Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP),Technical Director Jobs in Rwanda



The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is a global, USAID Cooperative Agreement operating in 24 high priority countries to introduce and support high-impact health interventions with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation. The Program is focused on ensuring that all women, newborns and children most in need have equitable access to quality health care services to save lives. USAID’s MCSP supports programming in maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, health systems strengthening, water/sanitatio
n/hygiene, malaria, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and pediatric HIV care and treatment. USAID’s MCSP engages governments, policymakers, private sector leaders, health care providers, civil society, faith-based organizations and communities in adopting and accelerating proven approaches to address the major causes of maternal, newborn and child mortality such as postpartum hemorrhage, birth asphyxia and diarrhea, respectively, and improve the quality of health services, from household to hospital. Rwanda’s MCSP program aims to reduce child and maternal mortality through increased coverage and utilization of high-impact low cost reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) interventions and innovative new approaches and to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to manage and scale up high-impact RMNCH interventions.
MCSP Rwanda is hiring a Technical Director (TD) who will work as an integral part of the technical and management teams reporting to the Chief of Party. The Technical Director will provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of MCSP in Rwanda. The TD will work closely with the COP, who is responsible for the overall strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial management of MCSP Rwanda. The TD will also work with the technical team leads and program manager to ensure that resources are applied appropriately (e.g. human, financial and material). Responsibilities include overseeing annual work planning, implementation and reporting of project activities, representing MCSP to donors and partners, and management of the project as required. The TD will also contribute to the strategy and management of the MCSP Rwanda Office. In the absence of the COP, the TD may be required to undertake the responsibilities of that position on a temporary basis.
Responsibilities:
  • Oversee, and provide programmatic leadership for (in coordination with the COP), the strategic planning of activities in support of the program goals and objectives, including the determination of program priorities and appropriate technical initiatives
  • Develop or strengthen strategies that scale up RMNCH and Malaria services in the project sites
  • Coordinate the work of all team members with their designated counterparts within the local government units, the MOH, USAID, as well as any other key stakeholders in Rwanda, to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities
  • Advise Rwandan counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant advisory and/or working groups with counterparts and partner institutions
  • Provide leadership in the design of interventions ensuring that interventions are technically sound, evidence-based, include high impact practices and are sustainable
  • Represent MCSP in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations In close collaboration with the COP, coordinate and monitor all human, financial and material resources of the MCSP program to ensure successful implementation
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, Rwanda MOH, COP, M&E Director, Technical Team Leads and other key partners
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis and reporting of MCSP outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Director.
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in concert with program goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Oversee the development of training curricula and quality improvement systems related to maternal and child health.
  • Write and/or review technical components of materials and publications related to MCSP and its development
  • Ensure resources for program implementation are available
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
  • Work closely with MCSP HQ office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
  • Ensure technical compliance with USAID
Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in public health, health administration, Medical or Nursing degree preferred
  • A minimum of 8 – 10 years project management experience (of which at least half is in a mid-to-senior management position) in large, multi-year international health sector development programs that have implemented successful activities in areas such as maternal, newborn and child health, family planning, malaria, health systems strengthening and/or social and behavior change communication
  • Demonstrated strong technical and programmatic knowledge and experience in the following areas: maternal health, child health, newborn health, family planning, malaria, health systems strengthening and/or social and behavior change communication
  • Demonstrated expertise working in a leadership capacity with international donors, senior government officials and policymakers
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID programs, regulations, compliance and reporting
  • Minimum 2 years previous experience working in Rwanda, with intimate understanding of local health system and MNCH gaps and opportunities
  • Excellent program and financial management skills
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to travel nationally (frequently) and internationally
  • Rwandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply
To apply for this position, please email your CV and cover letter to HR.Rwanda@jhpiego.org by April 28, 2017. Please put the position title in the subject line. For further information on USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, please go to www.mcsprogram.org
If you don’t hear from us within one month from the submission deadline, consider your application unsuccessful.
Note:
MCSP/Jhpiego is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment because of age, religion, tribe, race, colour, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, military status, marital status, family responsibility, station of life, political opinion, health (includes HIV/AIDS, pregnancy) socioeconomic status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Employment and promotion for any position are based on an individual’s qualifications and merit. Jhpiego does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, orientation or any other fees).

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