Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Alive & Thrive (A&T) is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development. Good nutrition in the first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to enable all children to lead healthier and more productive lives. Alive & Thrive is scaling up improved infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition (MIYCN) through partnerships with entities that fund or manage large scale programs in several countries in Asia and Africa. Leveraging diverse opportunities to benefit MIYCN is a priority for A&T. The partnerships are facilitated by A&T through strategic technical support, policy advocacy, and the dissemination of innovations, tools, and lessons at country, regional and global levels. Alive & Thrive is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation (BMGF) and the governments of Canada and Ireland.
This position will focus on South Asia, where BMGF has expanded funding for Alive & Thrive. A&T works in Bangladesh and India to provide technical assistance in MIYCN related programs at the national level with multiple Ministries of the Government and other nutrition stakeholders such as the UN agencies, development banks, academic institution, various NGOs, and BMGF grantees. We have national level offices in Bangladesh and India, and two state offices in Bihar and UP in India. In the next few years we expect to work in several other states in India; these are considered ‘diffusion geographies’.
The Director Programs, Asia provides overall strategic direction, engages with and maintains effective partnerships, and guides the national teams in day to day portfolio management to ensure timely, high quality deliverables. She/he makes sure that various stakeholders and collaborators are clear about our mutual roles and responsibilities with reasonable timelines, adequate budgeting and staffing allocated for each area of work, and timebound deliverables and budgets. The Director Programs, Asia also follows up day to day to ensure that we are providing the best possible technical support in a timely manner as per written agreements with each stakeholder. He/she calls upon A&T headquarters teams of technical experts to ensure state of the art technical content and proven methods and approaches. He/she uses existing approaches or develops effective management mechanisms and tools to facilitate clarity in defining A&T’s role and partner expectations commensurate with the mutual capacities and time needed to deliver high quality support by A&T. A key ingredient is to strengthen A&T country team abilities to identify potential bottlenecks in advance and address them efficiently across national and state programs. He/she fosters innovation and drives adoption of leading practices; shares new knowledge, learning, evidence and best practices across country programs through collaboration and cross country fertilization.
The Director Programs, Asia provides direct supervision and oversight to Country Program Directors for Bangladesh and India, and to the members of country teams with administrative, operations and management responsibilities. Technical staff will continue to be supervised by Country Directors. She/he maintains good communication with the donor office in New Delhi, while keeping the global Project Director informed about key issues and progress towards results.
Essential Job Functions
Travel Required: Minimum of 40%
Specific Knowledge Requirements