Technical Director

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 26 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 27 June 2018

Job Description

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) seeks a Technical Director for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded project that supports health systems strengthening as a means to achieve universal health coverage. The project will work in low and middle-income countries and focus on increasing reducing financial barriers to health services, ensuring equitable access, and improving the quality of patient-centered care.


The Technical Director will ensure that project activities are of high quality and adhere to global guidance, policies and best practices on health systems strengthening. S/he will also ensure the adaption and integration of emerging knowledge and innovative solutions within project activities. With guidance and support of the Project Director, the Technical Director will ensure that project activities achieve desired results, build the capacity of local institutions and organizations, and contribute to the global knowledge base on effective approaches to health systems strengthening.


  1. In collaboration with the Project Director, provide technical oversight of all project activities.
  2. In collaboration with the Project Director, oversee the design and implementation of technical responses to Mission buy-ins, ensuring that activities reflect high standards of technical excellence and incorporate state of the art practices and innovations.
  3. Establish, manage, and guide global technical teams focused on: health financing, governance, quality improvement, and health systems performance and sustainability.
  4. Work closely with counterparts in low and middle income countries to provide and support technical assistance and capacity building activities to governments, local partners and the private sector.
  5. Represent the project in high-level technical forums, donor discussions, and to potential clients. When appropriate, act in place of the Project Director.
  6. Oversee efforts to document and reflect on the results of technical activities and disseminate learning widely at national, regional and global levels.


  1. Bachelor’s or Advanced degree in public health, public policy, health economics, or a related discipline combined with the following minimum years of experience working in health systems in low or middle income settings:
  2. 15 years of relevant experience with Bachelor’s degree
    • 12 years of relevant experience with Master’s degree
    • 10 years of relevant experience with JD/ABD (all but dissertation)
    • 8 years of relevant experience with PhD
  3. At least 10 years of experience in management and implementation of health systems strengthening programs in or for low- and middle-income countries.
  4. At least 5 of the total minimum years of experience must have been physically based in the country or region of implementation.
  5. Demonstrated experience operating within the global HSS community on matters related to HSS in developing countries.
  6. Demonstrated expertise in at least two of the following areas: financial protection, population coverage, service coverage, and/or related areas of HSS.
  7. Publication record in related area, and demonstrated ability to support and mentor teams to document and disseminate results.
  8. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID and other donor organizations.
  9. Fluency in oral and written English communication is required.
  10. Ability to interact professionally in one or more relevant foreign languages (e.g., French, Spanish, Portuguese) is preferred, but not required.
  11. Familiarity with USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
  12. Willingness to travel internationally up to 25%.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

Similar Jobs

More Jobs from this Organization