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Project Overview and Role:
Health Policy Plus is a seven year USAID-funded project working with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health at national and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.
HP+ is seeking an Associate to sit within the global FP/RH Technical Team, who will provide project management and technical support for a range of activities. A priority for this position is to assist the Malawi country team in the day-to-day management of the program. HP+ Malawi is a large and highly diverse country program working with government and civil society in the areas of family planning, maternal and child health, HIV, nutrition, health financing, and health information systems. The Associate will also provide support to global FP/RH activities. The Associate is expected to be based in Palladium’s DC office.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Contribute to country workplan implementation by applying management and coordination tools, facilitating collaboration, tracking deliverables, documenting bottlenecks (and proposing solutions), and sharing lessons learned.
- Help coordinate diverse virtual technical teams including scheduling regular meetings, generating agendas and minutes and following up on action items.
- Assist with monitoring activity progress and spending through monthly review meetings to ensure planned activities align with cash forecasts, pipeline expenditures, timelines, and workplans.
- Coordinate with project delivery team to ensure that operations run smoothly for project implementation, including managing consultancies, developing job descriptions, and tracking deliverables.
- Participate in preparation of written materials, including reports, research articles, PowerPoint
presentations, curricula, blogs, and briefs. This may include conducting literature reviews, drafting, and editing.
- Work collaboratively with others to shepherd documents through stages of drafting, review, copy editing, and finalization.
- Contribute to activity and project reporting requirements including compiling inputs into quarterly and semi-annual reports.
- Contribute proactively and energetically to a team that welcomes new ideas and innovations to improve outcomes.
- Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Strong commitment to project management best practices with demonstrated experience in program management.
- Strong time and task management - ability to keep on track of multiple deliverables and deadlines for a team, not just one’s self. Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities.
- Good interpersonal skills and works well with diverse cross-cultural groups, partners, and colleagues.
- Excellent writing skills adaptable to different formants - reports, summary briefs, advocacy briefs - a writing test may be administered as part of the interview process.
- Understanding of health systems and family planning issues in developing country contexts required.
- Ability to present complex information to diverse audiences.
- Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, and consensus-building skills.
- Professional and mature demeanour and conduct; sound judgement on protocols and communication when working with clients, government, and country counterparts.
- Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations.
- Ability and willingness to travel internationally required.
- Past experience supporting USAID-funded projects strongly desired.
- Experience working or living in sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable.
- Familiarity with key FP/RH and other health data, ability to work with DHS and other data, ability to develop/modify graphs to communicate data, highly desirable.
- Technical experience in at least one area of HP+ work, with a preference for skills in family planning programming, maternal and child health, and/or positive youth development
- Formal studies in international development, public health, or similar field would be useful.
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