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Senior Technical Director, MNCH/FP/RH

MOMENTUM Round 1 "MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings"

at Corus International

IMA World Health (IMA) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) have joined forces to increase our impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities. The two humanitarian nonprofits are integrating IMA's global health expertise and LWR's work in rural economies and emergency response, creating a unified organization that will help millions more enjoy a healthier, more prosperous tomorrow.

LWR & IMA is seeking highly motivated individuals for a Senior Technical Director for MNCH/FP/RH position for the USAID MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health) APS Round 1 "MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings". The $200 million project seeks to support countries early in their journey to self-reliance to overcome the impacts of fragility on the population's health and contribute to countries' movement along the development continuum toward reduced maternal and child mortality and increased self-reliance.

The Senior Technical Director for MNCH/FP/RH will provide technical leadership and oversight for the upcoming global USAID MOMENTUM Round 1. Key health areas will focus on reproductive health (RH), family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), immunization, nutrition, and WASH. The Senior Technical Director for MNCH/FP/RH will lend technical expertise in the areas listed above with an emphasis on issues for fragile health systems, health system strengthening, access, and social and behavior change (SBC).

The position will operate under the leadership of the Project Director and LWR & IMA’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. The position will be based in DC with extensive travel to target countries. LWR & IMA may be willing to consider this a non-US-based position for candidates with exemplary qualifications.


Ensure technical excellence:

  • Provide technical leadership, oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities

  • 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 including but not limited to:

    • RH/FP

    • MNCH

    • Immunization

    • Nutrition

    • Health Systems Strengthening

  • WASH

  • SBC

  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted services in fragile and complex settings

Support high quality implementation:

  • 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

  • Provide technical assistance for conducting initial rapid assessments post country buy-in, assessing health system fragility and resilience, and developing appropriate strategies to respond

  • Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps, often in difficult settings (i.e., post-conflict or post-natural disaster)

  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across countries, as required

  • Supervise technical staff both located at HQ and remotely


Engage with MOHs, USAID and Partners:

  • 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 (e.g., OFDA, UN agencies, etc.), to ensure that all activities conform to requirements and regulations

  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing LWR & IMA

  • 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

  • Manage 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 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


Required Qualifications

  • 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, with at least five (5) years doing this in countries with fragile settings;

  • Has demonstrated experience in effectively engaging health-focused host country counterparts in both development and humanitarian settings, training and supporting service providers and supervisors in public and private sector health services;

  • Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of designing, implementing, and strengthening the integrated health service delivery, training, supervision and quality improvement systems;

  • Has lived and worked in low and middle income countries for at least 5-7 years, with 2-3 years being in a fragile setting (can be part of the 15 years’ experience in international health programming); and

  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills. Fluency in an additional language is preferred but not required.

  • Ability to interact professionally in French, Arabic, and/or Spanish preferred, but not required

  • Willingness to travel extensively, including to unstable and non-permissive environments.

  • Willingness to support LWR & IMA's Mission

To Apply: qualified applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting fit for the position and resume to with the subject line "Corus Sr Technical Director, Momentum”

About Corus International

We are a family of organizations who believes that those who were born into impossible circumstances deserve the possibility of a better life. The Corus International family includes Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health, Charlie Goldsmith Associates, Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations and LWR Farmers Market Coffee. Our dedicated experts around the globe work together to bring life-saving aid and long-term hope to even the most fragile corners of the world and in the most challenging of circumstances. We connect disciplines, approaches and people because we know that the more collaboration we can efficiently achieve, the wider, more systemic impact we can create. It’s belief and action, in harmony.

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