Technical Director

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The IRC seeks a Technical Director for the $25 M – 49.9 M PROPEL(Promoting Results and Outcomes through Policy and Economic Levers) Round 2 opportunity. Overall, the PROPEL Annual Program Statement (Promoting Results and Outcomes through Policy and Economic Levers) will focus on policy, advocacy, health financing and governance activities as well as technical assistance, and transition initiatives for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), and FP/RH integration with maternal health, HIV/AIDS and other health areas. FP/RH integration across health, gender, youth, health equity, capacity development, and private sector engagement are all central to this APS. For Round 2 – PROPEL Adapt – the specific focus will be on policy, advocacy, financing, and governance (PAFG) unique to fragile settings, including responses to country epidemics or global pandemics such as COVID-19.

The Technical Director will support the Chief of Party in providing technical leadership and implementation of family planning (FP); reproductive health (RH); maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), immunization, nutrition, and WASH activities, as well as cross cutting priorities in health systems strengthening (HSS), gender, and social and behavioral change (SBC). This includes supervising strong technical experts and providing planning and management support to ensure delivery of program results. They will support quality control and efficiency of project activities.

This position is contingent on award from USAID.

Major Responsibilities

• Provide overall technical leadership for project strategies and program activities and ensure they are based on and use global and project generated evidence
• Mentor and build capacity of technical staff in policy, advocacy, governance, financing, HSS and emergency preparedness for FP/RH programs in fragile settings.
• Regularly use and apply data to inform program direction and decisions.
• Provide technical leadership in staffing, work planning, assessments, monitoring and reporting in collaboration with partners
• Lead relationships and maintain collaborative links of key partners at country, regional, and global levels
• Encourage technical coordination between implementing partners, with other USAID projects, and external organizations
• Work creatively with technical staff and provide quality assurance for their outputs
• Provide dedicated representation with key counterparts and in technical working groups, and step in for the COP and/or Deputy COP as needed
• Ensure PROPEL Round 2 proactively identifies and engages local organizations equipped to deliver program interventions in PROPEL’s purview and ensure that their technical and managerial capacity is enhanced through the partnership with PROPEL R2.

Experience and Qualifications

• Advanced degree in public health or related field, or equivalent experience
• Minimum 6-8 years’ experience providing technical assistance to large and complex health projects in fragile settings
• Demonstrated experience in strengthening the capacity of individuals, organizations and government agencies
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience working on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health, health systems strengthening
• Successful record of leading large teams and serving as a mentor to staff
• Demonstrated ability to maintain strong relationships with USAID, Ministry of Health officials, and partners
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally with donor, project partners, in-country collaborators, and staff at all levels of the organization.
• Proven ability to convene/chair high profile meetings and productively interact with a wide range of organizations (e.g., government, private sector, NGOs, and research institutions).
• Demonstrated experience in effectively engaging partners and managing multi-partner collaboration in the field;
• Fluent English oral and written communication skills, and fluency in French preferred.
• Familiarity with USAID projects, compliance and reporting preferred

Working Environment
• Standard office working environment
• International travel as needed up to 50% including to fragile settings

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, l’Égalité, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

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