Management Sciences for Health

  • Deputy Program Director/Technical Director

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    P000 - Proposal
    Reports To
    Program Director
  • Overview

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH) seeks a Deputy Program Director/Technical Director for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded program to improve the performance of national health systems through increasing financial protection; increasing coverage to all populations; increasing quality of essential health services; and improving responsiveness.


    MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.


    This position is subject to project award and funding.


    Overall Responsibilities:

    This position will be responsible for the project’s technical direction, ensuring that staff are aligned with the program vision, goals, and plans to achieve results. With guidance and support of the Program Director, the Deputy Program Director/Technical Director will coordinate the provision of technical services, harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between the project’s core technical objectives. S/he will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches with the clients we serve.

    Specific Responsibilities

    1. Under the guidance of the Program Director, provide technical leadership on the design and implementation of project activities.
    2. Represent the program in high-level technical forums, donor discussions, and to potential clients. When appropriate, act in place of the Program Director.
    3. Lead or coordinate project responses to specific task orders, as required.
    4. Promote a team approach among partners and project staff that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, the achievement of personal and project goals and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed.
    5. Oversee efforts to document project results and disseminate results widely at national, regional and global levels.
    6. With the Program Director and the Director of Finance and Administration, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all project activities.

    Qualifications and Experience

    1. A Master’s degree or above in social science, public health, or other appropriate area is required.

    2. Minimum ten years of experience in progressively responsible, related experience.

    3. At least 5 years of supervisory experience with a proven track record of building teams and fostering collaboration in order to achieve goals, meet milestones, and produce high quality written qualitative, quantitative, and narrative deliverables.

    4. Familiarity with USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.

    5. Strong knowledge of health systems strengthening and systems thinking, including experience with all the following technical areas (and recognized expertise in at least one):

      • Implementing integrated approaches to health systems strengthening
      • Reducing financial barriers to essential health services to ensure equitable coverage across geographies, wealth quintiles and among marginalized groups.
      • Improving the quality of human-centered services to align with evidence-based guidelines and standards of care.
      • Ensuring that health services are transparently governed and accountable to meeting all clients’ needs.
      • Building self-sustaining local capacity, and preparing countries to transition from donor support.

    6. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID and other donor organizations.

    7. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.

    8. Publication record in related area, and demonstrated ability to support and mentor teams to document and disseminate results.

    9. Experience responding to task orders or similar solicitations.

    10. Fluency in English required. Fluency in French preferred. 

    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

    Program Director
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