Senior Technical Advisor – Reproductive Health/Family Planning

  • Posted on 2 April 2021
  • Guatemala City, Guatemala | Kampala, Uganda | Bamako, Mali | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Nairobi, Kenya | United States
  • Closing on 2 May 2021

Job Description

Why Join IntraHealth?

IntraHealth International is a global health nonprofit that has worked for over 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.


IntraHealth is seeking a Senior Technical Advisor of Reproductive Health/ Family Planning. The STA will be a RH/FP expert with experience in designing and implementing complex projects in low- and middle-income countries. The occupant of this role will demonstrate leadership capabilities including, but not limited to clear and articulated communication, especially with remote communication. The STA is an expert responsible for ensuring technical quality of field programs, developing and executing technical strategies for programmatic opportunities, significantly contributing to business development efforts as a subject matter expert and providing high level technical assistance to country-based and global projects as needed.

This position is located where IntraHealth has a presence globally.

Key Performance Areas

Mentoring and Capacity Building (20%)

  • Assist staff members to deepen their technical understanding, analytical and programmatic management capabilities and to identify and support growth opportunities and support advancement of their careers.

  • Identify a group of technical advisors/officers at various levels (and locations) in the organization with technical interests aligned with IntraHealth’s strategic areas, assess their technical and managerial capabilities, identify the right opportunities, and guide them to embody IntraHealth’s values and technical excellence. Responsible for nurturing and energizing future RH/FP and relevant experts

Ensuring Technical Quality and Learning (30%)

  • In collaboration with the MNCH/FP Program Director, develop the technical vision for the RH/FP program to ensure the growth and technical quality of projects, reports, and communications in alignment with IntraHealth’s organizational vision and strategy.

  • Responsible for ensuring IntraHealth technical quality of RH/FP projects, reports, and communications, and supporting the elevation of project-based learning to organization-wide learning and knowledge management in collaboration with departments such as M&L and the office of corporate communication, and the office of technical publications and knowledge management.

  • Actively participate in performance monitoring and quality improvement process of RH/FP projects and ensure projects adapt necessary interventions. Provide technical inputs in program designs; research protocols, and publications; project documents; project performance management processes (technical reviews, project reviews, portfolio reviews), to ensure IntraHealth meets and exceeds commitments and global standards

  • Keep update on technical development on RH/FP programming across the sector and ensure necessary information is shared among staff members. Ensure application of up-to-date interventions in RH/FP projects.

  • Liaise and collaborate with affiliated technical experts to provide timely and appropriate technical interventions to country projects.

Developing and Executing Technical Strategies for Programmatic Opportunities (20%)

  • STA will perform as technical lead or key subject matter expert contributor to development of a new business proposal.

  • In close collaboration with the MNCH/FP Program Director, the STA will be responsible for ensuring the participation of internal technical teams in the development and execution of technical strategies that are aligned with IntraHealth’s organizational vision and strategy and aligned with donor priorities. Technical strategies should identify opportunities for thought leadership, program development, and expansion of existing programs, funding models, and donors.

  • STA will be responsible for supporting the program team in the execution and oversight of the technical strategies including concept development through the quality assurance of concepts, proposal development, and technical engagement of external stakeholders/key influencers, and donors.

  • Where strategically aligned, STA will disseminate learning and demonstrate technical leadership through conferences and publications, maintain organizational visibility/positioning and critical relationships with external organizations through activities such as participation in international working groups and research studies.

Providing Technical Assistance (30%)

  • Participate in project work planning of relevant projects and identify areas of interventions.

  • Responsible for providing high level technical assistance and technical leadership and may function as the principal investigator/project lead for strategic projects.

  • Collaborate and coordinate with affiliated technical experts to ensure timely and appropriate technical assistance to projects are provided

  • STA may take a leadership role or assist staff members in leading the project through advisory services, reviews, guidance, and consultations. STA may also provide technical assistance to global and bilateral projects.

Education and Experience


  • Master of Public Health or related fields with 10 years of experience, or MD/PhD with 7 years of experience.

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating complex family planning and reproductive health programs in Sub-Saharan African countries

  • Experience in contributing to business development as a subject matter expert in reproductive health and family planning

  • Current expert knowledge of family planning and reproductive health programs

  • Familiarity with health systems strengthening program designs and implementation
  • Knowledge in continuous quality improvement and provider performance improvement
  • Strong data analytical capability to identify performance issues and direct necessary technical interventions
  • Ability to succinctly communicate complex program interventions and rationales both verbally and in writing
  • Capability in evaluation, implementation research, and quantitative analysis related to family planning and reproductive health
  • Demonstrated managerial capability of complex, multiple projects

  • Demonstrated capability in working as a part of program teams

  • Clear and articulated communication in English; similar capability in French is added value

  • Ability to connect and develop collaborative relationships with country-based project technical officers and government and donor officials in the field

  • Ability to manage rapidly moving and data-driven technical interventions


  • Demonstrated technical leadership in implementation of USAID-funded reproductive health and family planning projects in low- and middle- income countries
  • Experience in providing technical assistance for implementation of high impact practices to support RH/family planning projects
  • Experience in representing the organization for international conferences, donors, and stakeholders
  • Track record in development of technical articles, program guidelines, curriculum design, and supportive documents for program implementation
  • Experience in designing capacity building of health workers and organizational development in relevant fields

Physical Demands

  • Position involves both local and international travel.
  • Position is based in an office and involves sitting for most of the day.
  • Position requires lifting up to 10 lbs. occasionally.

Summary of Benefits

IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.

IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. This is also to include inquiry about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.

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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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