Technical Director/Deputy Chief of Party

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Full Time
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Date Posted
Sierra Leone
Company Information
Save the Children

Save the Children is submitting a funding proposal to the anticipated USAID-funded Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) in Sierra Leone. The Activity will improve the quality of family planning, maternal newborn child and adolescent health, and malaria services; promote adoption of crucial health behaviors; and strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels.

The Technical Director/Deputy Chief of Party (TD/DCOP) reports directly to the Chief of Party and ensures technical implementation of high impact, proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements. This individual will assume the responsibilities of the COP in their absence. The TD/DCOP will support the COP in coordinating with USAID, key stakeholders, implementing partners, and government representatives and will lead the coordination for technical and operational aspects of the project. In addition, the TD/DCOP will manage the implementation of key program activities throughout the targeted districts, oversee the work of technical staff, and ensure efficient technical and operational support for the project team.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

In collaboration with the COP, ensure that the program is delivered according to the contractual requirement with the donor and government (i.e., that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget, reports are submitted as per agreed schedules, and any other requirements or criteria are fulfilled);
Design and regularly update detailed annual work plans and ensure these are used by the team appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of program objectives;
Ensure technical alignment of programmatic and financial reports for the donor, government, and Save the Children. This includes working closely with the COP and other project staff to ensure reports are of the highest technical quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor. Comply and adhere to the grant compliance regulations of Save the Children as well as USAID;
Mentor and supervise direct reports to achieve their work plan objectives, and to contribute to the achievement of the overall program goals;
Maintain good working relationships with officials, government ministries, implementing partners, and the international and local NGO community;
Work with program staff, Save the Children Technical Advisors, and consortium partners to identify the technical support needs of the program and ensure this support is provided;
Monitor country-level activities, identify challenges, and develop appropriate reporting and results of project activities for the COP including progress and annual reports;
Coordinate closely with the SC offices in administrative and HR matters, especially regarding operations and financial matters as they relate to the program;
Attend and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required.

Master’s Degree in Global Health, Public Health, or International Development or a Medical Degree is ideal; Bachelor’s Degree is required; Prior experience as Deputy Chief of Party or Technical Director, ideally within Sierra Leone or West Africa; Minimum of seven years of professional experience in managing and implementing complex technical projects of similar size and scope in a development context, with a minimum of five years’ experience in the region, ideally in Sierra Leone. This includes deep understanding of family planning and maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health programming priorities; At least three years of demonstrated experience in managing and supervising a technical team and in project design; Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level. Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate successfully with individuals and teams at all levels; In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches, regulations, compliance, and reporting requirements; Demonstrated ability to inspire and enable others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives; Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of local language preferred; Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
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