Technical Director - Global Health Security

Posted Date 3 months ago(2/21/2024 8:54 AM)
Job ID
International Positions
Employment Status
Contingent Upon Award


Jhpiego seeks a Technical Director to provide vision, leadership, and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity for an upcoming USAID-funded Universal Health Care Project: Global Health Security Activity in the Philippines. The $35 million project aims to increase high-quality health care for vulnerable Filipinos and improve sustainable health outcomes that align with US Government, USAID, and Philippine government objectives. The project is expected to operate over a five-year period.

The Technical Director will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and with the 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 programmatic strategies and approaches based on scientific evidence and best practices. The post holder will also deputize for the Chief of Party (COP) in their absence.


This position is contingent upon award from USAID. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide leadership and strategic design and direction to ensure programmatic integrity and technical guidance to the project and local stakeholders, including in the following:
    • Event- and indicator-based surveillance design, implementation, and evaluation
    • Strengthening of laboratory systems at national and subnational levels
    • Capacity building for detection, and response of health emergencies and environmental threats
    • Coordination and collaboration for the successful implementation of the One Health approach
    • Design, development, or strengthening of data systems and digital solutions that support national and subnational emergency responses.
  • Ensure the project is technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the needs of national partners, stakeholders, and donor
  • Support implementation of activities/initiatives in alignment with global International Health Regulation (IHR) standards to advance Joint External Evaluation (JEE) scores
  • Ensure high-quality technical approaches, define measures of success for technical areas, and monitor country quality gaps and trends and recommend strategies to resolve them in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) of Philippines, and other national government agencies involved in One Health.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID and Government of the Philippines national government agencies, and their counterparts (at the regional, local government levels, etc.), and related departments (including those in the One Health space e.g. animal health/veterinary sciences, agriculture, environment, and biodiversity management); public health partners, member organizations and professional associations (public and private health care providers), and local civil society organizations, and local research institutions to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort;
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level, including with local partners in specific areas of expertise in at least one of the following areas: laboratory systems strengthening, surveillance systems, and/or emergency response in Philippines.
  • Ensure coordinated and quality provision of technical assistance to programs, including drawing upon global data and trends to identify strategic opportunities, identifying needed shifts in technical approaches and implementation and by identifying opportunities to fill critical knowledge gaps.  
  • Improve capacity of local government health authorities to conduct evidence-based and epidemiological analysis of local health systems for decision-making to inform strategic and programmatic direction;
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results;
  • Learn from other USAID GHS focus country programs (implemented by Jhpiego and other entities) and integrate learnings into the Philippines GHS activity, and develop a cadre of GHS champions and national technical experts;
  • Provide technical oversight to sub-partners to ensure they are able to deliver on project scope;
  • Mentor, supervise, and manage performance and provide timely feedback to technical and program staff;
  • Lead the preparation, and timely submission of quality project reports to the donor
  • Contribute to knowledge management, research and learning to advance GHS strategies and approaches globally;

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field such as infectious disease or tropical medicine; public health; applied or field epidemiology; animal health or veterinary sciences; environmental science; one health, health systems strengthening;
  • Minimum of 9 years of experience in a senior role managing large, complex, and integrated programs of similar scope, preferably in global health security in public and private facilities, local government institutions systems strengthening, developing, and capacitating local organizations in the Philippines and dollar value.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with government, donors, the private sector, various ministries, development partners, community organizations, research organizations, and academic institutions to advance health objectives.
  • Previous recent experience working in Philippines with intimate understanding of local healthcare system, government system, and gaps and opportunities in the above-mentioned technical areas, and preferably with established relationships with relevant Philippines stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary teams to achieve project results in a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Previous experience working on USAID-funded projects, matched with an in-depth knowledge of USAID regulations, compliance, and reporting requirements.
  • Experience working with sub-/grantees, local and international and knowledge of capacity development approaches for locally-led
  • Demonstrated experience in GHS preferred.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and ability to translate data into action and communicate results to wide ranging audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out.
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs
  • 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 and CSOs
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity of technical staff
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally

Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

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Applicants must submit a single document for upload to include: cover letter, resume, and references.

For further information about Jhpiego, visit our website at

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

Jhpiego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Jhpiego promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans.


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