Associate Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 July 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 26 August 2020
  • Current

Job Description


The Associate Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) will lead, conceptualize, and provide technical leadership/oversight of EngenderHealth’s SRH programs, especially the design of comprehensive contraception and/or safe abortion care programs. They will be responsible for developing and implementing guidance and providing technical assistance to EngenderHealth’s country programs. They will analyze and identify opportunities to address gaps and opportunities for increasing access to and quality of SRHR for people needing services and information in existing platforms in health and community platforms. They will also identify opportunities to develop integrated programs outside the health sector (e.g. education, income generation, women/gender rights, etc.) ensuring that every opportunity to provide SRHR information and services is maximized. They will lead or support assessments, strategy development, project management and implementation, training, and liaising with donors and interagency coordination groups.

The Associate Director of SRHR will collaborate and coordinate closely with all other members of the Programs department, including the Clinical Quality and Gender, Youth and Social Inclusion, and Impact, Research and Evaluation teams. They will also work closely with the business development team to support project design and have responsibility for developing or overseeing development of technical content for donor proposals and reports. They will ensure the continued use and development of EngenderHealth’s SRHR tools and processes to increase women and girls’ access to quality SRHR services. They will also collaborate with the Impact, Research and Evidence team to ensure the integration of SRHR project learnings into program decision making and contribute monitoring and evaluation systems and deliverables. They will enhance technical recognition of EngenderHealth through publishing and speaking in relevant forums and conferences, publication of technical documents, and networking with like-minded organizations.

They will also represent EngenderHealth at technical working groups, communities of practice, and other consortia meetings as needed.

This position will report to the Vice President of Programs.

Must possess the following requirements with or without a reasonable accommodation.

  • Advanced degree in public health, social sciences, international development or related field.

  • Seven (7) plus years of experience in implementing integrated SRHR programs in public and/or private health sector in resource-challenged environments, including field experience in LMIC settings.

  • In-depth knowledge of rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health services.

  • Progressive leadership experience and demonstrated capacity in designing strategies, frameworks and tools in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.

  • Experience in supervising individuals and teams and working in a matrix management environment

  • Ability to be strategic and entrepreneurial, and to foster a cultural environment of innovation and collaboration. Flexible and adaptable with proven capacity to respond rapidly and effectively to a changing environment.

  • Excellent partnership and relationship building skills. Proven results in working with multiple collaborators globally.

  • Excellent understanding of international public health landscape in developing countries in areas related to sexual and reproductive health, quality improvement and assurance, health systems strengthening, and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Strong knowledge of the donor landscape within the health and development sector.

  • Strong interpersonal and writing and oral communications skills.

  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 30% of the time (equivalent of 16 weeks annually) to collaborate closely with EngenderHealth’s field staff and partners.

  • Experience in representing organizations in global technical fora.

  • Fluent English required.


  • Leadership skills to work with autonomy while still being collaborative, prioritize tasks, and positively influence others to meet deliverables.

  • Understand and demonstrate problem-solving skills.

  • Organized, high level of accuracy, and meticulous attention-to-detail.

  • Ability to collaboratively share information and support colleagues working in a multi-cultural context.

  • Ability to matrix manage individuals and teams.

  • Adaptable to changing priorities and deadlines seamlessly.

  • Ability to cultivate relationships with partners, collaborators, donors, and country institution stakeholders.

  • Comfort working in complex environments with rapidly changing political and other contextual factors affecting implementation.

  • Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills.

  • Comfortable working in a fast – paced environment and being held accountable for meeting ambitious targets.

  • Systems-thinker whose strength is proactively finding the slightest weakness in a process and implementing a solution.

  • Ability to ensure compliance with programmatic and clinical standards.

  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources.


  • Fluency in French including business and healthcare terminology.

  • Ability to use knowledge of the organizational and political climate to solve problems and accomplish goals.

  • Experience in designing SRHR programs from a health system strengthening lens.

  • Experience in advocating for the integration of SRHR standards and practices into national policies, systems and training frameworks.

  • Experience working with multiple donors and multilateral institutions, e.g. WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA.

  • Experience in facilitating meetings, workshops and trainings.

  • Working knowledge of and programmatic experience promoting gender equality?

  • Experience in technical tools and materials development.

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.


$105,000 to $120,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance; 401K retirement plan with employer contribution equal to 8.5% of annual salary after six months of employment; generous annual and sick leave; personal and paid parental leave. We strive to provide an environment of professional growth and development.


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed and assigned.

EngenderHealth provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, ancestry, citizenship, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, political belief, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristic or status under applicable federal, state and local laws.

EngenderHealth complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in the United States in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

EngenderHealth is committed to safeguarding all people, particularly children, vulnerable adults and beneficiaries of assistance from any harm that may be caused due to contact with EngenderHealth. This includes harm arising from the conduct of staff, associates and partners; and the design and implementation of programs and activities.

About the Organization

EngenderHealth envisions a gender-equal world where all people achieve their sexual and reproductive health and rights. We believe this is essential for ensuring all people can achieve their full potentials. To achieve this vision, we implement high-quality, gender-equitable programs that advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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