Technical Advisor - Global Health

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 October 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 6 February 2021
  • Current

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.


Program Advancement (PADV) - 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 (Integrated) Program Advancement team contributes to this by: Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs; Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors; Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors.

Position Overview

The Technical Advisor – Global Health will contribute state-of-the-art public health expertise in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with a focus on increasing access to quality HIV/AIDS; RMNCAH; Nutrition; TB; other infectious diseases, including pandemic preparedness and response; One Health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) programs with the aim of ultimately improving health outcomes in settings where Pact works. S/he will contribute to the overall technical and programmatic quality and growth of Pact’s Global Health and HIV/AIDS portfolio. S/he provides leadership in the formalization, execution, implementation, and documentation of Pact’s strategic and technical approaches; provides direct technical assistance to centrally funded and bilateral country-focused projects; and contributes to ongoing knowledge exchange across the organization. S/he plays a critical role in supporting and expanding Pact’s Global Health portfolio and fosters integration with other impact area teams, specifically to ensure that project and country teams are applying state-of-the-art science and in alignment with global guidelines, standards, and protocols; and . He/she will possess specialized expertise in 1-2 disease areas and demonstrated ability to apply global health and public health understanding to address integrated health challenges and issues.

In addition, the Technical Advisor will be responsible for contributing to new business development through intelligence gathering, prepositioning, and serving, as called upon, in the function of technical pursuit leader in the design and development of new proposals. In this function, the TA will work closely with the Vice President- Global Health and the New Business and Opportunity Development Teams

The Technical Advisor will be based in Pact’s Washington, D.C. office (starting as remote based until Pact resumes D.C. office operations) and will collaborate with country teams, New Business Development Team, Integrated Communication, other Impact areas, Innovation and Results and Measurement teams.

Key Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include project design 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

  1. Provides technical advice and direction to projects and programs in respect to Pact’s strategic priority areas HIV/AIDS; RMNCAH; Nutrition, TB, other infectious diseases, including pandemic preparedness and response, One Health, and non- communicable diseases (NCDs)
  2. Provides technical assistance in planning and implementation of technical priority area of HIV/AIDS; RMNCAH; Nutrition, TB, other infectious diseases, including pandemic preparedness and response, One Health and non- communicable diseases(NCDs), including the establishment of new programs, resource allocation, and expansion of the disease prevention programs.
  3. Provides strategic advice to Global Health Unit on emerging and strategic issues to scale up pertinent evidence proven interventions
  4. Facilitates the development and revision of relevant strategies to be incorporated into the new Global Health @ Pact strategic plan
  5. Closely monitors implementation of the country projects with interventions in relevant content area. Support Country offices during project start-up phase by helping to develop work plans; share tools and materials from other similar projects within and outside of Pact; orient and train new program staff; and assist field teams to implement initial project activities.
  6. Provides technical input and periodic status reports through Technical Portfolio Reviews in the relevant content area.
  7. Proposes and manages the development of innovative models and tools and documents technical achievements through articles in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at international professional conferences, and representation of Pact on key panels and technical advisory groups.
  8. Fosters collaborative relationships with relevant entities and stakeholders involved relevant content area.
  9. Recommends areas for operational research and/or learning agendas.
  10. Supports the Business Development Team in the identification of new project opportunities. When in the field or in donor or partner meetings remains alert to potential intelligence about new business opportunities and advises relevant teams about pre-positioning.
  11. Contributes to the development and/or technical review of targeted educational materials and technical proposals as required, ensuring that project design and technical strategies are sound and that project implementation experiences are appropriately reflected.
  12. Work closely with VP Global Health and other Program team members to ensure integration across impact areas and core competencies.
  13. Perform other duties as required.

Technical Pursuit Leader: In addition, the Technical Advisor will serve as one of the Global Health team’s Technical Pursuit Leader, leading intelligence gathering, prepositioning development as well as articulation of the technical strategy in response to Requests for Proposals and Request for Applications (RFPs and RFAs). Working with technical contributors, country experts, and other internal and external experts, harnesses Pact’s technical, country, project management and business development expertise to conceptualize the overall strategic framework encompassing all Pact’s experience and expertise into competitive proposals.

Basic Requirements

The TA must possess current knowledge of PEPFAR guidelines and standard interventions and approaches to HIV testing and counseling, health system strengthening referral networks, ART and retention, OVC, HIV co-morbidities and prevention/control of other related infectious diseases. The Technical Advisor will also have demonstrated experience managing and using PEPFAR data systems and Health Information Management Systems (HMIS) and will have experience in the strategic use of data for project management and improvement. S/he will work closely with field leadership to provide state of the art technical assistance and ensure Pact’s HIV/AIDS work is evidence-based and sustainable. Other basic requirements include:

  • Advanced clinical degree, MD/PhD or master’s degree in health-related field or equivalent experience.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, including international public health programming, with at least 5 years relevant overseas work experience.
  • Prior senior technical or management positions a plus
  • Significant and successful experience working in international development and/or public health programs, specifically in the area of HIV/AIDS, Family Planning/Reproductive Health and/or Maternal Newborn Child Health.
  • Significant successful experience in new business development. In particular, the TA must have demonstrated expertise in proposal writing including leading and shaping the design of projects in response to PEPFAR solicitations from across the U.S. government.
  • At least seven to eight years’ experience managing complex health and HIV/AIDS projects within a non-profit organization in a developing country context.
  • Experience providing direct technical assistance in developing countries.
  • Proven programmatic, technical, and managerial ability and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues in a broad range of local and international nongovernmental, governmental, and international organizations within multiple socio-cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated organizational, consulting, and mentoring and coaching skills and abilities, sound judgment, and high ethical standards.
  • Adaptability to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Experience with USAID and knowledge of USG procurement regulations highly desirable.
  • Experience working with other multilateral and bilateral agencies, such as WHO, FAO, UNICEF, and European and private donors preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and spoken English, including excellent skills in drafting business correspondence. Demonstrated ability to write journal articles, research studies, and technical reports.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Ability to use epidemiological tools, such as EPI Info or other similar software highly desirable.
  • Fluency in a second major language preferred, including the ability to conduct training and business in that language.
  • Willingness and availability to travel internationally for up to 40% of the time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must be able to travel internationally and domestically (30%- when travel opens up again)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience working in multi donor environments a plus.
  • Fluency in English required, proficiency in Spanish and/or French a plus.
  • Computer literacy required; familiarity with all MS applications and spread sheet software required.
  • A passion for the mission and values of Pact
  • Knowledge of multi-dimensional approach to development a plus.

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 or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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