Management Sciences for Health

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist

Job ID
New York City, NY or Medford, MA or Arlington, VA
# of Positions
GEN (General)
A000 - None Specified
Application Due Date
Reports To
Talent Acquisition Manager


MSH seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual with experience in recruiting staff for USAID and other international donors to join its Talent Acquisition team to support our Business Development Unit.  The ideal candidate will have experience in international development and in recruiting both local and expatriate staff, ideally within global health.  


The Senior Specialist in Talent Acquisition will primarily be responsible for the recruitment of international and local staff for proposals. 

Primary activities include but are not limited to: collaboration with staff in the Business Development, Budget and HR Partner teams to complete recruitment activities throughout the proposal process; write personnel-related narrative sections as required for proposals; conduct active and proactive recruitment for proposals and current projects; maintain and expand candidate pools within the talent acquisition system; maintain relationships with staff and potential candidates; and keep up with the recruitment contacts and current project staff databases in addition to the recruitment workflow system.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the full spectrum of recruitment activities from: working with proposal and hiring managers and to develop position descriptions; source appropriate candidates through internal and external networks, industry events and utilizing iCIMS data base and online electronic resources; follow standardized processes to screen and select the best candidates, ensuring compliance with all governmental and client employment specifications; negotiate and extend job offers which align with MSH’s compensation philosophy and collect all appropriate documentation and approvals to comply with MSH policies; hand over new hire information to HR team to onboard new employee.
  • Lead and manage complex recruitment assignments that require creative application of recruiting knowledge to identify top talent for MSH vacancies assigned globally, including US-based positions.
  • Create a positive candidate and hiring manager experience through the full cycle of interviews, offer, and acceptance and beyond.
  • Partner with technical groups and business development staff to develop collaborative relationships for bid management and establish strong rapport with hiring managers to understand their staffing needs.
  • Build and maintain database of qualified professionals to rapidly respond to recruiting needs, in addition to sourcing appropriate candidates through a variety of networks, events, databases and online resources.
  • Negotiate offer ensuring that salary, benefits and allowances are within project/proposal budget and comply with donor requirements/regulations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • BA degree in Human Resources, Health, International Studies or relevant field required, or equivalent years of related experience.  
  • Demonstrated success supporting recruiting for employee groups of 500+ employees,  in international locations and with USAID or other similar donors (DfID, World Bank).
  • Working knowledge of current USAID, State Department and other USG funding agencies’ rules and regulations
  • Advanced knowledge of HR and recruiting functions, practices and approaches to include sourcing, research, and cold calling experience with a wide variety of sourcing vehicles, including internet sourcing/advertising, direct sourcing, employee referral campaigns, job fairs and outplacement firms.
  • Outstanding social media skills and strategies, especially in professional applications.
  • Excellent information management skills, with very strong attention to detail and understanding of requirements.
  • Proficiency with Applicant Tracking Systems, MS and Google applications.
  • Excellent writing skills with experience in intercultural communications.
  • A proven methodology for getting hard to source candidates.
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral; fluency in French, and/or Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to travel internationally to countries in which MSH operates.



  • Master's degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Human Resources, Health or International Studies.  SHRM certification and/or AIRS certification a plus.
  • AIRS Certification strongly 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

Talent Acquisition Manager
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