Save the Children is seeking a Technical Director for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded RISE II Health Services Delivery Activity program in the Centre-Nord region of Burkino Faso and the Maradi and Zinder regions of Niger. This transformational program focuses on achieving improved health, family planning and nutrition outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under five years old. The foundation of success depends on working with a number of partners, multiple complementary USAID investments, and most importantly, the governments of Burkina Faso and Niger. This position will be based in either Ougadougou, Burkino Faso or Niamey, Niger with frequent travel between both countries (up to 50%).
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Lead and oversee the development and delivery of a high quality, innovative, cost effective and sustainable program resulting in improved health, family planning and nutrition outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under five years old.
- Provide technical leadership to implement the program to achieve four intermediate results: 1) Strengthened health systems, 2) Increased supply of quality health, family planning and nutrition services, 3) Improved health, family planning, hygiene and nutritional practices, and 4) Increased access to affordable, nutrition safe foods.
- Provide technical and program oversight in the design and day-to-day management of implementation, keeping in mind that although the technical approaches may be conceptually similar in both countries, the implementation may vary significantly.
- Ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.
- Collaborate closely with the Ministries of Health in each country and key USAID Implementing Partners and other donors and key stakeholders. Based on collaboration and in consultation with USAID, refine and adjust technical approaches and annual work plans.
- Document and disseminate innovation and good practices.
- Master’s Degree in public health, international development or related field.
- Minimum of 8 years’ experience with progressively increasing responsibility for designing, managing and implementing complex health, family planning and nutrition programming in developing countries involving multiple stakeholders and implementing partners
- Five years’ experience implementing large scale USAID funded projects and designing and implementing Health Delivery Services preferably in West Africa
- Demonstrated hands-on experience in building community and Ministry of Health capacity to provide quality health services
- Ability to collaborate and liaise with senior MoH officials, other USAID implementing partners, other relevant health sectors programs, and senior members of the donor community
- Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts from multi-cultural backgrounds and fostering team work
- Strengths in inspiring and enabling others through training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.
- Ability to travel up to 50% of the time.
- Strong oral, written, and presentations skills in English and French.
- Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Burkino Faso and Niger is preferred.
Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. As a humanitarian agency, Save the Children is obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and promote the implementation of its child safeguarding policy. All representatives of Save the Children – employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, Board members and others who work with children on Save the Children’s behalf – are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.
Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.