Technical Director

  • Posted on 10 December 2019
  • Afghanistan
  • Closing on 29 February 2020
  • Current

Job Description


The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and oversight for an upcoming USAID national health technical assistance project in Afghanistan. The $100-300 million project aims to improve health outcomes through improved utilization of high-impact, sustainable, and quality health and nutrition services across Afghanistan. Key health areas will focus on reproductive health (RH), family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), immunization, nutrition, and Tuberculosis. The project will operate over a 5-year period. The Technical Director will lend technical expertise in the areas listed above with an emphasis on issues of health service quality, access, knowledge/ health seeking behavior, and health governance.

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 support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Females and Males Afghan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Ensure technical excellence:

  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
    • RH/FP
    • MNCH
    • Immunization
    • Nutrition
    • TB
    • Behavior change communication (BCC) for health seeking behavior
    • Health governance
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted services

Support high quality implementation:

  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with the National Ministry of Public Health, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Afghanistan
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service education, and supportive supervision
  • Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps
  • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Supervise technical staff

Engage with MOPH, USAID and Partners:

  • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders, and develop rapid responses
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Public Health and other U.S. and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • 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 service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Manage technical contributions of sub-grantees, including defining scopes of work

Use learning and data to drive action:

  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • 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
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
Required Qualifications
  • A Medical Degree (doctor or nursing) required, in addition to a Master in Public Health preferred
  • At least 10 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance to donor-funded projects with a similar health focus, and in the design and implementation of health projects.
  • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers in relevant disciplines
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service education; performance and quality improvement; health systems strengthening (health financing and health governance); MNCH
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills necessary for strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • amiliarity with USAID’s 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 and working knowledge of Pashto and/or Dari a plus
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites, and internationally to conferences and meetings as needed
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance to donor-funded projects with a similar health focus, and in the design and implementation of health projects; preferably in Afghanistan
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Afghan healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Afghanistan preferred

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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