The Director of Maternal, Newborn and Reproductive Health in Emergencies (MNRHiE) will serve as a critical member of the Emergency Health and Nutrition (EHN) team in the Department of Global Health (DGH) leading the MNRHiE strategy, capacity building, operational planning, and external and internal representation. The Director will lead the MNRHiE team and portfolio in program development and technical support, informing global advocacy efforts, and mobilizing resources for MNRHiE activities. The Director will work closely with development and humanitarian colleagues across DGH and the Department of Humanitarian Response (DHR) in Save the Children U.S. (SCUS) as well as Save the Children International (SCI) country offices to promote and ensure synergy in agency strategies in MNRH and facilitate program learning and innovation as well as building agency-wide capacity. The Director will line-manage MNRHiE staff, including advisors and specialists on MNRH, M&E, and Learning and Development. The position is open for global recruitment with a preference for candidates who can regularly work in or travel to Washington, DC.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Contribute to the creation of strategy for the agency, as a member of the EHN team with leadership in MNRHiE. Lead program design and innovation across MNRHiE programs key areas of focus: newborn health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, family planning, and sexual and reproductive health.
Define and lead Save the Children’s strategy and program delivery for MNRHiE, in collaboration with broader MNRH and EHN colleagues (60% level of effort)
Provide technical leadership for the development and implementation of quality MNRHiE programming around the world.
Sustain and enrich collaboration between key partners to achieve broader reach with MNRHiE programming, including sharing resources and program learning.
Set direction, and lead capacity building efforts, for the agency on MNRHiE at global level and with local partners.
Coordinate MNRHiE work with the broader development-focused MNRH team to ensure synchronized strategy and program approaches.
Engage the broader Save the Children movement, including SCUS, other Save the Children members, SCI, and country offices (COs), in MNRHiE and systematically integrate MNRH in agency’s humanitarian systems at global, regional, and CO levels.
Provide on-site technical assistance and leadership to rapid onset emergencies where the size and scope of the emergency exceeds regional and surge capacity to respond.
Provide oversight and backstopping to ongoing emergency health programs, as needed.
Lead in evaluating progress against strategic plan and vision.
Ensure adherence to donor requirements for reporting and management awards within MNRHiE portfolio.
Line manage several technical staff, including advisors and specialists in MNRH, research, monitoring and evaluation, and learning and development.
Support MNRHiE team members on daily basis to enable strong performance, problem-solve, provide mentorship, and drive results against annual objectives.
Promote professional development for education and learning, and growth within the agency and sector.
Fundraising and Resource Mobilization (15% level of effort)
In collaboration with technical advisors, oversee technical input for country-facing and global MNRHiE program proposals, with particular focus on OFDA, UNHCR, CDC, and private donors.
Actively support the resource development team at SCUS and other members in home donor fundraising activities for MNRHiE.
Identify gaps in global MNRHiE technical programming and develop innovative solutions and fully costed packages of interventions and concept papers.
Manage and enhance donor relationships through regular meetings, phone calls, and progress updates in collaboration with resource development.
Program Learning and Innovation (15% level of effort)
Monitor developments in the field of MNRH, and identity new operations research opportunities.
Lead or contribute to the design, testing, and evaluation of innovations to advance MNRHiE programming with specific reference to those areas identified as MNRH priorities: newborn health, family planning, post-abortion care, adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH).
Identify innovative field-based MNRH best practices and document and promote up-take.
Disseminate technical and project materials to ensure key technical people are up to date on the state of the art.
External Representation (10% level of effort)
Represent SCUS at the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) steering committee level for reproductive health in crises situations.
Develop and sustain partnerships with academic institutes and UN agencies like John Hopkins University, Columbia University, CDC, and UN Agencies (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR)
Serve as spokesperson for MNRHiE related policy and advocacy issues both internally and externally, as needed.
Provide support to global and country level MNRH advocacy efforts.
• Minimum 7-10 years’ experience in public health to include at least 3-5 years’ experience in public health in humanitarian (emergency) settings.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience required.
• Strong level of technical and/or managerial knowledge, skills, and experience to direct the operational activities of a unit or team, or provide technical advice, guidance and management related to various size programs, grants or projects.
• Significant humanitarian experience in developing countries, with experience working in acute and protracted emergency situations.
• Expertise in international best practices in emergencies and understanding of broad range of humanitarian issues and principles.
• Proven track record of designing projects, writing proposals and generating resources.
• Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiastic and flexible team player.
• Collaborative and respectful working styles with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and work settings
• Willingness and ability to work in insecure and hardship environments, with up to 20% of time for international travel.
• Advanced clinical and/or graduate level degree in public health.
• Previous leadership in MNRH at the global level.
Why you should join the Save the Children Team
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
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