Technology and Innovation Advisor — Guatemala

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Full Time
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Date Posted
Guatamala City
Company Information
Project Concern International (PCI)

PCI is currently seeking a Technology and Innovation Advisor for USAID’s Improved Health and Nutrition Activity in Guatemala. Pending the availability of funds, this position would have an expected start date of March 2019. The purpose of the activity is to achieve significant and sustainable improvements in nutrition and health outcomes of target select municipalities of the Western Highlands which will result in reductions of stunting, anemia, micronutrient deficiencies, and maternal and child morbidity and mortality in both prevalence and severity. This will occur as the result of improving service delivery and strengthening health systems.

Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Technology and Innovation Advisor will help provide project staff and senior leadership with contextually-appropriate Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) solutions to project needs for remote data collection, storage, management, and staff and beneficiary capacity building. Candidates should be flexible with and versed in a variety of technologies, experienced in IT solution design and implementation, and comfortable promoting new technologies. S/he will propose and offer guidance on programming that increases the use of technology to improve development outcomes and to empower communities..

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

Develop and implement innovative solutions to improve project outcomes and empower targeted communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
Provide guidance to the project team on use of technology, including digital technologies, and how to integrate and embed it within project activities.
Ensure that selected technologies are culturally-appropriate and context-driven to ensure buy in from end users (ie. community members, Ministry staff, etc.).
Support the development and implementation of a plan to actively assess and improve technology solutions.
Participate in the development and implementation of a learning agenda and a research agenda for the project, as applicable.
Provide technical support to the project staff to ensure any technology solutions are being implemented with the highest quality and on time.
Provide advice and support to the project’s non-technology-related innovation processes and activities.
Prepare reports, project plans and templates as needed.
Provide technical expertise on mobile data, digital services, remote sensors, SMS, and other tech tools.
Monitor, test, and customize tools/trends in the Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) space for customization and possible adoption within the project.
Lead the development of, and ultimately manage, the project’s technology and innovation strategy.
Collaborate on IT tool capacity building for non-IT specialists.
Manage relationships with technology partners and internal IT resources.

Bachelor’s degree or above in Media, Communications, Technology, Innovation Management, International Development or a related subject. Minimum of 6-8 years of relevant professional experience with 5 years of experience working in technology and innovation/entrepreneurship, and/or international development. Experience in Latin America or Guatemala preferred. Direct experience promoting user-friendly and sustainable technology solutions or other innovations for vulnerable populations. Strong understanding of user-centered design. Demonstrated knowledge of social innovation and ability to foster and environment for ideation, prototyping and production. Ability to provide technical direction to projects, ensure high quality outputs and impact, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities. Effectively applies knowledge of ICT4D to solve range of problems. Capacity to evaluate, test and scale ideas from design stage through implementation. Experience identifying unique/ high potential impact ideas and forging linkages with academia, media, youth networks, private sector, religious groups, and local entrepreneurs to solve development challenges, preferably in Guatemala. Familiarity with global health strongly desired. Strong communication and coordination skills to work effectively with a range of technical staff, CSOs, private sector, other partners, donors, and beneficiaries. Excellent problem-solving, strategic-thinking and analytical skills. Fluency in English and Spanish. Interested Parties: Please submit your application through PCI’s online portal. Only finalists will be contacted. PCI is an equal opportunity employer. About Project Concern International: Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing health, ending hunger, overcoming hardship and advancing women and girls worldwide. PCI is headquartered in San Diego, CA, and with an office in Washington, D.C., and currently operates in 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Sectoral focus areas include: health and nutrition; water and sanitation; food and livelihood security; humanitarian assistance and disaster risk management; and disease prevention and mitigation.