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Management Sciences for Health Technical Director in Arlington VA or Medford MA, United States

MSH seeks a Technical Director to provide technical leadership and direction for an estimated $80 million, five-year health systems strengthening global project, referred to as the Health Systems for Tuberculosis (HS4TB) Task Order, which will work in up to 24 countries known. The HS4TB Task Order is within the scope of the USAID’s Integrated Health Systems (IHS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract, and its purpose is to support achievement of tuberculosis goals through providing support for health systems strengthening.


This position will be responsible for all HS4TB program and technical direction, ensuring that staffing is aligned with HS4TB vision, goals, and plans to achieve program results. With guidance and support of the Project Director, the Technical Director will coordinate the provision of technical services, harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between project program areas. S/he will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches for timely delivery of services to the clients we serve including but not limited to timely producing high quality deliverables and documentation of project’s successes and lessons learned for local and international audiences.

  • Actualize the project’s technical vision and strategy to respond to the needs of all HS4TB task order buy-ins from USAID field missions and headquarters.

  • Provide technical leadership and oversight for the project and ensure the successful implementation of project activities and timely reporting.

  • Maintain a HS4TB/USAID partnership that engenders trust and respect and build USAID’s confidence in MSH’s technical ability to get the job done.

  • Work in close collaboration with the project leadership team to ensure coordinated, efficient and effective technical support for project buy-in countries.

  • Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level technical performance, creative and innovate approaches, and the achievement of project objectives.

  • Align human resources with project work plans and emerging SOWs from the USAID Missions, including recruitment of human resources and consultants.

  • Set technical direction and lead/participate in annual work plan development, implementation, and review.

  • Direct efforts to write technical concept notes and develop new buy-in proposals, and ensure project technical alignment with buy-in country and USAID technical policies and strategies in each country.

  • Contribute to a knowledge management system where learning from grassroots and countries is documented and shared to influence new programming and expand the global knowledge base on health systems strengthening.

  • Identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation creating synergies between various program technical areas.

  • Bachelor’s or Advanced degree in a public health, public policy or a related discipline combined with the following minimum years of direct relevant experience working in health systems in low and middle income countries:

  • 15 years of direct relevant experience with Bachelor’s degree

  • 12 years of relevant experience with Master’s degree

  • 10 years of relevant experience with JD/ABD (all but dissertation)

  • 8 years of relevant experience with PhD

  • The Direct Relevant Experience must be in the management or implementation of development activities in/for low and middle-income countries (LMICs);

  • In addition, of the years of Direct Relevant Experience, at least five years of experience while physically based in the country/region of implementation (e.g. Tanzania Deputy Chief of Party, based in Tanzania; Senior Technical Advisor for West Africa, based in Ghana) is preferred.

  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience operating with technical proficiency within the global HSS community on matters related to health financing and governance in LMIC countries.

  • Demonstrated technical expertise in at least one, and preferably both, of the following areas: health financing and health governance.

  • Fluency in English oral and written communication is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally in one or more relevant foreign languages (e.g., French, Spanish, Portuguese) is preferred, but not required.

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.

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.


ID: 13-10787

Group/Office: GHSI (Global Health Systems Innovation)

Dept/Unit: GHSIHS - GHSI Health System Strengthening

Project/Program: P000 - Proposal

External Company URL: https://www.msh.org