Technical Director

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 March 2021

Job Description

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Technical Director

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal.

Summary:

Pathfinder is seeking a Technical Director for the anticipated USAID-funded adolescent reproductive health/family planning (RH/FP) project in Nepal. The Technical Director will oversee and provide overall technical leadership and direction for the adolescent RH/FP technical component including the design, implementation, and monitoring of high impact adolescent FP/RH interventions. S/he will develop and motivate a highly effective adolescent RH/FP team. S/he will contribute to creating a learning culture through innovation and knowledge sharing and will maintain excellent relationships with government counterparts. The Technical Director will have an appropriate balance of relevant technical, leadership, advocacy, and academic experience. S/he must have deep understanding and extensive experience in implementing evidence-based interventions that integrate and strengthen key approaches to improve RH/FP outcomes.

** Strong Preference for Nepali citizens

Key Job Outcomes:

  • Lead the technical design of the program’s FP/RH strategies and activities, including quality through the implementation of state-of-the-art strategies and application of key USAID approaches, including FP High Impact Practices .
  • Support the establishment and expansion of innovative and effective interventions for reaching adolescents, youth, young couples, and underserved or marginalized populations.
  • Supervise, mentor and coach a team of technical officers responsible for day-to-day implementation of FP/RH activities, providing ongoing support to ensure technical excellence and high-quality implementation.
  • Provide technical leadership and support to project staff and partners for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating adolescent RH/FP activities for the accomplishment of project objectives.
  • Lead the preparation of annual work planning, training plans, quarterly reports and other required technical reports. Stay up-to date on global best practices, new developments and emerging issues in RH/FP that affect program priorities.
  • Liaise with other relevant project teams to ensure linkages of clinical and community RH/FP services and
  • Monitor project performance and leads course corrections to the adolescent RH/FP technical component to ensure project objectives are achieved or exceeded; ensure data is applied to improve program quality and enhance reach and impact.
  • Document and disseminate key lessons learned.
  • Initiate and nurtures partnerships with new and existing adolescent RH/FP and AY stakeholders/partners.
  • Manage close collaborative relationships with adolescent RH/FP host country agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations.
  • Represent the project as needed; serve as the Chief of Party (COP) in COP’s absence.

Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Flexibility, Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Demonstrated commitment to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, safe abortion, family planning, gender, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
  • Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills using French and English languages. Other language skills welcome. Nepali preferred.
  • Community Relations: Experience in facilitating working relationships between partners, government officials, and communities.
  • Software Applications: Working knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related matters.

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in public health, political sciences, social sciences, gender studies, international development or related field.
  • Minimum 8 years of senior-level experience implementing donor-funded adolescent reproductive health/family programs in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of adolescent RH/FP, advocacy efforts, and gap analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based FP/RH and AH strategies, tools, and methodologies.
  • Experience working with adolescent RH/FP programs implemented by both the public and private sectors.
  • Experience collaborating with government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, international donor agencies, civil society, and community-based organizations.
  • Experience with USAID and/or similar donors’ approaches, funding policies, rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated management, leadership, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong speaking and writing skills in English; Nepali speaking and writing preferred.
  • Knowledge of the context in Nepal, including relevant government processes and policies.
  • Previous experience working in Nepal, preference for Nepali nationals.

Other Information:

  • Job location – we are seeking a person based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Ability and willingness to travel In-county as well as to the US Headquarters. Travel throughout the project area in Nepal will be required (up to 35%).
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer
  • Successful candidate must have the ability to work at home.
  • Please Note: This position is contingent upon project award and funding.

About the Organization

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

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