Deputy Project Director, Strengthening Facility-Based Services (E2A)

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Management Sciences for Health
Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 18 January 2013
Posted on 19 December 2012

Job Description


MSH seeks a Deputy Project Director to provide leadership in establishing both the strategic vision and technical direction of the E2A Project, especially with regard to facility-based FP/RH services. The Deputy ensures that state-of-the-art scientific and research findings are built into program design and technical approaches, with a resulting transfer of learning and enhanced capacity to the field. The Deputy supervises and provides strategic guidance to technical staff and works closely with the Project’s country directors, regional directors, and technical advisors to design successful project outcomes, participating in community, facility, and national\regional program planning.

In addition, the Deputy responds to, and interacts with, the USAID project management team, USAID Mission Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) staff, project partners, and appropriate country counterparts on technical and implementation issues. He or she also coordinates project activities with USAID Cooperating Agencies, regional and sub-regional organizations, technical advisory groups, and other technical working groups in the area of reproductive health/family planning, and other areas as identified. The Deputy advises the Project Director on management activities essential to achieving project technical outcomes and serves as Acting Director in his or her absence.He or sheprovides technical oversight in work plan development and implementation in collaboration with the Project Director and Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Advisor. The Deputy assists in the preparation and validation of budgets and forecasts for project activities and for the overall project as needed.


1. At least eight years of experience in implementing or managing projects related to strengthening FP/RH facility-based services, with three-five years spent managing facility-based programs in developing countries.

2. MD/PhD or Master’s degree in health-related field or equivalent experience.

3. Demonstrated experience with broader health systems strengthening.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based FP/RH interventions to strengthen clinical services.

5. Demonstrated leadership qualities, broad technical and management expertise and experience.

6. Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English.

7. Experience with FP integration with MNCH, nutrition and/or HIV/AIDS is highly desirable.

8. Proficiency in a second language is desirable.

9. The proposed candidate’s experience and education are complementary to those of other proposed candidates.

10. Demonstrated state-of-the-art technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: MNCH and/or HIV (especially within the context of health systems strengthening or health systems development); or quality assurance/quality management.

11. Previous work experience in Africa, preferably across one or more regions.

12. Ability to travel internationally as required.

About the Organization

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 35 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Cambridge, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from more than 74 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.