Technical Director

Location RW
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/7/2018 3:28 AM)
Job ID
2018-3080

Overview

The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of maternal, reproductive, newborn, child health, family planning and malaria to the upcoming USAID integrated health project. The Technical Director will provide technical assistance at the national, provincial, district, sub-district and facility levels. This large-scale integrated health project aims to reduce child and maternal mortality through improved utilization of quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, as well as family planning and malaria control and prevention services in Rwanda. The project will operate over a five-year period.

 

The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence

 

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Rwandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Rwanda
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to: reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and malaria
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service education, and supportive supervision
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and malaria health services
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
  • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify clinical, community and health systems issues that impede access to care and uptake of services
  • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and malaria service delivery gaps
  • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and malaria services to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and malaria services
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage technical team/staff
  • Manage technical contributions of subgrantees, including defining scopes of work
  • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with MOH, USAID and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award
  • Guide and contribute to technical reports to USAID and other stakeholders on lessons learned, challenges and successes

Required Qualifications

  • A Medical Degree (doctor or nursing), and Master of Public Health preferred
  • At least 10 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and/or malaria
  • At least 10 years for Technical Director years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of $5-10 million per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in Rwanda and East Africa
  • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning or malaria
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; in-service education; mentoring, performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and malaria necessary for strengthening reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, family planning and malaria service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Rwanda healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Rwanda preferred
  • Familiarity with USAID’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites

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