Management Sciences for Health

Technical Director MNCH/FP

Job ID
# of Positions
BRD (Business Resource Development)
P000 - Proposal
Reports To
Deputy Chief of Party


MSH seeks a Technical Director for the anticipated five-year USAID/Zimbabwe Integrated MNCH/FP Activity. The goal of the activity is to improve the health of women, youth, and children in Manicaland by strengthening maternal, newborn, child health and family planning (MNCH/FP) service delivery throughout the continuum of care from the home, to the community, to the primary care facility, and to the tertiary referral hospital. This position is subject to project award and funding.


The Technical Director will be responsible for leading the project’s provision of technical assistance at, Manicaland Province, their Health Facilities (HFs), and served communities to ensure the implementation of high quality, high impact maternal, newborn, child health and family planning (MNCH/FP) services. The Technical Director will provide oversight and technical direction in the Zimbabwean context, including the design, implementation, monitoring, and documentation of the implementation and impact of these interventions. The Technical Director leads the assessment of current health systems, constraints, and priorities, developing and scaling up enhanced programs in line with the Zimbabwe MOH and USAID strategic directions. H/She will serve as a member of the core technical leadership team based in Mutare, Manicaland Province.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Design and lead the provision of technical and other assistance to districts, HFs, and their served communities to implement new initiatives and innovations and improve their sustained capacity to deliver high quality, high impact MNCH/FP health interventions and services.
  2. S/he has primary responsibility for the general oversight of all technical assistance in the development of health system management capacities and management tools.
  3. As needed, the Senior Advisor gives guidance and support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and PEPFAR/USAID in the development of policies that promote strong health systems and stewardship of new technical ideas and identifies and track new opportunities.
  4. Supervise a team of technical staff that provides direct technical and other assistance to districts, HFs, and communities.
  5. Maintain a strong working partnership with the MOH, USAID, and supported district health teams, HFs, and communities.
  6. Participate in the development of the project strategic and operational plans, overseeing the development and successful implementation of the annual work plans.
  7. Strengthen the continuum of care model from facility to community to improve linkages and referrals throughout the system including community services, health centres and hospitals.
  8. Participate in and play a leading role in project reporting and analysis and use of strategic information

Qualifications and Experience

  1. A medical degree with additional post-graduation qualifications (e.g. post graduate degree in public health, obstetrics and gynecology or pediatrics) is strongly preferred.
  2. A minimum of 8 years’ related experience with 10 years of progressively responsible preferred, of professional-level experience managing public health and health delivery with emphasis on RH/FP/MCH; clinical skills and experience is required. Experience working in Zimbabwe on health–related activities strongly desired:
  3. Designing, managing, and implementing complex, large scale public health programs.
  4. Experience in leading a highly successful HSS program in Zimbabwe or in a similar setting.
  5. Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the major issues affecting FP/RH/MCH in all geographical regions of Zimbabwe, with in-depth knowledge of the implementation of FP/RH/MCH programs in Zimbabwe.
  6. Demonstrated understanding of programs and organizational aspects of major international donors, organizations, foundations and private sector organizations that support Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health and Family planning.
  7. Proven experience with management and monitoring of development programs in theMNCH and Family Planning health arena.
  8. Demonstrated technical expertise in managing provision of technical support in HSS and capacity building to government institutions in leadership, management, or governance; demonstrated ability to develop linkages with other organizations, including the private sector.
  9. Experience working in decentralized health service delivery within sub-Saharan Africa.
  10. Experience working with Ministries of Health at various levels in the health sector, and an understanding of their structures, systems and policies.
  11. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with donors, project stakeholders, in-country collaborators, and staff at all levels of the organization.
  12. Must be an effective public speaker; able to present to small groups as well as larger audiences that could include donors, partners and/or MoH staff.
  13. Excellent cross-cultural interpersonal skills. Proven ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff, clients and consultants.
  14. Ability to travel within Zimbabwe as required.
  15. Fluency in written and spoken English and demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate and document, including the writing of quality reports and detailed analysis of strategic information, using computer programs such as Word, Excel, Power-point.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Deputy Chief of Party
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