The Council is seeking a highly-experienced health or social scientist to serve as Country Director in Mexico City, Mexico. With a small and dedicated team, this position will provide substantive leadership, professional representation, and skillful management of the Council’s mission, resources, relationships and activities primarily in Mexico and the surrounding region. S/he will provide leadership in concert with the Council’s Strategic Priorities Framework which presents the organization’s vision for the road ahead. S/he will be responsible for the oversight of the implementation and monitoring of all Council activities in the Country, as well as for managing the administration and operations of the Council’s office, including financial and human resource management.
Recent research projects and activities conducted by the Council include: A diverse and inter-related set of studies aimed at improving access to safe and legal abortion and positioning reproductive and sexual rights on México’ public agenda in Mexico City and several states; and contributing to the empowerment, sexual health and well-being of adolescents in the state of Yucatan. Additional research has been conducted in recent years on maternal health, social norms related to gender, health and equity, and diverse family planning initiatives. Our work is conducted in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Security Systems, both at the Federal and State levels as well as a range of collaborators among NGOs, universities, the private sector and civil society more generally.
The successful candidate will oversee and support initiation, development, implementation and monitoring activities under all three of the Council’s Programs: Reproductive Health; and Poverty, Gender and Youth; and HIV and AIDS. In addition, the Country Director will be responsible for raising funds for new research and programming to build and diversify the Mexico portfolio.
Candidates must be currently eligible to work in Mexico with Mexican nationals strongly preferred.
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the Council’s mission and activities in Mexico by representing the Council to donors, development partners, policy makers, NGOs, private sector institutions, universities and government institutions such as the Ministry of Health.
- Ensure that program goals are being met by all activities that may be developed in Mexico and related work in the LAC region. Ensure the integration of program efforts on important and relevant issues by collaborating with program colleagues and other staff across the Council.
- Provide guidance, supervision, capacity building, and leadership to Council staff in Mexico. Oversee recruitment and hiring, and performance management with a respect for cultural diversity and context.
- Develop and manage the Council’s office in Mexico City by advancing an overall country strategy to address needs and priorities of the country within the context of the Council’s three program areas.
- Provide intellectual leadership to all and management of selected activities, including operations research and program evaluation activities. Cooperate in the development of joint projects with Council staff in the LAC region and where appropriate and feasible with Council offices in Africa and Asia.
- Ensure quality, ethics, program relevance, and responsiveness to country needs in the design and implementation of programmatic research and other activities in Mexico.
- Develop and implement communication and dissemination plans to reach audiences pf policy-makers, decision-makers, program managers, researcher, the media, and other stakeholders, including publication in Council and peer-reviewed publications.
- Raise funds from a diversity of sources (US Government, other bilaterals, multilaterals, and private foundations) for Council activities in Mexico in all three Council program areas.
- Supervise the financial and administrative management of the Council office in Mexico to comply with local laws, budgetary allocations, donor requirements, and Council policies and procedures.
- Supervise the development and monitoring of the program plan and budget for Mexico. Provide ongoing budget oversight and management in coordination with program financial managers.
- Doctoral degree in public health, social science, medicine, or a related field, with relevant training and expertise and at least six years of relevant postdoctoral experience in a progressively senior capacity in successful management and implementation of research projects in low-resource settings. Experience in research and programs addressing vulnerabilities of sexual and reproductive health and a track record of scientific publications.
- Proven ability to manage and administer a country-level program on Reproductive Health; Poverty, Gender and Youth; or HIV and AIDS. This qualification requires experience in recruiting, monitoring, evaluating and building capacity of local staff; managing project resources; fundraising and donor reporting; as well as the ability to work well with all levels of national and international staff within a complex organization. Specific experience with the management of projects supported by private foundations, NIH, and other governmental bilateral programs is strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to design, implement, analyze, publish, and disseminate social science or public health research.
- Demonstrated ability to fundraise for program activities.
- Understanding of government systems and business practices in Mexico or a similar country, and a demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment.
- Superior diplomatic, representational, problem solving, management, and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent English language and Spanish language communication skills, written and oral.
- Willingness to travel within Mexico, regionally and internationally on a regular basis.
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