Deputy Director Maternal Child Health

Chemonics, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th April, 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a Deputy Director, Maternal Child Health to work on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain- Procurement Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project. The Deputy Director is a leadership position within the GHSC-PSM project. S/he will collaborate with the Maternal Child Health Task Order 4 (TO4) Director in managing task order technical activities, supporting countries with their Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) activities, communicating across the project on TO4 priorities and working in close collaboration with USAID and external stakeholders.. The Deputy will enhance the strategic direction, technical resources, and impact of Task Order 4 activities on GHSC-PSM’s contribution to the achievement of USAID’s goals for the reduction of maternal and child mortality.

The GHSC-PSM project is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of supply chains, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.


  • Leads Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) technical activities
  • Provides technical guidance and support to country programs, field offices, system strengthening, and procurement teams on MNCH commodity strategies and issues
  • Interprets data and develops strategies to achieve TO4 and MNCH country targets
  • Anticipates changes to strategies and helps draft PSM’s response, proactively supporting the TO4 Director to prepare HQ and country teams to respond
  • Provides technical guidance, support and review of TO4 components of country work plans for activities that are consistent with TO4 priorities and USAID goals and priorities for MNCH
  • Ensures the GHSC-PSM project leads and contributes to the community of practice around supply chain in support of MNCH
  • Leads and supports project participation in MNCH and supply chain-related events and conferences, ensuring project presentations and engagement through abstracts, satellite events and workshops
  • Collaborates with a range of partners, including but not limited to USAID, in-country Ministries of Health, GHSC-PSM project field offices, other USAID and non-USAID project field offices, international donors, implementing partners, and inter-agency initiatives in support of TO4 objectives
  • Form, lead and report out on cross-unit teams to launch specific initiatives and respond to urgent requests as they arise
  • Supports agenda development, presentations, facilitation and documentation of multiple weekly meetings with USAID in coordination with other TO4 team members
  • Represents TO4 at meetings across the project as needed, ensuring communication of actions and issues with the TO4 Director and other relevant staff
  • Provides technical advice to the procurement teams regarding MNCH-related commodities and contribute to educational orientations and presentations regarding MNCH and TO4
  • Provides writing and editorial support for quarterly, annual and ad hoc reports as well as original manuscripts and white papers providing strategic analyses and documenting project work on MNCH supply chain issues
  • Facilitates continuity of communication, completion of action items and regular and timely communications with the GHSC-PSM TO4 team, other project units and the USAID TO4 team
  • Collaborates with the TO4 team (TO Director, Finance Manager, MNCH Technical Coordinator and Zika Coordinator) to develop and monitor the TO4 cost recovery and core budgets, workplans and activities
  • Promotes knowledge sharing through the SharePoint site consistent with project priorities and PSM work plan
  • Fosters and demonstrate a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation, and exceeding expectations
  • Serve as acting Task Order Director, as needed
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Minimum 8 years of MNCH prevention and treatment program and/or MNCH supply chain for developing country experience required
  • Master’s degree required
  • Experience working with USAID projects and other international organizations working on public health, with a preference for MNCH-specific experience
  • In-depth experience supporting public health, and preferably MNCH programs, in developing countries
  • Experience in engaging with the private sector in MNCH supply chain preferred
  • Ability to work across multiple teams and disciplines, communicating clearly and collaborating effectively
  • Ability to both lead and support, switching between the two with eas.
  • Ability to effectively lead meetings, communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing, and to analyze and present data to technically sophisticated audiences as well as generalists
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, organizing and prioritizing work strategically and efficiently
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Proven analytical and organization skills working in a cross-cultural environment
  • Willingness to work overseas for up to 4 to 8 weeks per year; experience living or working in developing countries preferred
  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in English required, proficiency in French preferred


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