Sr. Technical Advisor

Posted Date 1 month ago(4/12/2024 10:08 AM)
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The Sr. Technical Advisor will provide technical expertise in Immunization to ensure delivery of high-quality technical approaches to support Jhpiego’s global and country immunization portfolio. This may include new vaccine introductions, life-course vaccines in infancy, adolescence and adulthood, innovations in campaign and routine approaches to immunization service delivery, and community engagement to promote vaccine uptake. Technical themes will emphasize life-course vaccines from the new-born period onwards, including adolescence, pregnancy and adulthood; integration with other primary health care, and prevention of specific infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV), measles, rubella, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19, hepatitis B, malaria and tuberculosis.


The Sr. Technical Advisor will lead or support specific areas within this portfolio, as designated by the Technical Director, Immunization. They will work with Jhpiego’s global and country project teams, to institutionalize good practice, ensure high quality implementation of projects, and develop and apply innovations. They will support Jhpiego’s global positioning and reputation in immunization by representing the organization externally and will support the development of new strategic partnerships. Within their designated specialties, the Sr. Technical Advisor will mentor, build capacity, identify learning, design technical approaches for new business opportunities and will lead the development and implementation of workplan priorities.  


Technical Assistance & Quality Programming

  • Provides senior level, high-quality technical assistance by combining industry knowledge and best practices with strategic program expertise, guidance and advice for country programs. This may include:
    • Draft or review, in consultation with other Jhpiego staff, workplans, evaluation reports, and similar documents to support new and existing Jhpiego immunization programs
    • Develop, in consultation with other Advisors, evidence reviews, technical briefs, policy briefs, and guidance documents to support global and country immunization initiatives
    • Support in coordination and day-to-day management of learning networks and other platforms for immunization.
    • Support the development and implementation of other maternal, newborn health technical and program content as delegated by the Technical Director, Immunization.
  • Contribute direct technical advice to country activities, under the direction of Jhpiego technical and program management teams:
    • Provide direct technical assistance to Jhpiego country programs and partners in developing, implementing and strengthening high impact interventions to achieve increased coverage, use, and quality of immunization programs; this includes participation in regular online and in-country meetings;
    • Provide technical support to review and update country level plans, protocols, job aids, formative assessments, and clinical guidelines.
    • Support country staff in developing training materials and capacity building efforts.
    • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results to inform adjustments in project implementation.
  • Ensures cohesive and integrated technical approach across project components to maximize impact.
  • Leads the development of new solutions to extend program reach and achieve program objectives.
  • Leads the development of guidance and learning resources as well as the lead for defining and testing new tools and innovations for accelerating achievement of results.
  • Assesses and analyses data and identifies trends. Addresses complex programmatic and technical challenges by working across project and partner staff to develop or adapt technical
  • interventions or approaches to accelerate progress.
  • Obtains buy in from donors, partners and government stakeholders to ensure programming and technical approach is responsive to needs and priorities

Technical Strategy Development, Implementation and Internal Capacity Development

  • Provides thought leadership for development of Jhpiego’s global technical strategy and approaches for technical area based on knowledge of donor trends, stakeholder needs, and priorities across the organization. 
  • Leads implementation of priorities identified in global technical strategy and workplan
  • Builds technical capacity within Jhpiego and coaches and mentors staff accordingly, including developing and implementing training plans, learning activities, and materials.

New Program Development

  • Supports business development activities including identifying and supporting new opportunities and leading the technical design of new projects with the new business development team.
  • Negotiates complex partner and stakeholder relationships to design high-quality and feasible technical approaches responsive to donor requirements and stakeholder needs.


Organizational Representation

  • Identifies opportunities to demonstrate Jhpiego’s technical excellence in external fora.
  • Positions the organization as an insightful thought leader through participation in external advisory or working groups, global meetings, events and international conferences. Specifically, this may include:
    • Collaborate with other international implementing partners such as USAID awards, Gavi, WHO, UNICEF and others, to ensure that activities are responsive to country needs and conform to the donor and government requirements.
    • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences.

Knowledge Management & Learning

  • Provides 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
  • Supports field staff to present and disseminate learning from country implementation, including successes and challenges
  • Assist the Technical Director, Immunization and other Advisors to design and carry out annual program reviews and synthesize the findings.
  • Contributes to the development of peer-reviewed publications

Required Qualifications

  • Medical, nursing or other health science degree relevant to immunization in resource-constrained settings 
  • 10+ years’ experience in health programs, policy, applied and program-based research.
  • 5+ years’ experience in immunization program support or implementation research related to immunization programs
  • 5+ years’ experience of work in low- or lower-middle-income country settings in program and research activities in immunization or related health domains.
  • Demonstrated capability in clinical or public health research or program innovation, and ability to think critically and strategically.
  • Demonstrated capability for technical writing addressing a mix of policy and practice audiences at global and country levels.
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills necessary for strengthening integrated health services delivery and uptake, at the regional, national, sub-national and community-levels, in both the public and/or private sectors.
  • Experience with new business development, including writing and reviewing proposals and contributing to technical design
  • Familiarity with Gavi, USAID, WHO, Unicef or similar administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems or other relevant development assistance environments
  • Comprehensive understanding of current global immunization funding priorities and players
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to communicate technical content verbally, in writing and through dynamic presentations.
  • 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
  • Proficient oral and written English; proficiency in second language (e.g., French) strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of software Ability to travel internationally up to 30% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD and/or Masters’ degree in public health, epidemiology or other domain relevant to immunization in resource-constrained settings
  • Experience working or living in low- or middle-income country



This role is exclusively open to candidates who are already located in any of the countries where Jhpiego currently operates

Total compensation will be based on the country of hire and Jhpiego’s local compensation plan.


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.

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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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