Senior Technical Policy Advisor, Contraception & Family Planning
Pathfinder International (PI)
Location: Luanda, Angola
Last Date: September 25, 2011
Policy Advisor, Contraception & Family Planning
International (PI) seeks a
Senior Technical Policy Advisor,
Contraception & Family Planning (C/FP)
to strengthen the enabling environment that will promote contraception and
family planning in Angola.
Angola is in the list of top five countries in the world where women are exposed
to an extreme risk of maternal mortality. To confront
this devastating trend, Pathfinder International is committed to increasing
access to and use of contraception to significantly reduce a woman’s
lifetime exposure to the high risks associated with childbirth. In Angola,
where the total fertility rate is extremely high, a woman is exposed to a
heightened risk of maternal mortality 5.8 times. No
African country has a higher maternal mortality rate than Angola and it ties
Somalia for the title of “worst MMR ranking” in the world. In 2009, Angola’s MMR
was estimated at 660 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births (World Development
Indicators). To confront this devastating trend, the Senior Technical Policy
Advisor will advance the need for increased access to, and use of,
contraception as a fundamental approach to reduce maternal mortality.
Associate Award Project is a three-year strategic health initiative to advance a
family planning advocacy strategy set forth by the GoA Ministry of Health (MOH)
that will contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality in Angola. The need
to promote increased availability and accessibility to contraception/family
planning (C/FP) services on both demand and supply sides to achieve an
improvement in the health of Angolan women is an important component of this
role. Project objectives include: facilitating and supporting GOA MOH efforts to
build national level C/FP advocacy capacity; facilitating and strengthening C/FP
approaches at the provincial and municipal levels, and building awareness,
knowledge and advancing C/FP advocacy capacity.
The Senior Technical Policy Advisor plays a key role
in providing strategic leadership and managerial oversight of the
technical aspects of Pathfinder’s USAID Angola Associate Award Project. S/he
ensures that the Project achieves its intended impact in building national level
C/FP policy capacity, facilitating and strengthening C/FP approaches, and
building awareness, knowledge and advancing C/FP policy capacity.
The Senior Technical Policy Advisor prominently positions Pathfinder as
the leader in C/FP in a manner consistent with the GOA MOH strategic vision for
on existing tools and develop or adapt innovative approaches to ensure the
efficiency, acceptability and impact of C/FP services at the community,
municipal and national levels.
with the technical team to ensure that best practices for services and service
integration are well documented, evaluated and poised for scale up. This work
will include collaboration with other key partners leading HIV, malaria and
other health intervention efforts in Angola.
Ensure that Project performance objectives and mandated deliverables such as
technical activities are carried out in a timely fashion and meet the highest
Provide leadership and direction to monitoring and evaluation
frameworks and indicators to secure project performance and results. Lead
a review process that consistently monitors progress and identifies specific
actions as needed to achieve stated objectives.
In collaboration with project staff ensure compliance with
Pathfinder International’s policy and USAID regulations including TIAHRT
Partner successfully with Pathfinder International’s Program Director by
providing accurate and timely reporting and updates on the technical progress of
Strengthen productive relationships with USAID partners, Ministry of Health and
other governmental agencies ensuring that Pathfinder International is accurately
viewed as an effective implementing partner meeting project targets.
Document achievements for technical documentation reports and
communications materials such as the annual report, brochures and website.
Represent Pathfinder International to external organizations and audiences at
professional meetings and conferences as needed.
Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or related
field. Doctoral degree preferred.
Minimum of seven to ten years of technical experience designing, planning and/or
implementing mid-large scale donor funded institutional C/FP or SRH, MCH
projects in transitioning countries.
Hands-on experience working effectively with local, municipal, provincial and
central-level government authorities.
Demonstrated experience successfully fulfilling performance objectives,
including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program
activities including technical documentation.
Exhibits significant management capacity and skills in developing
Proven experience in designing and evaluating development and
intervention activities, preferably with USAID, WHO, or other donor
organizations working in the health sector.
Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relations
with host country government personnel, NGO partners, international
organizations, and donor agencies.
In-depth knowledge of public and/or private health systems, decentralization of
services, and the latest technical developments in family planning.
Excellent diplomatic, interpersonal and communication skills.
Proven ability to carry out multi-level advocacy
Demonstrated capabilities in institutional capacity building, and high-level
strategic visioning and leadership.
Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, mentor and direct
colleagues while contributing to the creation of a positive team environment.
Excellent knowledge of the political, social, economic, and
cultural context of Angola
be fluent in Portuguese and English.
Position requires in-county travel as necessary to achieve program objectives
and annual HQ trip as part of meeting Pathfinder international strategic
professional experience in Angola preferred.
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