Technical Director, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health

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Full Time
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Date Posted
Washington DC
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IMA World Health

IMA World Health (IMA) and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) have joined forces to increase our impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and promoting healthier families and communities. The two humanitarian nonprofits are integrating IMA’s global health expertise and LWR’s work in rural economies and emergency response, creating a unified organization that will help millions more enjoy a healthier, more prosperous tomorrow.

LWR & IMA is seeking highly motivated individuals for a Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) Lead position for the USAID MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health) APS Round 1 “MNCH/FP/RH Service Delivery in Fragile Settings.” The $200 million projects seek to support countries early in their journey to self-reliance to overcome the impacts of fragility on the population’s health and contribute to countries’ movement along the development continuum toward reduced maternal and child mortality and increased self-reliance.

The MNH Lead will provide technical leadership and oversight for the upcoming global USAID MOMENTUM Round 1. The MNH Lead will lend technical expertise in MNH with an emphasis on issues for fragile health systems and access.

The position will operate under the leadership of the Senior Technical Director for MNH/FP/RH and will help ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all MNH project activities. In collaboration with the project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID and may be based in DC or one of the project target countries.


  • Provide technical leadership and strategic direction in MNH components of the project; understand project vision and objectives while providing technical leadership and assistance to country-level MNH technical staff.
  • Provide MNH technical leadership to overall project management, including the development of work plans and budgets, implementation, reporting and M&E, and compliance with the requirements and regulations of the award.
  • Identify and oversee the provision of appropriate short- and long-term technical advisors for country activities.
  • Oversee and manage technical assistance to target countries for a range of MNH activities including, but not limited to: initial rapid health system assessments; assessment of health system fragility and resilience; development of metrics to measure progress; and development of appropriate strategies to respond to identified challenges.
  • Support country-level MNH staff and short-term technical advisors to identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps, often in difficult settings (i.e., post-conflict or post-natural disaster).
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the project HQ team and county-level MNH technical staff to document successes and lessons learned, and use evidence-based learning guide and improve implementation of MNCH project interventions.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with USAID, MOHs, and partners and stakeholders at national sub-national levels.
  • Master's degree in public health or related field
  • 10 years' experience in public health, at least five years' in a technical leadership role specializing in maternal and neonatal health
  • Experience supporting public health projects in fragile settings
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to use program learning to contribute to the global public health dialogue
  • Experience in humanitarian programming a plus
  • Fluent in English, other language proficiency in French and/or Arabic is preferred