Principal Technical Advisor / HIV - Management Sciences for Health, USA

Closing date:  04 Dec 2011

The Principal Technical Advisor (PTA) will contribute technical expertise to at least one of the Center’s priority areas: HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health/FP, or Maternal Newborn Health with the aim of ultimately improving health outcomes in developing countries. S/he provides leadership in the development, formalization, and documentation of MSH strategic and technical approaches in at least one of the specific content areas; provides direct technical assistance to centrally-funded and bilateral country-focused projects; and contributes to ongoing knowledge exchange across the organization. S/he plays a critical role in supporting the TQI specific technical unit in its key functions, specifically to ensure that the projects are applying state-of-the-art science and to maintain the related database of global guidelines, standards and protocols.

The Principal Technical Advisor will also be responsible for contributing to new business development through intelligence gathering, prepositioning and serving, as called upon, in the function of technical strategy leader in the design and development of new proposals. In this function, the PTA will work closely with the Center Vice President and the CHS New Business Development Manager.

  1. Provides technical advice and direction to projects and programs in respect to MSH strategic priority areas of HIV/AIDS; Family Planning/Reproductive Health, or Maternal Newborn Health
  2. Provides technical assistance in planning and implementation of CHS technical priority area of HIV/AIDS; Family Planning/Reproductive Health, or Maternal Newborn Health, including the establishment of new programs, resource allocation, and expansion of the disease prevention programs.
  3. Provides strategic advice to the relevant Unit on emerging and strategic issues to scale up pertinent evidence proven interventions
  4. Facilitates the development and revision of relevant strategies to be incorporated into the new CHS strategic plan
  5. Closely monitors implementation of the country projects with interventions in relevant content area
  6. Provides technical input and periodic status reports through Quarterly Technical Portfolio Reviews in the relevant content area.
  7. Proposes and manages the development of innovative models and tools and documents technical achievements through articles in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at international professional conferences, and representation of MSH on key panels and technical advisory groups.
  8. Fosters collaborative relationships with relevant entities and stakeholders involved relevant content area.
  9. Recommends areas for operational research.
  10. Supports the Office of Business and Resource Development (BRD) in the identification of new project opportunities. When in the field or in donor or partner meetings remains alert to potential intelligence about new business opportunities and advises the home office about pre-positioning.
  11. Contributes to the development and/or technical review of targeted educational materials and technical proposals as required, ensuring that project designs and technical strategies are sound and that project implementation experiences are appropriately reflected.
  12. Contributes to preparation of peer- reviewed journals and also represent MSH at some relevant technical advisory groups(TAGs).
  13. Perform other duties as required.
B. Technical Strategy r/Pursuit Leader : S/he will serve as a CHS Technical Strategist/Pursuit Leader, leading intelligence gathering, prepositioning development as well as articulation of the technical strategy in response to Requests for Proposals and Request for Applications (RFPs and RFAs). Working with technical contributors, country experts, and other internal and external experts, harnesses MSH’s technical, country, project management and business development expertise to conceptualize the overall strategic framework encompassing all MSH experience and expertise on proposals.

• MD/PhD or Master’s degree in health-related field or equivalent experience.

• Significant and successful experience working in international development and/or public health programs, specifically in the area of HIV/AIDS, Family Planning/Reproductive Health and/or Maternal Newborn Child Health.

• Significant successful experience in new business development.

• Experience providing direct technical assistance in developing countries.

• Proven programmatic, technical, and managerial ability and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues in a broad range of indigenous, nongovernmental, governmental, and international organizations within multiple socio-cultural contexts.

• Demonstrated organizational, managerial, consulting, and supervisory skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards.

• Adaptability to changing priorities and deadlines..

• Experience with USAID and knowledge ofUSG procurement regulations highly desireable.

• Experience working with other multilateral and bilateral agencies, such as WHO, FAO, UNICEF, and European and private donors preferred.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and spoken English, including excellent skills in drafting business correspondence. Demonstrated ability to write journal articles, research studies, and technical reports.

• Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Ability to use epidemiological tools, such as EPI Info or other similar software highly desirable.

• Fluency in a second major language preferred, including the ability to conduct training and business in that language.

• Willingness and availability to travel internationally for up to 40% of the time.
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