Technical Director - Global COVID-19 Program

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 June 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 19 September 2020
  • Proposal

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact is recruiting for a Technical Director for an upcoming global project based in Washington, DC - New Partnership Initiative (NPI) – Global Health, COVID-19 program, which will support interventions that will build upon and expand USAID’s efforts to leverage the roles of communities to strengthen and adapt existing community health platforms to support national policies and implementation plans for COVID-19 preparedness and response (non-pharmaceutical interventions) and continuity of existing primary healthcare services based on national guidelines and needs/priorities to create lasting structures for future response.

The Technical Director will serve as the project’s technical lead and be responsible for technical leadership, quality and supervision of project activities, working closely with the Project Director, project team, and partners. The position will manage the technical team, oversee the delivery of results-oriented technical assistance and capacity strengthening support to local partners, and ensure technical priorities are in line with the objectives of the award, needs of communities, and complement ongoing efforts by governments and stakeholders in the COVID-19 response. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Project Director to ensure that technical direction for the program is fully disseminated among staff, implementing partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Build relations with key stakeholders, and actively collaborates with the USAID and implementing partners to effectively support program implementation and address technical questions and challenges.
  • Oversee technical assistance and capacity building to local implementing partners for design, adaptation and delivery of contextually appropriate COVID-19 interventions.
  • Ensure that program activities reflect best practices and guidelines for COVID-19 from World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), USAID, and others.
  • Actively engages with regional partners, private sector and similar donor programs to promote effective collaboration and cooperation across the global COVID-19 pandemic response effort.
  • Promotes evidence-based methodologies and tools, promising innovations and project learning through the USAID Collaborating, Learning, & Adapting (CLA) approach.
  • Represent the program at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID’s programmatic leadership and the role of Pact and its local partners in the COVID-19 response.
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in international development, public health, or a related field of study.
  • At least eight (8) years international development work experience providing technical advice, designing and implementing infectious disease programs and leading multi-sectoral teams in developing country contexts. (For candidates with a Ph.D. in public health, international education development, economics, or a related field of study, 10 years of work experience is required).
  • Experience in the design, delivery and quality assurance of the implementation of infectious disease control programs.
  • Experience in supporting national institutional systems strengthening and capacity development of local and regional implementing partners is highly desired.
  • Experience implementing rapid response programs is desired.
  • Prior knowledge of and experience implementing USAID-funded infectious disease and/or health programs preferred;
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse teams of employees.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners.
  • Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to travel internationally periodically.
  • Eligibility to work in the US required.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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