Technical Advisor 1, Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • Posted on 18 February 2021
  • Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • Remote position
  • Closing on 20 March 2021

Job Description

Job Summary:

Responsible for the technical oversight of a portfolio of youth sexual and reproductive health (YSRH) activities within the Research Utilization (RU) division. Provides technical assistance based upon expertise and knowledge of YSRH evidence based methods and strategies, current best practices, and established operational and research standards to ensure quality and rigorous design for research studies and programs. Builds capacity of country-level, regional or global program staff. Assesses current technical, scientific, managerial and operational efficiencies at the program, regional, or global levels as appropriate. Provides guidance to ensure that YSRH program implementation adheres to appropriate technical standards and guidelines and that programs are technically sound. Provides global scientific leadership by staying current of evolving technical standards, guidelines, evidence, and program developments in YSRH and gender. Responsible for sharing best practices in YSRH and contributing to the knowledge base through participation in scientific forums, technical networks, internal and external youth working groups or meetings. Responsible for the synthesis and translation of YSRH evidence through the development of program curricula and guidelines, learning agendas, peer-reviewed manuscripts, technical briefs, and other knowledge products. Shares new YSRH knowledge/evidence and best practices through collaboration with relevant departments and staff. Actively promotes FHI 360 YSRH programming and research both internally and externally, through a wide range of research utilization activities and strategies including: stakeholder engagement, scale-up, review and input into research protocols and studies, capacity building, provision of technical assistance and knowledge management activities.

Accountabilities:

  • Develop technical standards for FHI 360 YSRH programs and services, based on available evidence and best practices.
  • Develop/adapt and deliver skills building sessions to strengthen technical staff in YSRH in relevant programs and services.
  • Provide technical leadership for and management of a portfolio of YSRH activities, ensuring high quality of deliverables.
  • Participate in resource development activities; making significant technical contributions, including leading proposals or proposal components related to YSRH.
  • Responsible for accomplishing assigned job responsibilities, and following the standards and practices of the department and division.
  • Responsible for planning and scheduling own work flow and timetables, within area and function guidelines.
  • Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with YSRH and gender field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs.
  • Develops tools for the design and implementation of YSRH components.
  • Ensures that project implementation adheres to the appropriate YSRH global strategy and remains technically sound.
  • Serves as a departmental resource on YSRH and gender activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrated mastery of evidence based YSRH, gender, and Positive Youth Development programming
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing.
  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and deliverables; able to prioritize own work.
  • Strong project management skills; ability to effectively communicate with supervisor, donor, project partners and teams about work flow and prioritization of deliverables.
  • Strong understanding of RU approaches and ability to apply to YSRH programming.
  • Ensures appropriate and timely technical support to field programs as requested.
  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels. Conducts routine coordination with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field.
  • Ability to manage own work, while also managing project teams and ensuring high quality deliverables.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Demonstrates ability to assess needs within agreed upon duties and considers course of action best to meet those needs.
  • Effectively applies knowledge of YSRH and RU approaches to solve range of problems.
  • Demonstrates ability to develop solutions to problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches.
  • Problems encountered are generally varied, requiring review of practices and precedents to resolve.
  • Self-starter and independent work style.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Coordinates own work flow and sets individual priorities.
  • Works as both a leader and member of project teams.
  • Works under general guidelines for completion and accuracy as determined by the supervisor.
  • Accomplishes results through lower level staff or through experienced staff who exercise independence in their assignments.
  • Member of the senior staff team of RU, provides leadership to RU when needed.
  • May manage staff and/or project teams.

Education:

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.

Experience:

  • Typically requires 5-8 years of relevant experience in management of large projects and/or programs.
  • Has ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
  • Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English.
  • Experience in Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (YSHR)

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment, currently a fully remote position.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10% - 25%
  • After remote work is over, ability to travel to NC or DC as needed.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.

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