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Director of Health Programs

Location: Washington DC
Last Date: January 5, 2011

Title: Director of Health Programs
Technical Area Health
Department: Program Advancement
Supervisor: Vice President for Program Advancement
Location: Pact Headquarters

Pact values and supports a diverse work environment.

Position Summary:

The Director of Health Programs provides metric-based technical leadership to strengthen and expand the scope of Pact’s health projects from a focus on HIV/AIDS to a wider range of public health issues affecting vulnerable populations through community-based participatory approaches, systems strengthening and policy reform. The position requires the ability to lead and mentor technical staff around the world, win new business in line with our strategic priorities, mission, goals and objectives. Leads and develops the network of staff around the world who provide technical assistance and quality oversight to programs comprising Pact’s global health portfolio. Leads and facilitates change to ensure that Pact evolves and adapts its technical capabilities in step with the evolving global health and development environment, and the priority needs of countries where Pact is operational and participates in identifying new business opportunities. Builds and leads enterprise-wide teams to develop and maintain an integrated portfolio of operational, metrics-based technical support expertise in support of Pact strategic plan, goals and objectives. With the support of the Deputy Director, the position is responsible for development and monitoring of project work plans and budgets, especially for new projects, to ensure adherence to and planning for meeting best-practices and standards in the field by holding program managers in the field responsible for quality through results based research. This position creates opportunities for Pact to influence the global health agenda. This person represents Pact at technical meetings and forums with key donors such as USAID, CDC, Dept of Labor and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, UNFPA, UNICEF, private foundations and other multilateral and bilateral funders. Provides technical quality control and contributes to the technical design of proposals that ensure the strength of Pacts’ business development pipeline while assuring compliance with Pact standard operating procedures, relevant quality service guidelines, legislation, and all applicable national and international regulations. S/he is an active member of the Program Management Team, which advises the Vice President on a range of issues.

Core Values: Pact employees embrace the following core values as representatives of the institution:

• Embrace Pact’s mission and core values, including belief that—
o all people have a right to participate in decisions affecting their lives
o gender equity is mandatory for social transformation
o resource allocation choices are transparent and guided by sensitivity to the costs of operations, and financial accountability to our clients, in recognition of Pact’s role as steward of resources intended for the poor.
• Believe diversity in background, gender and age strengthens our capacity to be wise managers of public and private funds.
• Do much of our work in teams, give anyone with a good idea the chance to run with it, and aren’t afraid of taking risks.
• Assert the primacy of gathering and sharing of information as essential roles for all employees.
• Regularly seek opportunities to market Pact’s programs, products and services and network with external organizations and individuals to build strong alliances.
• Encourage staff growth and advancement, including training and professional skills building to increase knowledge and competence and to stay abreast of new developments, especially in technology.
• Strive for a healthy balance between work and life outside of work.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide Technical Leadership for the Health Sector:

 Lead technical excellence of Pact in the international development health sector
o Lead and define an integrated health approach for Pact
o Assist project implementation to meet best practices
o Document and disseminate best practices internally
o Collaborate with virtual team members, who are based outside DC or in one of Pact’s field offices, to provide them with technical assistance so that field offices better understand and are able to meet Pact and industry standards in the Health sector
 Position Pact as a leader in the field
o Play a representational role for Pact in relevant forums and working with our field offices to develop and present papers that help Pact build its reputation as a leader within the Health sector
o Help Pact demonstrate that its core strengths capacity building and network strengthening lead to metrics-based improved health outcomes at the community level including strengthening linkages to public primary care and secondary care facilities and health systems for greater sustainability
o Communicate Pact’s approaches and best practices at international forums and to a wider community
 Advance new business development
o Play a key role in defining new business development in the health sector by leading the technical design of evidence-based health projects
o Ensure that all proposals submitted by Pact in the Health sector are technically sound and capitalize upon learning from other parts of Pact world;
o Network with donors active in the Health sector and gather intelligence on up-coming funding opportunities
o Help Pact broaden its health sector portfolio beyond HIV/AIDS, particularly into areas that are critical for improving the quality of life for poor parents and their children including MCH, reproductive health, and community-systems strengthening as pertains to improved health in developing countries. The targeted sub-sectors in health should be ones that require effective engagement between government, civil society organizations, and, in some cases, the private sector, to successfully prevent and respond to preventable diseases considered major killers – these might include TB, malaria, diarrheal disease, etc.
 Lead community of practice
o Facilitate a dynamic community of practice of Pact staff worldwide within the Health sector that serves to ensure continuous learning across field offices as well as across all levels of Pact offices
o Provide intellectual leadership to Pact within the Health sector by staying abreast of trends and research findings within the public health field and disseminating them to country offices and relevant communities of practice;
o Coordinate efforts to identify and document best practices in the Health sector that Pact should adapt and in all health program

Participate Actively in the Program Management Team:
 The Program Management Team, which includes all Program Advancement Directors, meets regularly to ensure there is integration across sectors and core competencies and to advise the VP of PA on higher level decisions affecting the department and Pact as a whole. This Program Management Team serves as a forum for adjusting Pact-wide program strategies, developing annual Program Department work plans and budgets, agreeing upon programmatic policies and quality standards, planning and overseeing the implementation of core competency capacity-building investments in Pact staff, both in DC and in the field.

Manage a Deputy Director OVC

 Help frame and direct the new OVC role, focusing especially on stronger technical leadership and expertise projection in relation to a new strategy


• Masters or Doctoral Degree in a health discipline (public health, nursing, anthropology) with substantial experience in HIV, maternal/child health, child health survival, reproductive health, community health systems strengthening or similar
• Demonstrated experience managing a technical unit at the headquarters or regional level
• Demonstrated management experience in a senior technical role for a metrics-based health program in the field
• Excellent demonstrated knowledge of managing projects through the intersection of results-based program design, planning, implementation, oversight and publication/presentation of the results
• Established interpersonal and professional relationships with colleagues in Washington and across the international health industry within donor agencies, peer organizations and local organizations as well as the ability to forge new relationships across Pact
• Experience working with host country governments in developing and implementing health policy
• Deep knowledge and understanding of USAID, The Global Fund, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other major donor’s policies, procedures or regulations for program implementation
• In-depth knowledge in the Health sector including tools and methods for empowerment and participation of local communities to advocate for quality health services across a range of public health areas
• Demonstrated English-language writing and analytical skills
• Ability to communicate professionally (written and verbally) in at least one foreign language, preferably two
• Ability to travel frequently
• Ability to perform and prioritize multiple projects
• Proficiency in spreadsheets and statistical analysis skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills

Education and Experience Requirements:

Masters or Doctoral Degree in a health discipline (public health, nursing, anthropology) with substantial experience in HIV, maternal/child health, child health survival, reproductive health, community health systems strengthening or similar
At least 12 years of experience in international public health or similar field
At least 5 years of experience managing Health projects in an overseas setting
Documented success in raising project funding in the Health Sector
Demonstrated thought leadership on international health issues.

Fluency in a language other than English
Publication of relevant journal articles, book chapters or technical reports


This job description summarizes the responsibilities assigned to the position; however it does not contain an all-inclusive list of responsibilities. Periodically, employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. Employment at Pact is a voluntary ”at will” relationship.

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