Sr. Technical Management Officer - Family Planning

Location US-DC
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/19/2021 11:49 AM)
Job ID
2021-4425
Category
US Based Positions

Overview

FP Sr. Technical Management Officer (Sr TMO) will combine a strong understanding of the FP technical landscape and actors with well-developed program management and USAID award administration skills to coordinate and advance the activities under our control and to provide effective support to country teams. The FP Sr TMO will also support coordination and effective collaboration with many if not all MCGL consortium partners as they engage in FP-related work or receive USAID/Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) funding.

 

 

USAID’s Momentum Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) award is a five-year USAID funded global award, that works in tandem with country governments and local nongovernmental organizations to provide targeted technical and capacity development assistance, and contribute to the global technical leadership and policy dialogue on improving measurable outcomes for maternal, reproductive, newborn and child health, and voluntary family planning (FP). The Family Planning team manages a large number of core-funded activities spanning countries across the globe, as well as provides guidance to field-funded programs that include FP-related interventions and results. The MCGL vision is for a future where national and local governments, local non-government and private organizations, and civil society including faith-based stakeholders commit to and achieve progress for their national and/or subnational FP programs to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and move along the S-curve for contraceptive prevalence, while upholding client voluntarism, women’s agency to make informed FP and contraceptive choices and decisions, and improved male engagement and couple communication, recognizing that women’s and couples’ needs for FP are diverse, evolve over the life course, and benefit from access to a broad range of methods, including women-controlled and discrete contraceptive methods, and methods with varied mechanisms of action and side effect profiles. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the FP Team Leader to develop MCGL FP/RH core workplans and coordinate planning, implementation, and reporting
  • Coordinate support to field-funded workplanning, implementation, and results documentation
  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with professionals at all levels of the MCGL program and Jhpiego as an organization, regardless of location, while exhibiting tact and diplomacy and striving to build consensus and collaborate to problem solve in a matrix organizational structure
  • Take leadership for supporting specifically assigned activities, country programs or initiatives, or for liaising with partners on their activities
  • Represent the FP team on the MCGL Country Support Team and provide technical guidance in areas of competency, liaising with other members of the team or consortium for areas requiring different expertise.
  • Provide support and guidance to Sr Program Coordinators, interns, and other members of the team, helping to achieve the FP team’s objectives and results
  • Estimate personnel and other resources needed for core-funded activity completion (e.g., financial material or equipment) and manage activities to meet plans, allocating time and resources effectively; keep track of and document plans, assignments, changes, and deliverables; plan for dependencies of one task on another; coordinate efforts with all affected parties, keeping them informed of progress and all relevant changes to project timelines; take necessary corrective action when projects go off track
  • Develop basic budget for workplanning; understand the importance of monitoring spending and collaborate with Finance team to ensure accurate and timely tracking of MCGL core FP expenditures; know the implications of staff level of effort on budgets and monitor this aspect across core-funded FP financial accounts, establishing strong systems for documenting budget allocation or re-allocation decisions; know general established policies and procedures related to financial payments and facilitate adherence to these as relevant
  • Ensure compliance with Jhpiego and JHU operational policies and regulations as well as US government legislative and policy requirements for FP programs
  • Develop or co-create with awardees memoranda of understanding (MOU), scopes of work (SOW) and milestone tables, or lists of job tasks for personnel (e.g., staff, vendors, sub-awardees, consultants) and support ongoing performance monitoring and management of those agreements and lists
  • Proactively identify and resolve technical assistance support needs (e.g., for programs or local partners)
  • Serve as chair or co-chair of at least one external facing community of practice (CoP), whereby MCGL and USAID global technical leadership is advanced; convene and facilitate steering committees for that CoP to produce the highest quality content for broader dissemination and discussion
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with colleagues and donors in country, regionally, or worldwide
  •  Encourage and foster the use of data for decision-making in FP work and programming, especially at country level with MCGL teams and local partners and subgrantees, as well as the utilization of available knowledge platforms, analytical tools, and knowledge resources available within the global FP community
  • Where applicable, create data visualizations and infographics to facilitate communication of FP related data and concepts
  • Work collaboratively with field technical, FP colleagues across the MCGL consortium to produce required concept notes describing novel intervention design and implementation, approaches to answering MCGL learning questions, or document the work accomplished, and ensure effective and timely program products, whether they are technical or program briefs and reports, learning products, graphics, charts, communication products, or manuscripts
  • Edit and/or write materials (e.g., reports, journal articles, technical briefs, training materials), ensuring technical accuracy, editorial consistency, clarity and appropriateness for the intended audience; collaborate with technical specialists and authors to create structure and form in the writing and editing; and tailor content to appropriate audience and purpose. Proofread finished documents for errors
  • Support dissemination of MCGL work in collaboration with the Communications team, but also by capturing opportunities through channels and events within the global FP community or adjacent technical areas (like gender or youth)
  • Facilitate pause and reflect and collaborative learning and adaptation activities using MCGL resources and guidance as applicable for activities within assigned scope
  • Encourage consistent use of knowledge sharing platforms, both those internal to MCGL such as the SharePoint sites, or the cross-Momentum knowledge Hub, but also where applicable, the platforms for managing external facing communities of practice
  • As may be required, contribute to new business bids beyond MCGL duties (e.g., writing, technical design, red team review) and identify potential opportunities for new business and funding sources that complement Jhpiego's capacities

 

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in social sciences, public health, international health, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in project management, with credentialing for example with PMD Pro certification or PM @Jhpiego preferred
  • 7 years’ international development program management experience, with at least 3 years working specifically on FP programs or interventions
  • Prior experience working on USAID-funded awards, preferably at the global level.
  • Understanding of general financial controls for budgets, contracts, and procurements
  • Experience in relevant, field-based low- or middle-income country required, preferably in Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with all levels of staff, donors, host-country counterparts, and representatives from other key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to approach work in a methodical manner, plan and schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, keep track of details to ensure work is performed accurately and completely, and anticipate obstacles to project completion and develop contingency plans to address them
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural groups in a developing country environment
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Ability to work independently and possess excellent problem-solving skills and ability to thrive in an environment of changing deadlines and priorities
  • Comfortable with a team approach to programming and the ability to manage several major activities simultaneously
  • Strong decision-making skills and results-oriented approach
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, and ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference for proficiency in French as well as English; other languages such as Spanish or Portuguese, Bangla, a plus.
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Ability to travel 15-20%, particularly to low-resource countries

 

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