Senior Technical Advisor
MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery (MPHD)
Based in Washington, DC
Up to 20% international travel
Reports to Deputy Project Director (DPD) MPHD
Who we are
With over 50 years of experience, working in over 50 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
There are over 7,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.
MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery (MPHD) is a five-year, $75m global award focused on strengthening private sector delivery of MNCH/FP/RH services and building local capacity for sustained positive health outcomes. MPHD seeks a Senior Technical Advisor to manage MPHD’s technical services, technical ‘voice,’ and key strategic programming areas.
Your strong project and stakeholder management skills lead to smooth development and successful implementation of annual core workplans; a high-quality technical ‘voice’ for MPHD, including effective partnership with the MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator (MKA); and development and delivery of New Partnership Initiative (NPI) programs that support local organizations in delivery of MNCH/FP/RH care in the private sector. Your inputs lead to the donor being satisfied with the technical leadership and program management of MPHD, leading to sustained/increased funding.
Sound like you? Read on.
1) Work closely with the Deputy Project Director (DPD) on delivery of core workplan:
- Work closely with DPD on annual core workplan development, including consortium-wide core workplan development meetings; support development of technical guidance and core budget envelopes to subrecipients; prepare core budget requests to USAID; support writing of annual core workplan; manage USAID feedback and revisions for annual core workplan/budget approval.
- Ensure final core workplan activities have clear, measurable deliverables (in consultation with technical area specialists) lead the development of corresponding budgets for core activities and, prior to review by the DPD and Project Director, ensure deliverables meet the standard expected by USAID for outputs/materials to be associated with USAID and for onward submission to the DEC.
- In partnership with DPD, develop and communicate core activity-related internal ‘task orders’ for technical inputs – when involving PSI staff outside MPHD core team – and develop and communicate subrecipients’ scopes of work as part of a modification to a Sub Award – when part or all of a core activity is delivered by a sub.
- Oversee subrecipients technical scopes of work and contractual needs, e.g. ceiling increases to subawards, audit of invoices, etc. with support from project’s Sr. APM (this task may at times be done in partnership with the Senior Program Manager overseeing all field support programs, e.g. when one of the four Sub Awards in the CoAg is also delivering at field level).
- Ensure compliance for core-funded activities is in place, e.g. Mission concurrence, any waivers needed for procurement, USG FP compliance cascaded to any sub-recipients of core funds.
- Monitor core workplan throughout fiscal year including progress against technical deliverables; budget spend, including adherence to internal task orders and subs burn rates (with support from FA). Trouble-shoot technical or timeline hiccups, pulling in DPD as necessary. Core activity deliverables and budgets should be monitored monthly.
- Activity manage 2-3 PSI-led core workplan activities being implemented in field.
2) Manage delivery of MPHD’s ‘technical voice’ through technical contributor coordination; donor reporting; and oversight of high-quality global goods and thought leadership contributions.
- Work with country teams; PSI technical departments; and sub-recipients to ensure high-quality, timely reporting on core activities. Lead production of core workplan semi-annual and annual reports; periodic ‘nuggets’ for USAID; annual results reporting; and reporting against the PMP (as relates to core and in partnership with Sr Program Manager overseeing field support).
- As part of core activity monitoring, ensure timely delivery of high-quality global goods and deliverables related to MPHD’s ‘technical voice.’ Take first pass at review of technical deliverables, e.g. technical briefs and content of webinars, ensuring review by project leadership does not involve substantial editing.
- Oversee operational relationship with MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator (MKA). Attend the metrics and evaluation working group meeting (with one technical expert); knowledge management working group (with KM support person); and the strategic communications working group (with support from either KM support person or PSI’s ERC). Ensure timely deliverables of MPHD to MKA, in coordination with DPD. Manage annual renewal of MOU and data sharing policy.
- Dotted line-manage KM and/or M&E support person (partial time on MPHD)
- Co-create and co-deliver with project leadership and Sr PM technical highlights for USAID SDI division management reviews, PSI days, other USAID facing events.
3) Develop and program manage delivery of New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) program
- In coordination with project leadership, develop process and systems for programming NPI funds, including identifying and vetting funding recipients and developing program of capacity building support to them
- Oversee delivery of organizational/ operational capacity building support (using consultants, etc. for technical inputs), and oversee support to improve recipients’ capacity utilize USG funds, e.g. compliance training.
- Oversee subcontracts/ grants/ other mechanism of providing NPI funds to local organizations in line with USAID compliance requirements and PSI G&C policies.
- Oversee NPI program reporting to USAID, both technical/ programmatic and financial
What are we looking for?
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Collaboration: You can work independently but thrive within a team.
Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates
Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous, and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.
Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.
Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.
Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.
- You have at least 10 years relevant work experience, including experience in program management of MNCH/FP/RH oriented programs and ideally 2 years of overseas work experience, so that you understand the reality of delivering health programs at country level
- You have a bachelor’s degree, with post-graduate degree in a relevant area (MPH, MIA, MBA, etc.) preferred
- You have relevant and up to date experience with donor program/contract management; there’s a strong preference for USAID donor management experience
- You can hold your own in ‘technical conversations’ around maternal, child, and reproductive health and navigate these conversations so that country teams, partners and USAID see you as a member of the MPHD who can add value on technical issues
- When something needs organizing and delivering, you are the person who often leads the way – and can provide examples of this. You are a self-starter, can marshal others effectively and you strive to make systems better.
- You can readily perform a variety of tasks on short notice within designated deadlines and keep cool under pressure.
- You are a team player; this project stands and falls on the combined success of hundreds of people
- Experience working on child health and/or nutrition programs are a plus
- French language skills are a plus
- References will be required.
- The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
- Must be authorized to work in the United States.
What would get us excited?
Detail-oriented. You make sure things are done right and have an eye and aptitude for professional presentation.
Good with people. You are a strong facilitator of meetings and workshops and can organize a room of people to move in the same direction.
Strong Interpersonal and Communication Skills. You are able to get results from many people across diverse backgrounds and geographies. You are an excellent writer.
A “can-do” Attitude. You can juggle multiple competing deadlines without getting overly flustered and with a sense of humor.
You can tell a story. Global awards are a series of 1,000 activities – an ability to keep communicating to USAID, partners and within PSI what the emerging and overarching story is of MPHD is a valuable skill
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