MNCH/FP Program Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 March 2020

Job Description

Why Join IntraHealth?

IntraHealth International is a global health nonprofit that has worked for 40 years in over 100 countries. We improve the performance of health workers and strengthen the systems in which they work so that everyone everywhere has the health care they need to thrive.

IntraHealth’s programs generate long-term social and economic impact to keep communities around the world healthy, strong, and prosperous. And our dynamic staff are passionate about global health and committed to excellence.

Join us. The future of global health starts here.

MNCH/FP Portfolio Overview

For 40 years, IntraHealth International has been saving the lives of women and children. Through our $38 million portfolio of MNCH/FP programs we are working across Africa and Asia at all levels of the health care system, civil society, and community to ensure the availability of high-impact maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and family planning (FP) services.

In our work—from empowering girls to become their own health advocates in Mali, improving health service integration for Rwandan mothers, children, and adolescents, to upgrading sanitation and hygiene in health facilities and communities in Tajikistan—we use our strong local partnerships and creative approaches to achieve results.

In 2011, nine francophone West African countries formed the Ouagadougou Partnership to change the story of family planning in the region. Thanks to their efforts, an additional 1.18 million women are using modern contraceptives today. The Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit, managed by IntraHealth, seeks to reach at least 2.2 million additional family planning users by 2020 through innovative approaches including targeted advocacy, engaging youth, and working with local government and religious leaders.

Our staff are thought leaders and advocates for stronger policies and greater focus on high-quality care for women and young people around the world.

Summary of Job

The program director is a senior-level leader within the Center for Program Delivery & Learning. S/he directly supervises a combination of senior program managers (SPM)/country directors (CD)/chiefs of party (COP) and reports to the chief program officer. The program director will support program portfolio activities through strategic planning, new business development, project design, managing for results, and is ultimately accountable for program delivery within the portfolio. Main responsibilities include program leadership through strategic, technical, operational, and financial guidance; driving technical leadership and learning through ongoing development of strategic approaches; supporting the growth of IntraHealth International’s project portfolio through new business development and donor engagement; and advising teams on strategic staffing and people management. The program director is a member of the Senior Management Team and will participate in regular strategic planning meetings in an effort to grow and strengthen the organization.

Education & Experience

  • Advanced degree in public health, international health, or related fields is required
  • Minimum of 15 years of advancing experience managing international, multi-year health programs (i.e., USG, Non-USG, privately-funded contracts and/or agreements), including financial management and supervision and capacity-building of various staff located in multiple country offices (e.g., project directors, HQ-based program and technical staff)
  • Experience in new business development (i.e., generating funding sources, building strategic partnerships, and proposal writing) is required.
  • Must have experience working in a low- and middle-income country as well as an HQ office.

Skills & Requirements

  • Able to balance competing priorities and deadlines, while maintaining exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to achieve results through collaboration with colleagues, partner organizations, and donors is required.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in French is preferred
  • International and domestic travel for this position is estimated to be 25%.
  • Organizational competencies include: Communication & Collaboration; Ethics & Integrity; Functional & People Management (supervisors only); and Professional Skills.

Key Performance Areas

Program Leadership | 30%

A successful program director will inspire others with the future direction of the portfolio, while being grounded in the day-to-day operations.

  • Partner with SPM, CD, and/or COP to develop programmatic strategy and adapt approach as global initiatives change.
  • Ensure program portfolio is technically sound, modeling global standards, evidence-based approaches, and consistently reflecting donor priorities and meeting donor expectations.
  • Collaborate with SPM, CD, and/or COP to develop country-level actions plans, funding opportunities, and goals that are connected to our organizational strategy.
  • Advise SPM, CD, and/or COP on program management, organizational development, capacity building, and collaboration among government, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Partner with project leads, Measurement & Learning, and the Center for Technical Excellence (CTE), to conduct regular project reviews to ensure projects are delivering quality results within budget.
  • Provide guidance to SPM, CD, and/or COP regarding technical, operational, financial, and managerial activities throughout project life cycle for successful program delivery and results.
  • Oversee the resolution of programmatic issues while safeguarding the resources and reputation of IntraHealth International.
  • Travel to country offices to provide short-term technical assistance and/or crisis intervention, attend meetings with country staff and/or partners, and represent the organization at relevant country/regional meetings.
  • Develop and manage annual indirect budgets that reflect organizational priorities.

Technical Leadership & Learning | 20%

The program director will aspire to understand and articulate the most current thinking in his/her field, document best practices, and lead discussions within our global community of practice.

  • Strategize with CTE to increase organizational visibility through the submission of quality abstracts, appropriate representation at conferences and technical publications, and participation in relevant technical working groups.
  • Monitor global initiatives in relevant health fields, programmatic innovations and best practices from other sectors, and lessons learned; partner with CTE to develop new methodologies and approaches and ensure they are incorporated in to project activities.
  • Oversee regular programmatic updates to ensure cross-pollination of ideas and knowledge-building throughout the organization.
  • Ensure teams within Program Delivery and Measurement & Learning are regularly reviewing and using data to strengthen and improve project implementation, document lessons learned and achieve results.
  • Ensure projects receive high-quality technical assistance (from staff and/or consultants) that ensure projects are technically sound and reflect global best practices.

New Business Development & Donor Engagement | 30%

The program director shall be a forward-thinker and will lead our organization to ensure we are competitive and that we are positioning for the future.

  • Partner with Business Development, CTE, and country leaders to develop and articulate strategic growth plans that aim to expand and diversify the country program portfolio.
  • Support new business during proposal preparation and development stages––may include capture trips, partner negotiation, serving as technical lead, overseeing budgets, and advising on staffing and management.
  • Partner with the Center for Strategy & Development and CTE to develop a global position for where we want to be with donors, relevant ministries, and strategic partners.
  • Track changes in our environment to adapt and implement plans for new business.

Strategic Staffing & People Management | 20%

A successful program director will foster an environment in which his/her team is empowered to achieve results through collaboration and the motivation of a larger community.

  • Ensure the selection, recruitment, and retention of the best-qualified talent by providing strong supervision through performance support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.
  • Supervise and advise program staff about managing resources, time, and information.
  • Provide timely and constructive feedback to program staff through proper goal setting and performance assessments.
  • Support professional growth by identifying capacities needed to achieve programmatic and organizational goals and work with senior staff to ensure those capacities are developed.
  • Develop high performing teams by promoting an environment in which proactive thinking and creativity is encouraged and rewarded.

About the Organization

Dedicated to strengthening health workers and the systems that support them, IntraHealth International has served the public health needs of developing countries for 30 years. We bring about positive change by harnessing the potential of technology, valuing the power of partnership, and maintaining a sharp focus on the health worker. To help close the gap in access to health care we have developed and share a depth of expertise in: •Health workforce and systems strengthening •Health worker training and performance •eHealth solutions •Maternal, newborn and child health •Family planning and reproductive health •HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis prevention, treatment and care •Malaria prevention and treatment •Gender equality. Founded in 1979 as the Intrah program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, IntraHealth incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2003. We have worked in more than 75 countries throughout our history, and currently have programs in over 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Eurasia. Our work is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., the Tides Foundation, and by individual contributors. IntraHealth’s main office is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We also have offices in Washington, DC, Armenia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

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