Senior Technical Director, Health and Nutrition

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 July 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 29 August 2020
  • Current

Job Description

The STD-H&N provides leadership and management to the QuIL Health and Nutrition Team in alignment with the overall strategic direction of Corus International. The QuIL team includes expertise across a variety of technical areas critical to livelihoods, economic development, health and well-being. This position reports directly to the Vice President, QuIL. The incumbent must be a passionate and visionary leader in health and nutrition, energetic supporter and inspiring manager.

The competencies required to be successful in this position include a theoretical and practical understanding of global health and nutrition, with deep expertise in one or more of the following areas: health systems strengthening; maternal, newborn and child health; or family planning.

Key activities in this role include:

-Supporting the mobilization of resources through the design of country, regional and global strategies and programming, integrating innovative approaches and applied best practice;

-Maximizing impact in country programs by supporting innovative programming and developing core tools and guidance for best practice, and providing demand-driven support to field-based program & project implementation to help country teams deliver maximum impact;

-Drawing out the experience, knowledge, and evidence generated by field programming and identifying ways to disseminate across programs and externally as a contribution to the global evidence base.

-Represent the organization in external technical fora to enhance the organization’s technical stature and recognition in the public health community.



  • Provides technical oversight and support to Health & Nutrition programs
  • Leads global strategic thinking on Health & Nutrition for the organization
  • Supports Country Teams to design and develop country level strategies in Health & Nutrition
  • Conceptualizes and leads efforts to document and share best practices and innovations in Health & Nutrition programs throughout the organization
  • Facilitates the dissemination of global best practices to field staff and in field programs.
  • Generates manuscripts for publication in peer review journals and development of abstracts and submission for public health conferences and fora
  • Ensures knowledge management in Health & Nutrition at an organizational level

Business Development

  • Supports resource mobilization for Health and Nutrition by identifying opportunities and cultivating partnerships in support of technical vision.
  • Undertakes leadership role in proposal development in concert with Business Development Team, analyzing and recommending bid decisions, and conceptualizing teaming, technical approaches, and cost strategies to maximize competitive advantage.
  • Serves as proposal leader and/or technical writer, providing vision and leadership to proposal team, and mentoring and supervising the application of best practices for Health and Nutrition.


  • Represent the organization to donors, implementing organizations, host country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with potential donors and partners with a high degree of independence.
  • Identify opportunities to raise Corus International’s profile in Health and Nutrition through participation in conferences, strategic meetings, public speaking engagements, and publications.
  • Participate as the Corus International representative in health technical working groups to ensure program and institutional representation in the international health community.

Supervision and Management

  • Manages and provides oversight to direct reports; trains and mentors staff; conducts/participates in program team management and administrative responsibilities (meeting participation, supervision, etc).


  • Masters in Public Health or PhD in a related field
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in global health
  • At least 5 years of experience as a technical advisor, preferably in the areas of health systems strengthening, maternal, neonatal and child health, or family planning and reproductive health
  • At least 5 years of field experience, preferably in Africa or Asia
  • At least 5 years of direct line management and supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated familiarity with USG family planning policy and compliance
  • Demonstrated experience leading successful international health proposal design and development
  • Strong working knowledge of USG, DFID, and other international donor priorities and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical problems in a timely and successful manner.
  • Demonstrated capacity to present technical material in peer-review journals and international conferences
  • Demonstrated versatility and integrity as well as leadership, mentorship, management, organizational, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work in French and/or Spanish in addition to written and spoken native English fluency.
  • Strong writing skills; established relationships with key international partners, including donors, WHO, academic and technical experts in maternal and child health and family planning programs
  • Ability to influence in teams where you might have responsibility but not ultimate authority.
  • Willingness to travel 25% of time.

Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify Corus’s Human Resources department.

About the Organization

Corus International is a family of organizations which believes that those who were born into impossible circumstances deserve the opportunity for a better life. Corus was formed through the strategic merger of IMA World Health (operating as a public health organization since 1960), and Lutheran World Relief (operating as a livelihoods organization since 1945), and today includes smaller entities of Charlie Goldsmith Associates, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Coffee. The organization works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America with its primary focus on health, livelihoods, and emergency response.

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