Development Program Specialist (Family Health Team Lead), FSN – 12

Job Description

Title: Development Program Specialist (Family Health Team Lead), FSN – 12

Company Name: USAID Bangladesh

Vacancy: 01

Job Location: Anywhere in Bangladesh

Employment Status: Full-time

Educational Requirements:
∎ Master of Science (MSc) in Public Health, Master of Science (MSc) in Medicine, Infectious disease etc.

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 7 year(s)
∎ The applicants should have experience in the following area(s): public health

Job Context:
∎ The Development Program Specialist facilitates communication and ensures collaborative working relationships with high-level decision makers, as well as technical staff, in the Ministry of Health (MOH), USAID/Washington counterparts, with other government entities, and with other development partners, donors and non-governmental organizations working in the health sector. The Specialist delivers analytical and technical assistance services to other bilateral/multilateral agencies, Government of Bangladesh and civil society in developing and implementing policies and programs based on best practices and innovations in MNCH. Representing the U.S. Government, the jobholder leads national technical working groups and builds alliances with other External Development partners and provides essential communication and liaison within USAID offices and with other USG agencies.
∎ The jobholder serves as the team’s senior advisor on maternal, newborn, and child health issues and provides leadership in identifying opportunities for U.S. Government (USG) engagement in MNCH programming in the cooperating country. The jobholder will have broad experience working with national stakeholders including government, professional associations, and faith-based organizations. This senior position ensures that the Mission has the necessary strategic, technical, and management expertise to handle and successfully implement MNCH programs and activities in the Health Office portfolio. The jobholder serves as the in-house subject matter expert on MNCH and the Mission’s senior representative in policy, strategic and technical engagements with the interagency, cooperating country government, international and bilateral organizations, and donor agencies to address technical issues and coordinate efforts in implementation of MNCH activities. The jobholder has an understanding of global health issues, as well as the entire USAID/USG health portfolio, and serves as an Agreement Officer’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) or Activity Manager for selected programs/projects/activities. As an AOR/COR, the jobholder monitors program performance and progress, identifies implementation achievements as well as problems in performance, and initiates appropriate actions in consultation with other OPHNE staff, and/or the Deputy and Office Director, as appropriate.
∎ The Specialist is a key member of the Health Office. The jobholder reports to the Health Office Director and has supervisory responsibility for up to five team members, including AORs/CORs, and provides mentoring and coaching to the entire Office in the area of maternal, newborn, and child health.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Technical and Strategic Leadership
∎ • Serve as USAID’s technical expert and lead on MNCH, providing high level technical guidance to the Mission, the National Government, and other development partners.
∎ • Provide overall strategic and technical guidance and direction on MNCH activities and ensure that activities are appropriately integrated with Health Office and larger Mission activities.
∎ • Work closely with leadership across the Health Office and USAID Mission to ensure the quality of programs implemented by implementing partners are adequately addressed.
∎ • Through literature review, research, and regular communication with local and international stakeholders, keep abreast of emerging developments in MNCH approaches. Advise accordingly on how these policies and strategies can most effectively be incorporated to enhance USAID’s approaches.
∎ • Identify opportunities for integrated “state of the art” approaches, providing technical assessment and recommended strategies to pilot innovative interventions. Provide expert oversight and guidance to USAID implementing partners on newly emerging and highly efficacious approaches to MNCH program implementation.
∎ • Provide strategic leadership in the preparation of key annual and mid-term planning and reporting documents including the Operational Plan, Congressional Budget Justifications, Technical Notifications, Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports and other ad hoc requests for information.
∎ • Identify and arrange for procurement of short-term technical assistance (STTA) and ensure that objectives and outcomes of the STTA are consistent with and support the furtherance of the Mission MNCH portfolio.
∎ • Organize site visits and prepare orientation materials for delegations from Mission leadership, USAID Headquarters (HQ), Department of State, other agencies and Congress.
∎ Program/Project/Activity Management
∎ • Lead the design of strategies, project mechanisms and activities for improved health service delivery for MNCH.
∎ • Serve as AOR/COR or Activity Manager for the Mission’s MNCH activities, and supervise and provide guidance to subordinate staff serving as AORs/CORs for additional projects, including: reviewing and approving implementing partners’ (IPs) annual work plans, facilitating IP relationships and coordinating with local stakeholders (other IPs, host government counterparts, other development partners/donors, etc.) maintaining a schedule for and conducting regular site visits to review program implementation and meet with beneficiaries, and based on the information collected during such visits, adjusting or recommending adjustments to programs/projects/activities as appropriate; overseeing IP compliance with bilateral government agreements, and with performance expectations; ensuring IPs are in compliance with all relevant USAID regulations and procedures, communicating regularly with IPs regarding USAID rules and regulations as well as their obligations to USAID and, taking a lead role in the preparation of the strategic and operational planning processes such as the USAID Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and USAID Operational Plan (OP). Keep the Health Office Director regularly informed of program implementation progress, results, and issues/problems on a timely basis.
∎ • Participate in and ensure the effectiveness of site and other field visits to ensure successful activity implementation and ensure that sub-partners (sub-awards and sub-contracts) are given appropriate monitoring and oversight.
∎ Representation and Reporting
∎ • Represent USAID at designated national, regional and international meetings that relate to MNCH, including regular participation and leadership in national level technical working groups, professional associations, and related committees.
∎ • As requested by the Mission Director, Health Office Director and/or Unit Leader, represent USAID at meetings outside of the MNCH field when needed.
∎ • As a member of the Health Team, respond flexibly and capably to a wide range of work-related requirements including responding to requests for information from Mission leadership, USAID/Washington and Congress.
∎ • Establish strategic working relationships with senior MOH and other relevant Ministry officials at the national and district level, development partners, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, private sector health counterparts, and professional associations to enhance regular and timely sharing of information on issues related to MNCH, including changes in key policies, and legal and regulatory environments that could affect the implementation of USAID programs.
∎ Supervision, Coaching/Mentoring and Staff Support
∎ • Supervise cooperating country national staff, which includes developing annual work objectives, mentoring and coaching, and facilitation of professional development. Conduct regular performance reviews and address any performance challenges that may arise.
∎ • Work with direct reports to determine training needs, help identify appropriate training opportunities and ensure fair participation in training.
∎ • Provide expert advice and guidance to direct reports on matters relating to MNCH and how best the other program components could contribute to ensure an effective service cascade.
∎ C. SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP
∎ The Development Program Specialist (Family Health Team Lead) reports to the Health Office Director, Deputy Director, or his/her designee. Most assignments are self-generated and occur in the normal course of work and the jobholder exercises independence in most phases of his/her job responsibilities but determines those situations that must be coordinated with the supervisor or other team members. Completed work is accepted as technically correct and the overall work is reviewed in terms of results achieved.
∎ D. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS
∎ The Development Program Specialist (Family Health Team Lead) will supervise up to five professional staff.

Additional Requirements:
∎ A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in MNCH. Prior experience working with or for bilateral or multilateral donors/stakeholders such as the World Bank, the Global Fund, UN agencies, or national-level public or private sector projects and ensuring compliance with U.S. Government rules and regulations is required.
∎ Person with disability are encouraged to apply

Salary: Tk. 364222 - 660343 (Monthly)

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ T/A, Mobile bill, Tour allowance, Medical allowance, Provident fund, Weekly 2 holidays, Insurance, Gratuity
∎ Festival Bonus: 2

Job Source: Bdjobs.com Online Job Posting.

Application Deadline: 30 Dec 2021

Company Information:
∎ 30 Nov 2021
∎ USAID Bangladesh
∎ Address : US Embassy, Baridhara, Dhaka
∎ Web : www.usaid.gov/bd
∎ Business : The largest US agency in the US Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Category: NGO/Development

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