Technical Advisor, Family Planning

Location US-MD-Baltimore
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/14/2022 8:55 AM)
Job ID
US Based Positions


Technical Advisor, Family Planning (FP) needed to serve as a multi-country point person for FP and integrated awards and to provide technical assistance and support on interval, postpartum, and post-abortion family planning to sponsored activities, programs, and publications. The FP Advisor will also support new business development, aligned with the FP unit’s strategy. As a member of the Family Planning Unit, the FP Advisor will sit within the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent (RMNCAH) division within TLI.  This includes working with global award and country program teams to ensure programs implement high-quality technical approaches to family planning that reflect best practices, represent Jhpiego externally to demonstrate Jhpiego’s technical capacity and program impact and will serve an important role in ensuring results, knowledge, and learning from Jhpiego’s programs are shared and used internally and externally. The strengths that the FP Technical Advisor will bring to the team will allow for support to any of the above technical sub-areas: implementation research design and protocol development, collaborative learning, adaptative management, social and behavior change, human centered design, instructional design, clinical service delivery, quality of care, policy and advocacy, family planning in context of strengthening health systems, primary or universal health coverage, family planning integrated into maternal health care (including postpartum and post-abortion care), private sector engagement, gender integration, adolescent-responsive services, or related functions critical to Jhpiego’s diverse portfolio of programs. In addition, the FP Advisor is expected to support robust monitoring and evaluation, business development, knowledge management, and materials development, and will respond to the Director, global award leads covering effort, and country staff requests. The FP team works collaboratively to provide top-notch technical assistance to global initiatives and country programs and to provide global leadership and innovations in family planning.


Jhpiego's Technical Leadership and Innovation (TLI) Office drives impact across Jhpiego's core areas of work in women's health (maternal and newborn health, reproductive health and family planning and women's cancer) infectious disease (HIV/AIDS, Malria, COVID-19  response/global health security), health systems strengthening, primary health care, immunization and safe surgery.  This dynamic team of technical leaders provides "best in class" technical leadership and support responsive to country needs and in pursuit of accelerated impact. 



  • Provide quality technical assistance in FP to a variety of programs by facilitating and implementing activities, contributing to the development of FP-related products and materials, and supporting the identification to advance the global FP strategy through integration and implementation of key technical interventions and activities into country programs and new awards
  • Ensure quality FP/RH technical approaches are implemented in county programs by working closely with program staff to provide inputs into country workplans and reports and to review program data and results to inform decision-making and technical strategies
  • Help ensure quality assurance for the technical team by participating in the development of global resources for technical interventions and routinely utilizing program data to identify program and country program quality issues and trends and recommend strategies to resolve them
  • Enable the development of others through mentoring, coaching so they can attain success, support capacity building, coaching and mentoring of staff and local partners by developing learning activities and materials to support capacity building in relevant FP topics
  • Contribute to staff orientation and technical updates to ensure staff possess excellent knowledge of technical area, global strategies and practices and approaches
  • Facilitate peer-learning between experienced professions in the field
  • Advance Jhpiego’s technical leadership reputation, drive at least one agenda and global organizational activity/strategy, serve on external advisory or working groups, represent Jhpiego in key global and regional technical meetings and committees, participate in the production of global guidance and reference documents, participate in external advisory or working groups and participate in the development of peer-reviewed publications for the unit
  • Organize and facilitate virtual learning events and convenings, making optimal use of appropriate technologies
  • Contribute to learning agendas of the FP unit or of global awards through eliciting key research questions aligned with global FP strategic priorities, and, if appropriate, in the design and implementation of implementation research, including development of protocols and research tools, co-facilitating training of study teams, the documentation of activities and results, and the writing of synthesis publications
  • Represent Jhpiego and relevant programs to donors, partners, and other external stakeholders
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with counterparts and donors to maximize Jhpiego’s impact. Provide technical input to new business development opportunities (e.g., writing, technical design leadership, subject matter expertise, red team review). 
  • Provide substantive technical inputs into the development of MOUs and SOWs for sub-awards, FAA recipients and consultants to ensure quality technical approaches across partners and consultants
  • Actively participate in knowledge management activities for technical area by ensuring the transfer of state-of-the-art knowledge, lessons learned and best practices are shared with staff globally, and that existing knowledge is leveraged in planning, decision-making and providing technical assistance. Identify and inform Director, FP team colleagues, field-based technical advisors and Country Directors of successes, challenges and lessons learned
  • Conduct and facilitate internal or interagency technical working group meetings and consultations with internal and external stakeholders, in relevant global leadership priority area assigned
  • Contribute to building Jhpiego’s reputation as a global leader in FP/RH by representing Jhpiego in external fora including international conferences and meetings, participating in opportunities to present and disseminate learning from country implementation, and contributing to the development of peer-reviewed publications
  • Provide support to the realization of external communication priorities including supporting the development of success stories, blogs and other program and technical related communication materials that demonstrate Jhpiego’s technical expertise, results and programming excellence


Required Qualifications

  • Proficient French language skills
  • Advanced degree in public health, nursing, midwifery, behavioral science, health administration, public administration, or related degree
  • 5 years of progressively responsible technical experience in family planning/reproductive health programs
  • Specialty area within FP/RH programming in one (or more) of the following areas: social and behavior change, human centered design, implementation research, FP Integration, private sector engagement, gender, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, policy and advocacy, instructional design, data analytics, data visualization
  • Experience supervising staff preferred
  • Experience with USAID-funded reproductive health programs preferred
  • Experience with proposal writing and new business development
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills
  • Experience with conducting implementation research
  • Field oriented and comfortable with a team approach
  • Comprehensive understanding of current global health funding priorities and players
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to travel independently in new environments
  • Appreciates socio-cultural differences in countries
  • Ability to work in complex environments charged with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Aware of and sensitive to working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural groups in a developing country environment
  • Experience working or living in low or middle income country preferred



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