Technical Director, Health

Job
from Catholic Relief Services
Closing date: 26 Nov 2019

The Health Technical Director will provide strategic direction for CRS' programs globally in disease prevention, health system strengthening, curative support, nutrition and other areas critical to all children and families reaching their full health and development potential. The Director will oversee the provision of technical support to CRS field programs, advancing approaches for high quality and impactful programming, lead the agency on strategic growth within these areas, advance CRS technical leadership in core health sectors, and represent CRS externally with PVOs, partners, donors, universities and research institutions, and other stakeholders. The Director will be a key part of the PIQA team within the Overseas Operations (OverOps) Division, providing support and expertise in health across the agency.

Strategic leadership and implementation of agency-wide priorities and standards for health.
* Ensure CRS thought leadership in health.
* Lead agency health strategy and develop health portfolio, deepening and broadening impact.
* Ensure the application of Integral Human Development and Partnership principles and strategies to health programming.
* Lead strategic growth and support pursuit of key business development opportunities in health.
* Provide leadership for capacity building of health partners and also facilities, including those run by governments, faith-based institutions and the private sector.
* Engage with US Catholic health networks to support faith-based networks overseas.
* Advance a strong vision of quality assurance and systems strengthening for continuous improvement of program impact.

Technical Assistance and New Business Development
* Lead in-country technical assistance assignments, especially those involving large/strategic initiatives, pursuit of major opportunities, accompanying key donors, etc.
* Maintain individual technical portfolio and leadership as appropriate.
* Lead program design on major initiatives; serve as technical lead for proposals and/or facilitate strategic/technical workshops with CRS staff, local partners, government representatives and other stakeholders.
* Engage in a range of business development initiatives with health components, review proposals and guide teams on state-of-the-art approaches in public health

Qualifications
* MD, PhD or Masters' degree and equivalent experience in medicine, public health, psychology, nutrition or related field.
* At least 15 years of international working experience in a technical or management role, with a minimum of five years overseas managing health programs and/or providing technical assistance to strengthen the quality of health programs
* Ability to travel up to 30%

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Demonstrated ability to lead high performing teams through clear vision, direction and communications
* Expertise in Health Systems Strengthening (local civil society, government, public health facilities); experience Monitoring and Evaluation, Digital Health or Health Advocacy a plus
* Working knowledge of integrated programming, e.g., nutrition, agriculture, WASH, education, gender
* Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills in English
* Proven ability to design high quality projects and successful grant proposals for external donor funding; having published findings from field programming and research a plus.
* Proven ability to present effectively at conferences, networks and via publications.
* Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and negotiating skills.
* Deep understanding of key donors in health such as PEPFAR (CDC/USAID), PMI, Global Fund, Food for Peace/USAID and UNICEF; understanding of key trends such as localization; experience in innovative finance, non-traditional funding schemes and domestic resource mobilization a plus.

Fluency in English, functional ability in French or Spanish preferred.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.