Management Sciences for Health

Senior Technical Advisor, Family Planning

Job ID
# of Positions
GEN (General)
P000 - Proposal
Reports To
Technical Director/Deputy Chief of Party


MSH seeks a Senior Technical Advisor for Family Planning to provide technical vision for an anticipated regional planning and reproductive health program aimed at increasing the access and use of family planning services: Amplify-FP.  The program will be the flagship family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) project of the USAID/West Africa Regional Health Office. Amplify-FP will emphasize key high impact practices (HIPs) to help achieve the goals of the Ouagadougou Partnership of achieving 2.2 million additional FP users by 2020. Amplify-FP aims to strategically and deliberately support replication and scale up of key HIPs in large urban and peri-urban centers, in order to sustainably build and scale these approaches within four target countries (Burkina Faso, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger) and model this for the region.


The Senior Technical Advisor for Family Planning works in close collaboration with the Chief of Party and Technical Director and serves as a member of the project management team.  S/he assists the Chief of Party with monitoring project progress against benchmarks. S/he will be responsible for the successful implementation of Family Planning HIPs at integrated learning centers and ensuring replication and scale up by other partners.


This position is contingent upon award. The successful candidate will be asked to include a statement about his/her innovative vision to teach/train others to understand and better implement the key HIPs proposed in this application, and how s/he will use her background to implement it.


Specific Responsibilities

  1. Provide technical and, as relevant, managerial direction and support to the project team to ensure high quality implementation of services, adherence to and fulfillment of programmatic activities within budgetary guidelines and compliance with project award requirements.
  2. Responsible with the Technical Director for the replication of Amplify-FP’s HIPs.
  3. Collaborates closely with key government officials in the Ministries of Health, NGOs and with partners, as part of the development of country program strategies to develop mechanisms that assure sustainability in delivery of quality service delivery.
  4. Work with program staff in the countries to ensure that adequate systems exist to gather data, and local capacity is developed to prepare and regularly review programs and logistical systems. Also ensures that technical assistance to the districts is timely, targeted, effective, and efficient
  5. Coordinates the activities of all subcontractors and sub grantees in regard of their technical contributions to the project.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Masters’ degree or higher in public health, nursing, midwifery, or similar relevant field in required.
  2. At least twelve (12) years’ experience of progressively responsible work experience required, including at least seven (7) years in senior project management role(s) of FP/RH projects with similar size and complexity.
  3. Experience with developing and implementing FP/RH quality assurance standards highly preferred.
  4. Direct experience with youth and adolescent FP/RH programs is strongly preferred.
  5. Experience preferred with testing and adapting service delivery models and approaches in a variety of African contexts.
  6. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are required.
  7. Fluency in French (3S/3R minimum) and English (4S/4R) are required.
  8. Ability to travel to focus countries and region  up to 30% time.

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

Technical Director/Deputy Chief of Party
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