various states of South Sudan.
She is a results-oriented public health professional experienced in situation analysis, health assessments, programme management and implementation. She has vast experience in sexual reproductive health, maternal/child health, nutrition and primary care service, sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) programming and implementation for both key and general populations.
She has led various health promotion activities, including leading the integration of Ebola Viral Disease messaging in Western Equatorial State in South Sudan following the Ebola outbreak in DRC, and advocating for key population health rights at higher and grass roots levels. Jennifer successfully led the integration of HIV and AIDS services for 20,000 people affected by SGBV. She also led the screening in community HIV and AIDS programmes in South Sudan aimed at reducing new HIV infections related to SGBV and provided oversight to the creation and updating of GBV referral pathways and training of trainers for sexual and reproductive health. Her motivation statement is: “Sexual assault should not result in HIV infection.”
Her social work and experience has enabled effective practical learning and sustainability. She possesses strong management skills, advocacy and formulation of health policies. She has developed and maintained effective work relationships with partners, regional counterparts, NGOs and multilateral organisations. Jennifer has extensive experience working in insecure and inaccessible settings.