Deputy Chief of Party/HSS Technical Director
PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
PATH seeks a Deputy Chief of Party/Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Technical Director to support an anticipated United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Senegal procurement designed to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH), family planning, nutrition, malaria, AIDS, and potentially WASH activities in the most vulnerable urban and peri-urban districts of the Dakar region. The project will strengthen the quality of routine health services, strengthen linkages between facility- and community-based services, leverage private sector resources and services, improve the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to utilize and oversee private providers, and develop interventions and innovations to tackle root causes of health disparities in urban zones.
The Technical Director will be responsible for ensuring technical soundness and quality of the interventions delivered in alignment with project needs. S/he will supervise key technical staff and provide expertise and guidance in the area of urban health system strengthening interventions. This position will be based in Dakar.
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Lead the technical design and implementation of quality HSS activities, including innovations to reach vulnerable and marginalized populations in the urban context.
- Lead and oversee the technical team, including coordination with sub-partners, to implement a high quality, results-oriented project to achieve the objectives and expected results.
- Provide strong technical HSS leadership, support planning, capacity strengthening, and coordination of all activities including the work of sub-partners.
- Provide technical support for unlocking bottlenecks to the country’s adoption of new policies and timely scale up.
- Assist in developing annual work plans, budgets, and performance reports.
- Monitor implementation of activities to ensure that project outcomes are accomplished and that targets are reached on time and within budget. Liaise closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team to ensure robust project monitoring and learnings are captured.
- Coordinate with Government of Senegal officials, District Health leaders, and other key stakeholders, including other USAID implementing partners and the private sector.
- Participate in and facilitate all relevant technical working groups.
- Manage technical staff to high professional standards.
- Produce and disseminate key project results through journal articles, presentations, posters, and other mediums, at local, regional, and international forums to share experiences and best practices.
- Maintain updated technical knowledge on HSS and related public health topics to be able to provide vision and input to strategy development.
Core competencies/Required Skills:
- Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, medicine, or a related field.
- A minimum of eight (8) years of leadership experience in senior-level role working in the health sector with demonstrated experience in managing teams and implementing innovative programs that support health systems strengthening in urban settings.
- Broad understanding of public health, health systems, and health policy and practice in Senegal, particularly urban and peri-urban settings in the Dakar region. HSS technical competencies related to service integration, quality improvement, and/or private sector engagement preferred.
- Understanding of technical concepts of reproductive health/family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV, malaria, WASH, and early childhood development highly desirable.
- Excellent understanding of the unique health and social challenges facing informal and/or low-income communities in urban and peri-urban settings.
- Proven skills in managing international donor assistance projects; knowledge of and experience working with USAID is require
- Five (5) years of developing and maintaining strong and effective partnerships with diverse groups of stakeholders, including government agencies, donors, civil society, private sector, and community-based organizations to implement HSS programming.
- Demonstrated skills in collaboration and commitment to achieving project objectives.
- Excellent professional written and oral communication skills in French and English.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite required.
Must have legal authorization to work in Senegal. Senegalese nationals are encouraged to apply.
Note: this position is contingent upon donor funding. All offers are conditional upon donor approval.