RTI International is seeking Technical Director candidates for an anticipated USAID Cote d’Ivoire integrated health project (malaria, maternal and child health and family planning). The Technical Director will have primary responsibility for overseeing, supporting, and mentoring the technical teams to achieve the project’s stated goals. With the Chief of Party (COP), the Technical Director will be responsible for all technical aspects of the project, i.e. that interventions implemented are aligned with national strategies and plans, follow national and international standards and guidance, are technically state-of-the-art and sound, and as effective and impactful as possible. The Director will lead a team of technical experts contributing to achievement of programmatic results. The position will be based with RTI in Abidjan and local travel will be required. Position is contingent upon award and funding.Responsibilities:
- Oversees and leads team to design, implement and monitor implementation of technical activities pertaining to the integrated delivery and scale up of proven malaria, MNCH, family planning, reproductive health and health systems strengthening interventions. Ensures technical rigor of approaches and activities in line with global, regional, and country-specific best practices.
- Develops and adapts technical strategies, approaches, and activities to achieve objectives, and applies and contextualizes global best practices and learning to the Cote d ’Ivorian setting.
- In collaboration with the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) Director, monitors program results and is responsible for ensuring that the project provides high quality services, meets its annual targets, and maximizes positive outcomes.
- Ensures coordination and collaboration with other USAID and non-USAID implementing partners and cross-sector programs, as appropriate.
- Represents RTI in national level technical working groups, committees, etc.
- Ensures the timely and quality completion of all program technical deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
- Oversees and coordinates activities of regionally dispersed staff. Directly supervises technical leads.
- Advanced degree in epidemiology or public health, with at least twelve (12) years’ experience in international health programming, including at least five years’ experience in senior level management positions and experience leading large and complex health projects. Medical degree or PhD highly preferred.
- Demonstrated credibility as a leader in malaria, infectious disease, HSS and MNCH/FP/RH programming in Cote d’Ivoire and/or in partnership with the MOH strongly desired.
- Experience in directing, managing, implementing, and evaluating large, complex projects involving the collection, analysis, and presentation of health data that covers the full range of technical, field, and administrative skills required for successful implementation.
- Demonstrated experience in effectively engaging partners and managing multi-partner collaboration in the field.
- Experience in strengthening the capacity of government and stakeholder staff as well as local organization counterparts and communities.
- Demonstrated ability to manage staff and decentralized branch/field offices.
- Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with USAID, government counterparts at all levels, local organizations, and other program partners.
- Ability to develop a common vision among partners and lead multi-disciplinary teams.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal and management skills.
- Excellent proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Fluency in French and English (tested FSI R3/S3).
- Work experience in Cote d’Ivoire is strongly preferred.
- Cote d’Ivoire citizens/nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Willingness and ability to travel frequently within Cote d’Ivoire.