Technical Director/Health Impact Specialist
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Cambridge, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.
AFRICAN STRATEGIES FOR HEALTH (ASH) PROJECT.
The project works with African institutions, USAID Africa Bureau, partners within the USG and other development partners to provide a strategic vision for guiding investments to further the health of Africans. In support of this vision, the project conducts reviews, assessments and a dialogue with partners working in the field to improve the understanding of constraints impeding the realization of the vision and the reaching of the Millennium Development Goals by identifying potential solutions to overcome those constraints; and advance the objective to improve knowledge management by documenting lessons learned and disseminating the lessons to the broader development community and develop the capacity of African Institutions for provide needed technical assistance. The ASH Team consists of a team of experts that address the following project focus areas: Advocacy and Communication, Health System Strengthening, Infectious Diseases, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
The Technical Director/Health Impact Specialist brings expertise in public health and assists the ASH Team to meet project goals through the synthesis, elaboration and clear description of themes and issues identified through ASH activities. S/he possesses strong research and analytic skills and works with project staff in the development of high quality technical products such as papers, peer reviewed journal articles and advocacy materials. The Technical Director/ Health Impact Specialist is supported by a team adept at conducting literature reviews, analysis and developing communication materials. S/he is able to ensure rapid turnaround of client requests for literature reviews and technical analyses with the development of brief and relevant materials. Additionally, the Technical Director/ Health Impact Specialist is responsible for a distinct portfolio of technical activities as assigned by the Project Director. Together with the Finance and Administration Director s/he is responsible to assist the Project Director in the overall management of the program and actively engages with the client and a broad range of stakeholders involved in the African health sector.
Coordinates a portfolio of cross-cutting/ multi-sectoral activities that cut across and integrate as appropriate, project focus areas: Communications and Advocacy, Health System Strengthening, Infectious Disease, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Ensures the production of high quality project products and outputs (technical content and presentation) that shape and position key issues in health.
Collaborates and guides project staff who contribute to research products, analytic papers and communication products.
Assists the Project Director in the overall strategic guidance to the contract and AFR, filling in for the Project Director when the Director is not in the office.
Advises the Project Director on management activities essential to achieving technical outcomes.
Maintains good working relationships with all stakeholders and partners to assure that the project receives the full benefit from their specific areas of expertise.
Participate in the senior management meetings with USAID.
Willingness to travel at least 30 percent of the time.
Other duties as required.
A Masters in public health or an equivalent field is required, a PhD is preferred.
Demonstrated professional excellence and minimum of 10 years of experience in health related matters in Africa. Research experience in developing countries is a plus.
Demonstrated understanding of the technical strategies and operational approaches that underpin project focus areas, and the implementation constraints that typically occur in the African continent.
Demonstrated successful USAID projects management in addition to expertise at least one of the following technical areas: Communications and Advocacy, Infectious Disease, Health System Strengthening, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Experience in supporting activities/ implementing programs in the areas of democracy and governance, environmental sustainability, and urban health will be a plus.
Demonstrated capacity to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of a highly pressurized, rapidly changing environment.
Demonstrated experience in providing supervision and guidance to recognized technical experts in any given field.
Capability to present complex technical concepts and date to policy makers and decision.
Fluency in English is required and either French or Portuguese is preferred.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills as a manager.
Demonstrated capacity and experience in guiding and supervising project staff.
Excellent communication skills, demonstrated leadership, and the ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines.
Familiarity with and understanding of USAID administrative procedures.
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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