Closing Date : 2020-01-31
Duty Station : Herat, Afghanistan
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Organization: Jhpiego
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 31 Jan 2020

The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and oversight for an upcoming USAID national health technical assistance project in Afghanistan. The $100-300 million project aims to improve health outcomes through improved utilization of high-impact, sustainable, and quality health and nutrition services across Afghanistan. Key health areas will focus on reproductive health (RH), family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), immunization, nutrition, and Tuberculosis. The project will operate over a 5-year period. The Technical Director will lend technical expertise in the areas listed above with an emphasis on issues of health service quality, access, knowledge/ health seeking behavior, and health governance.

The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego 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. Females and MalesAfghan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Ensure technical excellence:

Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activitiesEstablish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activitiesProvide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to: RH/FPMNCHImmunizationNutritionTBBehavior change communication (BCC) for health seeking behaviorHealth governanceLead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted services

Support high quality implementation:

Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with the National Ministry of Public Health, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the awardDevelop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of AfghanistanProvide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service education, and supportive supervisionIdentify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gapsIdentify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needsCoordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as requiredSupervise technical staff

Engage with MOPH, USAID and Partners:

Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders, and develop rapid responsesCollaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Public Health and other U.S. and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulationsActively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing JhpiegoWork 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 servicesWork closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterpartsManage 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 implementationDocument 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 requestedDocument and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approachesAuthor/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferencesRequired QualificationsA Medical Degree (doctor or nursing) required, in addition to a Master in Public Health preferredAt least 10 years experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance to donor-funded projects with a similar health focus, and in the design and implementation of health projects.Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers in relevant disciplinesDemonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levelsSkilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service education; performance and quality improvement; health systems strengthening (health financing and health governance); MNCHDemonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills necessary for strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-levelamiliarity with USAID s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systemsProven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team workExcellent 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 sectorExpertise in research to practice identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contextsExcellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English and working knowledge of Pashto and/or Dari a plusAbility to travel nationally to project sites, and internationally to conferences and meetings as neededPreferred QualificationsExperience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance to donor-funded projects with a similar health focus, and in the design and implementation of health projects; preferably in AfghanistanDemonstrated in-depth understanding of the Afghan healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Afghanistan preferred
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