Senior Technical Advisor

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 March 2019

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Serve as an active member of the program team for the implementation of Pact’s Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) activities. The Senior Technical Advisor oversees and guides the technical advisors in the implementation of the project. This includes the promotion of quality and timely project management as well as intradepartmental and interdepartmental coordination and collaboration. The Senior Technical Advisor will focus 50% of the level of effort on HIV related programming; the remaining 50% level of effort will be dedicated to other technical areas including supervising about seven advisors and other responsibilities described below.

Key Responsibilities

Technical Advisory Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support and management of the project in OVC care and support, HIV services, violence prevention, and response, early childhood and adolescent development, education, child labor, and children living and working in the streets, and community strengthening.
  • Provide leadership in the areas including, but not limited to implementing and monitoring bi-directional referral systems; rolling out and ensuring high quality OVC case management tools and training; work with quality improvement advisor to develop and monitor quality improvement plans; ensuring alignment to PEPFAR’s Site Improvement Monitoring System; developing and ensuring adherence to Standard Operating Procedures and job aids.
  • With the HIV Integration Advisor, develop and implement strategies to target high-risk HIV exposed infants for enrollment, improve pediatric case findings, strengthen linkages to HIV services, and continue to closely collaborate with care and treatment partners to ensure timely delivery of HIV services to project beneficiaries.
  • Ensure high-quality facilitation of training and systematic post-training supportive supervision and mentoring to Pact staff and implementing partner staff.
  • Ensure overall technical integration of services for improved care, health, nutrition, education, protection, livelihoods, and psychosocial well-being
  • Provide technical management to sub-awardees in the consortium in the following intervention areas: HIV and sexual reproductive health services, education services, particularly Early Childhood Development; and youth livelihoods and employment
  • Promote integration and cross-fertilization of ideas and information technical areas and oversee initiatives to promote and strengthen knowledge management
  • Provide high-quality technical guidance and support that is grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adheres to expected technical quality and reporting requirements
  • Mentor technical advisors as appropriate and ensure international best practice is integrated into program design and implementation

Program Management, Monitoring, and Learning

  • Provide guidance and monitor monthly progress towards key indicators, problem solve with advisors, cluster teams and M&E staff if targets are not achieved.
  • Monitor work plan to ensure technical initiatives and plans are implemented in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Work within the team to write quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports. This will include compiling, cleaning and copyediting reports from the advisors.
  • Support project teams to maintain relationships and close coordination with counterparts in partner organizations
  • Cooperate and promote collaboration with the Programs, Grants & Contracts, Finance, and M&E teams
  • Assist the Deputy Chief of Party on providing directions to the Technical Integrated Cluster managers at the project zonal levels
  • Ensure proper implementation of Pact’s performance management systems for direct reports. This can include: proactively addressing performance issues through regular, constructive and honest feedback, and coaching.
  • Contribute to development and management of a learning agenda and evidence building strategy for the project, particularly in the areas of referrals and linkages to ensure the continuum of care, ART adherence and care retention of HIV positive OVC, youth livelihoods and employment strategies, gender transformative interventions
  • Write abstracts to highlight programmatic results for submission to conferences, forums, etc.
  • Travel to the field to provide technical & monitoring support, as needed

Representation and Strategic Direction

  • Represent the project in relevant meetings and visits with stakeholders, including partners, donors, and government as needed
  • Present quarterly progress to USAID and participate in the various meeting with donors and other donor-funded implementing partners
  • Write and compile annual work plans aligning with PEPFAR COP guidance in collaboration with other team members (advisors, M&E, and consortium members)
  • Closely collaborate with implementing partners, on complementary activities including but not limited to partners working in the following areas: care and treatment, economic strengthening, education, case management, parenting, and child protection.
  • Develop responses to ad hoc donor requests

Basic Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 10 years experience or MA/MS with 8 years experience
  • Education and experience related to medicine, public health, nursing, or equivalent.
  • At least 7 years of project management experience in resource constrained country setting
  • Experience with PEPFAR 3.0 funded projects in Tanzania; solid understanding of evidenced-based HIV case identification especially for children, care and treatment and prevention interventions.
  • Experience in working with HIV care and treatment clinics (CTCs) and partners implementing care and treatment interventions in health facilities.
  • Technical expertise in OVC care and support, violence prevention and response, early childhood and adolescent development, education, child labor, and children living and working in the streets, and community strengthening will be an added advantage
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in several of the following: implementing and monitoring bi-directional referral systems; rolling out and ensuring high quality services to beneficiaries, developing tools to ensure quality trainings (including step down trainings); developing and monitoring quality improvement plans; ensuring alignment to PEPFAR’s Site Improvement Monitoring System; developing and ensuring adherence to Standard Operating Procedures and job aids
  • Proven ability to provide technical guidance to sub-awardees including international NGOs in the consortium to ensure integration of services
  • Experience in using data for decision making to improve programming
  • Strong PowerPoint and presentation skills
  • Technical understanding of PEPFAR 3.0 and USAID indicators and managing for performance
  • Ability to travel regularly and at short notice
  • Ability to communicate in writing and verbally with English language
  • A team player with interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a high profile, fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications

Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership skills
  • Project Management
  • Technical Skills



Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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