Job Title: Technical Director
Organization: John Snow, Inc (JSI)
Project Name: USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party (COP)
John Snow, Inc. (JSI) is a leader in improving the health of individuals and communities by providing high-quality technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. JSI has implemented projects in 100 countries, and currently operates from eight U.S. and 81 international offices for the past 30 years. The JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. ID a leading public health research and consulting organization.
About USAID MCSP Program:
USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival program aims to accelerate the reduction of Maternal, new born and child Mortality in USAID Priority countries with high disease burden such as Uganda though scaling up evidence based high impact interventions. Building on Experience, MCSP addresses major causes of mortality by influencing and implementing high impact and innovative interventions at scale based on the country context and data; building global consensus and sustained government commitment to support MNCH interventions; maximizing the use and integration of local programs.
Job Summary: The Technical Director will work closely with MOH and select districts in Eastern Region to support the implementation of the MNCH Sharpened Plan to roll-out a package of low cost, high impact, evidence based MNCH interventions that can be applied at different levels of health care that can contribute to reduction in maternal, newborn and child mortality. The Technical Director will work with and report to the Chief of Party (COP) in managing the program's activities at the national level and in the selected districts and other immunization and health partners. The TD will fill the role of the COP in his/her absence and assist in communication with the MOH, JSI headquarters, program partners and donors.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide programmatic leadership for, and oversee planning of activities in support of the program goals and objectives
- Provide technical leadership and oversight for the implementation of MCSP MNCH program, including meeting operational targets and achieving or exceeding performance objectives
- The incumbent will coordinate the work of all MCSP technical team members, the Ministry of Health (MOH), professional organizations, other USAID implementing partners, and other key stakeholders in Eastern Region such as NGOs and CSOs, to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities
- Advise counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant advisory and/or technical working groups with counterparts and partner institutions in development, adaptation and operationalization of national guidelines and policies
- Provide leadership in the design of MNCH interventions, ensuring that interventions are technically sound, evidence-based, and are sustainable
- Mentor, support, supervise, and manage a team of highly qualified technical staff and align their efforts in concert with program goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results o Will supervise three Team Leads (Maternal, adolescent/Neonatal and Child Health, respectively)
- Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
- Ensure technical compliance with USAID rules and regulation
- Offer technical support to ensure quality of facility-based MNCH services through site assessments, training/mentoring of service providers, and ongoing QA support
- Provide support to ensure quality of community-based MNCH services
- Support and guide MCSP monitoring/ evaluation activities
- Prepare and submit donor reports, work plans, strategic plans and other program-related documents in a timely manner and provide prompt feedback to donor requests for information
- Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant must hold a Medical Doctor required; MPH or advanced degree preferred
- A minimum of ten years’ experience working in Uganda in MNCH and nutrition, with community focus, knowledge of and experience working in collaboration with MOH, international and local donor agencies and program implementing organizations (NGOs).
- Ability to represent USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program at high level
- Knowledge of major MNCH best practices as well as implementation of RMNCH programs in Uganda.
- Proven skills in collaborative engagement, program planning, knowledge management, facilitation, networking and communication.
- Excellent leadership, interpersonal and supervisory skills, inspiring teamwork and motivating staff and partners to achieve results
- Broad knowledge of USAID programs, regulations, compliance and reporting
- Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
- Experience working at national level on health policy, technical guidelines and program implementation
- Excellent writing, data collection, analysis and reporting skills
- Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills
- Ability and willingness to travel to Eastern Region up to 50% of time
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an updated CV and cover letter to MCSUgandaHR@jsi.com with the subject line “MNCH Technical Director" as the e-mail subject.
Deadline: 23rd September, 2016
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