Senior Technical Advisor, Contraception

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 February 2021
  • India | Pakistan | Bangladesh | Togo | Egypt | Ethiopia | Uganda | Tanzania | Kenya | Congo, The Democratic Republic of | Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cote d Ivoire | Nigeria | Niger
  • Closing on 10 March 2021
  • Current

Job Description

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Senior Technical Advisor, Contraception

Location: we are seeking a candidate based in the countries in which Pathfinder operates in: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, Togo, or Uganda.

Summary:

The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Contraception / Family Planning will ensure the overall technical and programmatic quality and growth of Pathfinder’s Contraception portfolio. The STA will have strong USG experience and expertise in client-centered contraception information, counseling and services. The STA will oversee the technical design of the program’s contraception and FP strategies including ensuring the use of state-of-the-art approaches and application of FP High Impact Practices;

The Senior Technical Advisor will also have demonstrated experience managing and using USAID data systems and Health Information Management Systems (HMIS) and will have experience in the strategic use of data for project management and improvement.

As a member of the SRHR global team, the Senior Technical Advisor will hold a multi-country experience (preferably in LMICs), and will collaborate with country teams, Business Development, and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) teams.

Specific responsibilities include lead the Pathfinder’s approach to contraception/FP and quality assurance for implementation; provision of effective technical assistance and team mentoring; accessing and disseminating state-of-the-art information, resources and promising practices; facilitation of organizational learning; and project development, including fostering strategic partnerships, planning, positioning, and proposal preparation. The STA must have demonstrated expertise in proposal writing including leading and shaping the design of projects in response to USAID, DFID, corporate and private foundations solicitation.

Key Job Outcomes:

  • Strategic leadership: Provides strategic technical leadership and expertise to project sites on the implementation of high-quality FP/C products and services at facility and community levels as well as self-care. Leads in the development of or provide technical assistance in the global and country-specific approaches, tools and materials supporting tailored approaches for intended FP/C programs. Builds on existing tools and develops or adapts innovative approaches to ensure the efficiency, acceptability and impact of SRHR products and services.
  • Programming design and Implementation: Leads in the design, development and implementation of innovative, effective, country appropriate FP/C programming
  • Technical Assistance: Provides technical assistance to country offices, host-country governments, local partners, and other agencies by assessing needs and developing FP/C quality standards and guidance to ensure that services provided are client-centered and right-based
  • Technical support for proposals: Provides technical support on the development of proposals, including participation in strategizing for technical approach, proposal writing and proposal review.
  • Quality Assurance: Works with the technical team to ensure that best practices for services and services integration are well documented, evaluated and poised for scale up. Coaches and builds teams to optimize technical staff performance programming, target setting and project workplan and scale-up.
  • Brand Ambassador: Represents Pathfinder International to external organizations and audiences at professional meetings and conferences as assigned.
  • Liaison with Key Stakeholders: Liaises and coordinates with key stakeholders, including USAID, missions, other donors and USG agencies, and international and local partners such as Bureau for Global Health, World Health Organization, IBP, to play a highly proactive role in repositioning family planning as a preventive health and a socioeconomic development intervention and to share lessons and technical information.

Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Country Specific Public Health System: Advanced knowledge of the countries’ public health systems.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Deep knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of programs, including program strategies and indicators, and the latest professional developments in SRHR and Family Planning Proven skills in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating development and intervention activities, preferably with USAID, WHO, or other donor organizations working in the health sector.
  • Program Operations and Development: Mastery of skills in implementing and managing similar program operations in the developing world, including advocacy.
  • Proposal Development: Mastery of skills in proposal development from concept to full proposal, resource mobilization, and proven ability to raise substantial research/development funds.
  • Leadership: Mastery of skills as a leader in health and health service delivery strengthening in developing countries and proven ability in developing strategic plans.
  • Program and Project Planning and Management: Deep skills in program and project management and planning to fulfill performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities
  • Operations and Financial Management: Deep knowledge of operations and financial management in developing countries
  • Change Leadership: Ability to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in managing change across a broad group of stakeholders in an inclusive manner.
  • Presentation Skills: Ability to make presentations on results and products to small and large groups.
  • Community Relations: Advanced skills in facilitating work relationships between partners, government officials, and communities.

Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrix organization.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work related matters

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, business, marketing, social science, or related discipline

  • Medical degree (physician or midwife) is highly preferred

  • Master’s in Public Health is preferred

  • 5 years’ international non-profit experience

  • 10 years of experience working in international development, preferably in implementing FP/C programs in developing countries

  • Ability to provide technical support multi-country teams and to work effectively with government representatives, donors and other stakeholders

  • Prefer: Professional to Fluent French proficiency highly desirable

  • Prefer: Experience with USAID-funded projects

  • Prefer: Experience in project design

  • Prefer: Experience living or working in developing countries that aids in understanding of program context, field realities, and technical needs

  • Prefer: Skills in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training and capacity building, performance and quality improvement

Other Information:

  • Must be able to travel internationally and domestically (30%)
  • There is no relocation benefits attached to this role

About the Organization

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

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