Senior Technical Advisor, SRHR, (Maternal & Newborn Health Focus)

Pathfinder International
United Kingdom
Full time Staff


  • Provides technical leadership in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with a focus on maternal and newborn health.
  • Collaborates with project team on project activities that have an integrated focus in the comprehensive areas of SRHR.
  • Collaborates with other members of the project team to ensure that deliverables meet the needs of intended populations.
  • With capacity building and developing strong technical quality as a guiding principle, engages closely with government and/or local NGOs on the design, management and monitoring of all field-based programs.
  • Coordinates with in-country agencies and programs to ensure linkages and to identify opportunities for integration between SRHR and systems strengthening and capacity building (SSCB) services and broader health, educational, vocational, and other non-health interventions that meet the needs of intended populations. 
  • Assesses technical and training needs, reviews and adapts training materials, and contributes to scaling up successful experiences in implementing best practices in clinical and community settings that lead to increased use of contraceptive services.
  • Ensures that the project team draws on state-of-the-art knowledge and practices in maternal and newborn health.  
  • Partners with other technical advisors to enable policy, research, and programs that advance MNH globally.

Key Job Outcomes:

  1. Strategic Leadership: Provides strategic technical leadership and expertise to project sites on the implementation of high quality SRHR and SSCB products and services provided in both communities and clinics . Leads in the development of or providing technical assistance in the global and country-specific approaches, tools and materials supporting tailored approaches for intended populations in SRHR and SSCB programs. Builds on existing tools and develops or adapts innovative approaches to ensure the efficiency, acceptability and impact of SRHR and SSCB products and services.
  2. Programming Design and Implementation: Leads in the design, development and implementation of innovative, effective, country appropriate programming for SRHR and SSCB to build and develop capacity of intended populations.
  3. Technical Assistance: Provides technical assistance to country offices, host-country governments, local partners, and other agencies to assess needs and develop SRHR and SSCB standards and guidance, and/or provide SRHR and services that are responsive to the needs of intended populations.
  4. Technical Support for Proposals: Provides technical leadership in developing innovative and technically sound proposals. Provides technical input on proposals, including including participation in strategizing for technical approach, proposal writing, and proposal review.  
  5. Resource Management: Collaborates with other USAID project teams, WHO and other donors such as DFID and country-based entities in the development and implementation of SRHR and SSCB services to bring a broad range of resources to meet multiple needs of intended populations.
  6. Quality Assurance: Works with the technical team to ensure that best practices for services and service integration are well documented, evaluated and poised for scale up. Coaches and builds teams to optimize staff performance programming, target setting and project workplan and scale-up.
  7. Brand Ambassador: Represents Pathfinder International to external organizations and audiences at professional meetings and conferences as assigned
  8. Liaison with Key Stakeholders:  Liaises and coordinates with key stakeholders, including USAID/Washington, missions, DFID, other donors and USG agencies, and international and local partners such as Bureau for Global Health, World Health Organization, IBP, to play a highly proactive role in repositioning family planning as a preventive health and a socioeconomic development intervention and to share lessons and technical information.

Minimal Requirements

Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Country Specific Public Health System: Advanced knowledge of the countries’ public health systems.
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Advanced knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of programs, including program strategies and indicators, and the latest professional developments in SRHR and SSCB. Advanced skills in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating development and intervention activities, preferably with USAID, DFID, WHO, or other donor organizations working in the health sector.
  • Program Operations and Development: Advanced skills in implementing and managing similar program operations in the developing world..
  • Proposal Development: Advanced skills in proposal development from donor positioning, to concept and full proposal, resource mobilization, and proven ability to develop winning proposals.
  • Leadership: Advanced skills as a leader in health and health service delivery strengthening in developing countries and proven ability in developing strategic plans.
  • Program and Project Planning and Management: Advanced skills in program and project management and planning to fulfill performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities.
  • Operations and Financial Management: Advanced knowledge of operations and financial management in developing countries.
  • Change LeadershipAbility to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in managing change across a broad group of stakeholders in an inclusive manner.
  • Presentation Skills: Ability to make presentations on results and products to small and large groups.
  • Community Relations: Advanced skills in facilitating work relationships between partners, government officials, and communities.

Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills in English language. Proficiency in French preferred.
  • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrix organization.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work related matters

Minimally Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, business, marketing, social science or related discipline.
  • Prefer: Master’s degree in related field, such as Master’s in Public Health
  • Prefer: Clinical background
  • 10 years’ experience in working in international development, preferably in implementing programs in developing countries
  • 10 years’ international non-profit experience
  • Prefer: Experience with USAID-funded projects
  • Prefer: Experience in project design
  • Prefer: Experience living or working in developing countries that aids in understanding of program context, field realities, and technical needs

Other Information:

  • May supervise others
  • Travel required (at least 30%)
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.

Closing date: 
7th April 2018