Technical Director - MOMENTUM Round 3a at Pathfinder International in Washington, Washington DC

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

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

Washington, DC


Pathfinder is seeking a Technical Director who will be responsible for providing overall strategic direction and technical leadership in MNCH/FP/RH for an upcoming 5-year USAID-funded program. The primary focus of this global program will be to improve access to and quality of safe surgical care within maternal health and family planning programs in USAID priority countries through the use and scale-up of evidence-based MNCH/FP/RH service delivery interventions and best practices.

The Technical Director will provide overall strategic direction and technical leadership for the quality and provision of clinical and preventive health services to meet the needs of populations in country programs, support project staff in the field to strengthen the capacity of host-country counterparts to implement evidence-based and high-impact services, and evaluate the quality and outcomes of project interventions. The Technical Director will collaborate and coordinate with technical team leads of other USAID Momentum Rounds to ensure that Round 3a implementation is based on the most up-to-date standards and guidelines and will contribute to global leadership discussions with USAID and other international bodies.

The Technical Director will guide the team in accelerating evidence-based, nationally-led efforts to increase awareness of, equitable access to, and quality of safe surgical care specific to: (1) medically-indicated CD, (2) childbirth-related hysterectomy, (3) obstetric and iatrogenic fistula, and (4) voluntary LARCs and PMs . The Technical Director will operate under the leadership of the Project Director and Pathfinder's senior management team and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with the project team and partners, the Technical Director 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. Pathfinder may be willing to consider this as a non-US-based position for candidates with exemplary qualifications.

Key Job Outcomes:
  • Provide technical leadership, oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead formulation of innovative approaches for scale-up of targeted services in complex settings.
  • Participate in country co-creation activities to ensure alignment between global-level and country-level plans, priorities, roles, and expectations.
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting initial rapid assessments post country buy-in, assessing health system, and developing appropriate strategies to respond.
  • Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps.
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across countries, as needed.
  • Supervise technical staff both located at HQ and remotely.
  • Develop scopes of work and oversee performance of consultants and short-term TA providers.
  • 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 to ensure that all activities conform to requirements and regulations.
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Pathfinder.
  • 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.
  • Oversee technical contributions of sub-grantees, including defining scopes of work.
  • 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 .
  • Contribute to Pathfinder thought leadership in the field of safe surgical care, especially relating to medically indicated cesarean section, hysterectomy, obstetric and iatrogenic fistula and voluntary LARCs & PMs

  • Has a clinical or public health graduate degree, with at least fifteen (15) years' experience in international health programming, including at least ten (10) years' experience in senior-level clinical/technical positions and experience designing, implementing, teaching, and/or managing integrated MNCH/FP/RH clinical and preventive service delivery, at facility and community level, and public or private sectors.
  • Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of designing, implementing, and strengthening integrated health service delivery, training, supervision and quality improvement systems.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills, with proven ability to liaise effectively with and collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including global (WHO, UNICEF, FP2020, Gavi, etc.), regional (WAHO, ADB, etc.), national, local, public and private partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of/experience supporting project M&E, research, learning, and CLA activities.
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills. Fluency in additional languages is preferred but not required.
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Willingness to support Pathfinder's Mission .

Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.