Technical Director

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 February 2020

Job Description

Overview

This position will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating technical operations, ensuring that allocations of technical resources are aligned with the program’s vision, goals, and plans to achieve expected results. With guidance and support from the Country Program Director (CPD), the Technical Director will coordinate the provision of technical services, harmonize efforts, and maximize synergy and integration among program areas and technical units. Along with the CPD and the other senior staff, s/he will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply problem-solving, proactive, and results-based approaches for timely delivery of results to the clients we serve.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Leadership and Managerial Oversight (100%)

  • Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight for the program technical team and ensure the efficient implementation of project activities, and regular and ad-hoc reporting of those activities to USAID and MTaPS headquarters.
  • Supervise, mentor, and build the capacity of the in-country technical team to develop and implement technical assistance and capacity development plans that lead to the effective implementation of the program’s strategy, objectives, and work plan.
  • Oversee and coordinate international short-term technical assistance to ensure alignment with the workplan and achievement of programmatic goals.
  • Assist CPD with coordinating collaboration with partners, donors, clients, and stakeholders, including MTaPS headquarters technical experts. Maintain the program’s partnerships to ensure performs highly, engenders trust and respect, and builds USAID’s confidence in MSH’s ability to lead and deliver.
  • Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative methods, achievement of project goals and results, and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed.
  • Advise the CPD in alignment of human resources with project work plans and emerging scope of work (SOW) from the donors, MSH, and partners, including on external sourcing of human resources, consultants, and sub-contractors.
  • Under the guidance of CPD, MTaPS home office, and USAID Mission, set direction and coordinate annual work plan development, implementation, and review. S/he will ensure alignment of work plan with DOH, other government agencies, and USAID frameworks and strategies.
  • Coordinate efforts to write concept notes and new approaches to address emerging programming challenges identified by donors, counterparts, MSH, and MTaPs Program headquarters.
  • Coordination the technical team and provide guidance on ad-hoc and regular review and analysis of data, including global and country-specific indicators to measure program performance, to identify risks to project implementation, and to define evidence-based actions to mitigate them, and designing new or expanded activities.
  • Coordinate the technical teams on development of success stories, content to website and social media, guidelines, articles, papers, and other types of publications.
  • Coordinate the senior technical team to monitor implementation of activities, ensuring that deliverables are completed with quality and on time, using standard tools in collaboration with MTaPS home office technical teams.
  • Contribute to the project knowledge management system.
  • Work in close collaboration with the CPD and Finance and Operations Unit to ensure coordinated and effective operational support for the program.
  • Serve as a member of the MTaPS Philippines Leadership Team. With the CPD and other senior members of the Field Office, adapt and implement technical excellence standards and management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities of the project.
  • Represent MTaPS Philippines in meetings, conferences, and other events, as required.
  • Act in place of the CPD, when appropriate.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or above in public health, epidemiology, or related field.

Experience:

  • 7 years of related experience at senior manager level.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • In depth skill and experience in procurement and supply chain management, health systems strengthening, and other pharmaceutical service-related areas, such as governance, private sector engagement, information systems and resource management, rational use of medicines and medical products, regulatory system, and antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level personnel, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, PEPFAR, and other development organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID funded projects is required.
  • Must have a proven track record of building teams and fostering collaboration in order to achieve goals, meet milestones, and produce high quality written qualitative, quantitative, and narrative deliverables.
  • Track record of strong commitment to knowledge sharing, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Fluency in English is required (oral and written).
  • Good judgment for decision making.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to build consensus and constructively lead a team.

Competencies:

  • Collaborative leadership approach that contributes to positive team environment and builds strong relationships with people from all backgrounds, genders, cultures, and viewpoints.
  • Excellent ability to build personal networks at all levels, resulting in securing new opportunities and strategic growth for the organization in relation to the practice area.
  • Energetic, forward-thinking, and creative with intellectual flexibility and depth and strong ethical reasoning.
  • High level capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings, complex environments, and fragile states.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams towards a shared vision.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically up to 40% of the time.

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.


EXPERTISE


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.

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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.

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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.

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