Technical Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 September 2019

Job Description

Expression of Interest

Title: Technical Director, Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Reports to: Chief of Party

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

EngenderHealth is seeking expressions of interest from highly qualified candidates to fill in the Technical Director position on an anticipated five years USAID Family Planning funded project in Uganda. Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Overall scope

The Technical Director will assist the Chief of Party in the design, implementation and monitoring of family planning and reproductive health interventions.S/he will be responsible for directing and managing the technical and programmatic components of the project, with the main result will be to increase adoption of health family planning and reproductive health behaviors, which will contribute to long term demographic shifts and accelerate Uganda’s progress toward its overall development goals. S/he will have a deep understanding of the Ugandan sexual and reproductive health landscape, including challenges, on-going projects and the priorities of the Ugandan Ministry of Health. This includes initiatives to expand community based family planning products and service such as DMPA-SC. S/he leads development of detailed implementation plans for grants and sub awards and ensures that project activities are implemented using gender transformative approaches. S/he works with the technical staff and field offices to ensure that all service delivery interventions follow the latest policies, clinical guidelines, training approaches, and standards in all technical areas of the program. S/he oversees the implementation of interventions that address USAID’s and the Ugandan MOH’s priorities, including but not limited to increase the uptake of family planning services among first time users, adolescents, clients in rural areas and/or other vulnerable populations. S/he will coordinate field office activities, compiles project reports, and assists with the development of future programs as needed. S/he liaises closely with Ugandan authorities at all levels, and donor and partner agencies and represents the program on behalf of the Chief of Party as needed.

S/he will provide overall technical, managerial guidance and leadership to program staff and will ensure that program officers provide the necessary program technical and programmatic leadership internally and capacity building to Ministry of Health (MOH) counterparts in their fields of expertise to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the project and contribute to sustainability.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee and coordinate the technical areas of the project and provide technical programmatic leadership to the overall achievement of the outcomes and results.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies, workplans and activities to increase adoption of positive FP/RH behaviors, and where appropriate integration of other key reproductive health services, in collaborative manner with the government, partners and other implementing partners
  • Plan, coordinate, and provide support to staff in program design, monitoring and evaluation, and synthesis and documentation of lessons learned related to global program initiatives and country level activities.
  • Supervise a team of technical managers and advisors for family planning, behavior change communication, gender, youth and health system strengthening identify opportunities for their continued development.
  • Direct the team to ensure synchronized work to achieve project goals and objectives, and to share and apply lessons learned and best practices across project activities.
  • Work with team to identify, adapt/develop, implement or scale-up, document and disseminate best practices within the project, together with the MOH and the larger RH/FP community in Uganda and internationally.
  • Coordinate closely with other USAID and other donor funded FP/RH initiatives to enhances results across projects and provide donors with greater value for money
  • Coordinate annual workplan development and quarterly, annual and other program reporting to USAID and other donors, in coordination with the Field Office Managers, the Director for Finance and Operations, the MERL Director and the Chief of Party
  • Plan and coordinate technical and programmatic assistance provided by EngenderHealth’s regional team and headquarters
  • Ensure program compliance with donor policies and regulations and complementarity with other USAID implementing partners and other agencies.
  • Review status of all grants and subawards by activity and overall grant budget and proactively propose revisions, extensions or any appropriate action accordingly.
  • Coordinate with M&E Officers to support data collection and engage with the MERL to ensure use of data for continual improvement, decision-making, and identification of best practices and lessons learned.
  • Organize program needs and resources, prioritize and monitor activities, and supervise and mentor technical staff.
  • Coordinate all project interventions to ensure cross-fertilization of lessons in the different project activities and field offices.
  • Regularly visit field offices to oversee and provide support to project staff and activities.
QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Public Health, development or related field and/or medical degree with public health and management expertise.

Experience/Skills:

  • Minimum of ten years of progressively increasing responsibility managing reproductive health, and family planning programs.
  • Demonstrated five to seven years’ experience of working in reproductive health and family planning programmes in Uganda
  • Demonstrated experience leading innovative projects in which youth and gender transformative approaches are a central focus
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply concepts, strategies and interventions to address health and development issues, with strong background in program design, implementation and M&E.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in several of the following areas: public, private, and/or NGO FP/RH service delivery systems; clinical and non-clinical services; quality improvement/assurance for health services; development of policies, standards, guidelines and curricula; training/capacity-building; and performance improvement systems and approaches.
  • Demonstrated leadership working with other technical advisors, experts, and host country staff from the public, private and NGO sectors.
  • Proven capacity to oversee development/implementation of work plans, reports, and monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Exceptional leadership qualities, depth and breadth of management expertise and experience
  • Experience working with USAID on large-scale programs, including knowledge of USAID regulations and procedures.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as required to field offices and activity sites.
  • Proven ability to multitask, work under pressure and with flexibility.

The position is subject to change based on procurement requirements and is contingent upon EngenderHealth being awarded the project and availability of funds.

TO APPLY

Please visit the careers page at www.engenderhealth.org to submit your details by Friday, 27 September 2019. Please include details of your salary requirements and salary history. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only the short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

EngenderHealth’s vision is a world where sexual and reproductive health rights are respected as human rights, and women and girls have the freedom to reach their full potential. This emphasis on rights directly underpins EngenderHealth’s values and principles: choice, quality, and excellence. To achieve transformational change leading to true social and economic progress, EngenderHealth partners with diverse organizations across sectors with the shared goals of highlighting women’s value to sustainable development.

EngenderHealth provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, ancestry, citizenship, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, political belief, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, marital status, disability or any other protected characteristic or status under applicable federal, state and local laws.

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