Technical Director

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 August 2018
  • Uganda
  • Closing on 7 September 2018
  • Current

Job Description


The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition (RMNCH+N) and multi-sectoral system strengthening for an upcoming USAID-funded project in Uganda. The Technical Director will provide technical assistance at the national, regional, and district levels across sectors. This project aims to strengthen government-led multi-sectoral RMNCH+N systems for improved service availability and use. The project will operate over a five-year period.

The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical, and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will lead the design and implementation of evidence-based and high impact service delivery strategies.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications
  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction, and definition of appropriate project activities
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Lead collaborative development of and/or updates to evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, curricula, and supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Uganda
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the national, subnational, individual and organizational levels in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to the following:
  • Reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition, with emphasis on major direct and indirect causes of death
  • Collaboration with MOH counterparts to develop and revise policies, strategies, and/or national clinical guidelines
  • Engagement with local stakeholders to design and implement quality improvement mechanisms that address challenges at all levels of the health system
  • Identification of ways that transparency in governance can be improved within district facilities
  • Technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, and clinical mentorship
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Facilitate partnerships with professional organizations to ensure implementation of policies and regulations
  • Engage with NGOs for development of accountability mechanisms for local government
  • Lead the formulation of innovative multi-sectoral approaches for scale up of targeted RMNCH+N services
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
  • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members, and project team members to identify and address RMNCH+N service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services, including ways multi-sectoral coordination/collaboration to improve use and uptake of services
  • Identify gaps in performance for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design and implement a plan to track data/results related to RNMNCH+N to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Document successes, lessons learned, and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for multi-sectoral coordination and leadership and RMNCH+N services
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
  • Supervise technical staff
  • Manage technical contributions of sub-grantees, including defining scopes of work and monitoring performance
  • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
  • Provide technical leadership for development of project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with MOH, USAID, other Ugandan ministries working in multi-sectoral RMNCH+N, other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award
Preferred Qualifications
  • A doctoral degree (medicine or nursing), and Master of Public Health preferred
  • At least 10 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in RMNCH+N and/or health systems strengthening
  • At least 10 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of $4 million per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in East Africa
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual (community and facility-based) and organizational levels for RMNCH+N
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; pre-service or in-service education; quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation, multi-sectoral leadership/coordination, health systems strengthening, knowledge management
  • Demonstrated experience applying a mix of technical knowledge and skills in RMNCH+N necessary for strengthening RMNCH+N service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level, including across sectors
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Uganda healthcare system, particularly the public sector, with experience living and working in Uganda preferred
  • Familiarity with USAID administrative, management, and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal, and presentation skills in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites

About the Organization

Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.

Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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