Job purpose

An experienced international director in communicable diseases control. The Technical Director is responsible for the technical oversight of Malaria Consortium programmes and activities worldwide and for the quality of the technical input into all Malaria Consortium’s work.

Scope of work

The Technical Director will chair the Senior Technical Team (STT) and will sit as a member of the Global Management Group (GMG). In addition to technical oversight, technical quality assurance, thoughtleadership and global positioning, the postholder will ensure effective planning and management of activities of the UK-based members of the technical team.

Key working relationships

The Technical Director works internally with Chief Executive, (CE), Regional Programme Directors, (RPD), Finance Director, (FD), Human Resource Director (HRD), Programme Director for SMC, the Senior Technical team, (STT), Heads of Business Development andExternal Relations, the Senior

Technical Support Officer, the Technical Operations Coordinator and the Technical Writing Specialist. Externally the Technical Director works closely with partners, key health organisations, academic institutions, and donors globally.

Key accountabilities

Strategic Management

  • Work with the CE, the Global Management Group (GMG) and Technical teams to develop and keep current the organisation’s overall technical strategy
  • Develop specific strategies for key areas of research and technical activity
  • Recommend to the Chief Executive the key technical staffing requirements to deliver the agreed strategy
  • Provide the Board of Trustees with advice on strategy for control of diseases, especially malaria and updates on project progress as appropriate
  • Contribute fully to wider organisation decision making as part of the GMG
  • Provide stewardship to the Board of Trustees’ Research Advisory Group (BoT-RAG) to support thinking on Research strategy, opportunities, and priorities

Technical Oversight and Strategic Input

  • Provide technical guidance, sign off and oversight to Malaria Consortium’s projects
  • Respond to queries from partners, clients, and staff about key issues in Malaria Consortium’s areas of activity and expertise
  • Provide the technical framework and strategic lead on public health for all current business areas (Burden reduction to Elimination, Data-informed decision-making, Influencing policy and practice, and Supporting health sector resilience to achieve Universal Health Coverage), Communities of Practice (Social and Behaviour Change, Capacity Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Digital Health solutions), disease areas (including: Malaria, NTDs, Dengue, Pneumonia, and Malnutrition) and Child and Maternal Health more generally, for Malaria Consortium to achieve its objectives
  • Work closely with the Global Technical Team (GTT) and the External Relations team to ensure the consistent availability of technical content for organisational publications
  • Facilitate and foster the writing of quality and impactful peer-review publications and thought-leadership pieces
  • Be Principal Investigator (PI) on selected high-impact projects

Performance Management and Quality Assurance

  • Provide technical leadership in developing and implementing quality assurance mechanisms to ensure there is a coherent and consistently high standard of advice and content in all Malaria Consortium programmes and products (includes documents, website, consultant briefings)
  • Establish and coordinate technical training, orientation, updates, and briefs to improve the capacity of Malaria Consortium offices, staff, and partner organisations
  • Develop, and keep current, policy and strategy frameworks and briefs on key aspects of disease elimination and health system effectiveness and efficiency
  • Provide oversight to experiential and lessons learning for technical quality improvement
  • Work with the Senior Technical Support Officer to see that targeted project management support is provided to selected projects and activities based out of the UK office
  • Foster relevant cross-function collaborations at the UK office to achieve high technical quality and strategy implementation
  • Support and supervise key technical staff

Financial and Resource Management

  • Support the management and monitoring of financial resources appropriately and ensure application globally
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of the financial resources of programmes and projects, in close collaboration with the CE and FD including the review with GMG of monthly management accounts and those for the organisation as a whole
  • Review annual budgets and quarterly forecasts of the technical team working closely with the Technical Operations Coordinator and ensure timely submission to and approval by CE and FD
  • Review technical assistance forecasts working closely with the Technical Operations Coordinator and ensure timely allocation of experts
  • Work closely with the Senior Technical Support Officer on effective resource management to achieve optimal resourcing of the STT to priority activities

Representation and Partnerships

  • Participate in global policy development, lead Malaria Consortium’s contributions and represent Malaria Consortium in international fora
  • Propose establishment of, and develop and maintain strategic partnerships with, relevant technical organisations and groups
  • Maintain strong links with academic and research organisations

Business Development

  • Provide input and market information related to Malaria Consortium’s business areas on funding strategies for the CE that will help Malaria Consortium win new business and meet its objectives
  • Guide the technical positioning of Malaria Consortium, identifying opportunities for future development and work
  • Contribute to the development of fundraising concepts and proposals and lead the development of technical strategies, inputs, and partnerships
  • Allocate key staff to lead technical input to proposals, reprioritising workload as needed
  • Propose and be involved in donor engagement activities to achieve the objectives of the organisational strategy

Person specification

Qualifications and experience:


  • Substantial and extensive experience in global health with a focus on communicable diseases control and universal health coverage
  • A PhD, or equivalent experience, in a scientific area relevant to Malaria Consortium’s mission
  • Senior leadership experience in an international NGO, academic institution, multilateral agency or relevant private sector business
  • Strategy implementation experience at regional or global levels
  • Strong experience in mentoring senior, high-calibre technical staff
  • Demonstrable experience of representation at government-agency level on behalf of an organisation
  • Significant experience of writing/reviewing proposals targeted at major government development partners and foundations


  • A medical qualification
  • Experience living and/or working in South-East Asia and/or Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Demonstrable experience of working alongside WHO and other multilateral agencies in the international health arena
  • Strong network in the International academic community
  • Extensive experience in health systems strengthening
  • Clear understanding of the opportunities emerging from digitisation and the use of big data
  • Experience communicating technical content through social media
  • Right to work in the UK

Work-based skills:


  • Is an inspirational leader with excellent leadership skills and a growth mindset
  • Able to think strategically and transfer that thinking into practical implications
  • Able to develop and present evidence-based arguments and impact/influence others
  • Able to derive trends from potentially complex analytics
  • Highly capable communicator with excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Highly organised with excellent management and planning skills
  • Is capable of systems thinking, with ability to see end-to-end from programme design to implementation
  • Excellent verbal and written English
  • Track record of publications
  • Committed to the mission and values of Malaria Consortium


  • Is open to consider innovative ways to achieve goals
  • Able to think on one’s feet and handle requests from the Media
  • Good social media skills
  • Excellent project and budget management skills