The Program Specialist will provide day-to-day operations guidance and support for global and country activities within Save the Children’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (MCGL) portfolio. Working closely with the Save the Children US (SCUS) MCGL program management and technical leads and Save the Children international (SCI) country office staff, the Program Specialist will provide operational and programmatic support to the design and implementation of SC-led activities under MCGL. The Program Specialist will ensure regular communication and strong collaboration with donor representatives, MCGL partners and SCUS and SCI support functions, including finance and awards management.
MCGL is a five-year USAID cooperative agreement, primed by Jhpiego, that aims to help countries advance the scale-up of evidence-based, high-quality maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), and voluntary family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) interventions and approaches. Save the Children is a core partner on MCGL, providing technical leadership for newborn health, child health, adolescent health and youth, nutrition, WASH, and community health systems. Other partners include the International Vaccine Access Center, The Manoff Group, Quicksand, Matchboxology, Pact, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Ubora, BAO Systems, Christian Connections for International Health, and McKinsey & Company.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Program Officer responsibilities (70% level of effort)
Provide programmatic guidance and support to MCGL global and country programs that are led by SC or have substantial technical involvement by SC staff. Specific responsibilities include:
- For assigned global/country workplans, manage the process of developing annual workplan inputs, in coordination with management and technical leads as well as relevant SCI country office staff;
- Facilitate scheduling and notetaking of regular MCGL calls with project director and core technical, management and SCI teams;
- Monitor program implementation and completion of deliverables against approved workplans;
- Coordinate quarterly, semi-annual, and annual narrative reports with inputs from various SCUS and SCI teams and ensuring that they reflect SC’s efforts;
- Work collaboratively with awards management staff to prepare project budgets and track progress of spending;
- In collaboration with program management and technical leads, ensure technical assistance is organized and aligned with program needs;
- Ensure project compliance with SC, MCGL, and USAID policies and regulations; and
- Perform any other project-related duties as needed.
Knowledge Management (20% level of effort)
- Contribute to the Department of Global Health (DGH) knowledge management and learning efforts, and provide input for ad hoc reports/requests from other SCUS departments and/or the donor;
- Support the development of technical program documentation, such as briefs, manuscripts, and presentations;
- Contribute to the development of novel program innovation, learning, and relevant tools and processes; and
- Support preparation of program capacity statements and past performance references; and
- Promote and support knowledge management and sharing efforts.
Coordination and Partnership (10% level of effort)
- Foster relationships between MCGL and the broader DGH team, including coordinating efforts on work in overlapping countries and on complementary technical areas;
- Work in close collaboration with the SC MCGL technical and program team, award manager, and support staff to ensure smooth implementation of activities;
- Manage communication with partners, technical teams, and SCI on non-financial deliverables and requests (e.g. Memorandum of Understanding, consulting agreements and staff related matters, etc.)
- Develop and maintain relationships with SCI counterparts and country office staff.
- Minimum 3-5 years’ professional experience supporting projects in public health, international development, or a related field;
- A minimum of a High School diploma;
- Professional level of specialized knowledge to manage complex tasks, programs or projects;
- Relevant experience and knowledge of program management;
- Experience supporting donor funded projects in low and middle income countries;
- Demonstrated organizational, time management, and analytical skills;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Proficient working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
- Demonstrated ability to define situations, document data, and draw conclusions;
- Collaborative and respectful working style with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and work settings;
- Demonstrated ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and pressure to deliver results, managing multiple deadlines simultaneously;
- Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 20% of time.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
- Experience working with USAID-funded health programs, including global mechanisms, and knowledge of USAID technical and operational requirements;
- Professional written and verbal French proficiency
Why you should join the Save the Children Team
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
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About the Organization
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