Technical Director - MOMENTUM APS Fragile States

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 23 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 1 October 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

IMA World Health (IMA) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) have joined forces to increase our impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities. The two humanitarian nonprofits are integrating IMA’s global health expertise and LWR’s work in rural economies and emergency response, creating a unified organization that will help millions more enjoy a healthier, more prosperous tomorrow.

LWR & IMA is seeking highly motivated individuals for a Technical Director position for theUSAID MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health) APS Round 1 “MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings”. The $200 million project seeks to support countries early in their journey to self-reliance to overcome the impacts of fragility on the population’s health and contribute to countries’ movement along the development continuum toward reduced maternal and child mortality and increased self-reliance.

The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and oversight for the upcoming global USAID MOMENTUM Round 1. Key health areas will focus on reproductive health (RH), family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), immunization, nutrition, and WASH. The Technical Director will lend technical expertise in the areas listed above with an emphasis on issues for fragile health systems, health system strengthening, access, and social and behavior change (SBC).

The position will operate under the leadership of the Project Director and LWR & IMA’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. The position will be based in DC with extensive travel to target countries. LWR & IMA may be willing to consider this a non-US-based position for candidates with exemplary qualifications.


Ensure technical excellence:

  • Provide technical leadership, 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
    • Health Systems Strengthening
    • WASH
    • SBC
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted services in fragile and complex settings

Support high quality implementation:

  • Provide technical leadership to the development of project strategic plans, work plans, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with Ministries of Health, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting initial rapid assessments post country buy-in, assessing health system fragility and resilience, and developing appropriate strategies to respond
  • Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps, often in difficult settings (i.e., post-conflict or post-natural disaster)
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across countries, as required
  • Supervise technical staff both located at HQ and remotely

Engage with MOHs, 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 MOHs and other U.S. and international implementing partners (e.g., OFDA, UN agencies, etc.), to ensure that all activities conform to requirements and regulations
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing LWR & IMA
  • 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 Project Director to set project priorities and directions, and respond 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 Master’s In Public Health or equivalent required, medical degree (doctor, midwife, nursing) preferred
  • At least 10 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance to large global donor-funded projects with a similar health focus, and in the design and implementation of health projects; preferably in fragile and complex settings
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: RMNCH; health systems strengthening (fragile and resilient systems); WASH;
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills necessary for strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of healthcare systems in difficult and complex environment, particularly in countries experiencing unexpected shocks and stressors
  • Familiarity 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
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills required
  • Ability to interact professionally in French, Arabic, and/or Spanish preferred, but not required
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including to unstable and non-permissive environments.
  • Willingness to support LWR & IMA’s Mission

About the Organization

IMA World Health is a non-profit, faith-based organization that that offers extensive expertise implementing programs to address integrated health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases, malaria, HIV, non-communicable diseases, and sexual and gender based violence programs in some of the most challenging and post-conflict settings throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. IMA maintains a diverse and complex funding portfolio made up of both grants and contracts that support program services across those countries and totals approximately $100 million annually.

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