Technical Director, South Sudan The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Location: Yei River County, Central Equitoria State, South Sudan

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a humanitarian, non-proselytizing agency of the United Methodist Church (UMC), established in 1940. During its more than 70 years of service, UMCOR has supported relief and development projects in over 80 countries worldwide. UMCOR strives to implement programs in the areas of health, emergency relief, livelihoods and social and community development.

The strategies that currently represent UMCOR’s health focus and competencies include:
Increase capacity of health care providers and other related collaborators responsible for maintaining and expanding the delivery of quality health care, prevention, treatment, and support services for target communities, families and individuals; Reduce incidences of preventable communicable diseases, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and childhood diarrhea through community-based education/awareness building and infrastructure development water / sanitation interventions and renovating health facilities; and Increase coordination and networking with health NGOs, donors and existing regulatory forums.

The UMCOR seeks the services for the position of Technical Director for an anticipated integrated service delivery health program in South Sudan. This position is contingent upon an award to UMCOR.

PURPOSE: The Technical Director will manage UMCOR’s integrated service delivery health program activities in South Sudan.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Technical Director will be responsible for management and oversight of the following:
Overall leadership of all health program related activities and management of health program-related staff; Facilitating a baseline survey and planning program activities based on needs assessment; Developing a capacity building plan for staff; facilitating the capacity building of staff and providing on-the-job technical support to support capacity building efforts; Providing technical support to health system capacity strengthening in South Sudan; Providing technical support to strengthen health management information system facilities at the Payam and County level; Leading community mobilization planning and activities that promote positive health seeking behavior; Responsible for program quality control, including monitoring of program activities and adjusting activities when necessary to suit the best needs of the program and its beneficiaries; Liaising with and reporting to donor agencies and coordination with other humanitarian and development partners.

• Medical degree, Masters in Public Health, Nursing, or related discipline. • Minimum 6 years of experience in program management. • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: • Proven ability to coordinate and manage staff, finances and project activities. • Highly motivated; with a desire to work with local communities. • Background in designing and managing communicable disease control programs. • Having the skills to design preventive and promote health interventions, such as family planning and immunization. • Demonstrate leadership in initiating new program initiatives and implementation strategies. • Strong organizational and supervisory skills. • Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the office. • Be a strong team player and adept at creating a strong team spirit. • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people. • Ability to travel and work in difficult conditions and under pressure. • Foster relationships with local government, communities, and partner organizations. • Previous experience working in South Sudan, strongly preferred. • English required; ability to speak Arabic and/or Dinka, preferred.

Please note that this is an unaccompanied post. UMCOR will provide accommodation and transport for work purposes.

How to apply: 
If you meet the minimum requirements, submit your cover letter (notes), resume and complete the official iForm application and questions on our website at Interested candidates should be available to commence work within two to three weeks of selection. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications received by November 8, 2012 will receive immediate review. This job will remain open until filled. No phone calls please. We appreciate your interest in the United Methodist Committee on Relief.