Jhpiego seeks a Technical Director to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic and technical integrity for an upcoming project focused on addressing oxygen infrastructure needs in low- and middle-income countries. The project, funded by UNITAID, aims to address the acute oxygen crisis exacerbated by COVID-19. The project will operate over a twelve-month period.
The Technical Director will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management of the project. S/he will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring project quality and integrity. S/he will provide key technical leadership for the project, with a particular focus on health financing and market-based solutions to addressing medical oxygen needs. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with UNITAID on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with host country governments and key stakeholders at all levels, including international entities.
This position is contingent upon award from UNITAID.
Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets
Work closely with Jhpiego staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
Ensure the project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of countries , its people and donors
Ensure compliance with the terms of the award
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with UNITAID, international coordinating mechanisms, future public and private funding entities, relevant country Ministries and other key stakeholders to optimize prospects for success, maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions
Lead the work planning process and related approvals to enable project execution
Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to donor
Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
Provide guidance, in collaboration with staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees
Write and/or review project materials and publications
Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results
Ensure compliance with UNITAID operational policies and regulations.
Advanced degree in public health, health economics, business or a related field;
10 years’ work experience in health programming and 5 years’ successful work experience serving as a technical or project director or senior level management requiring performance on complex, multi-stakeholder, multi-partner initiatives.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out
Previous experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Central or Southeast Asia, with intimate understanding of relevant local health systems and their oxygen ecosystems, related key actors, gaps and opportunities.
Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs
Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships across cultures, across sectors (private, private) with host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs and CSOs
In-depth knowledge of the ecosystem, including demand, supply and delivery dynamics for oxygen, in particular its use for medical purposes
Ability to match needs with opportunities, advancing appropriate solutions to oxygen ecosystem challenges, from financing to quality patient-level delivery and management
Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
Ability to travel nationally and internationally.
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