Technical Director

FHI 360 , United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th November, 2019

Job Description

The Technical Director, Education in Emergencies (EiE) is a senior member of the Global Education Department, providing technical expertise on improving access and quality of education, with specific emphasis on education in emergencies, conflict, and crisis settings. The Education in Emergencies practice area is a relatively new and growing team at FHI 360. The Technical Director will support work in three areas: technical leadership, program/project support and oversight, and business development. The Technical Director, EiE will provide thought leadership and technical expertise around the issues, challenges, and strategies for improving access to quality education in areas affected by conflict, civil unrest, crime and security concerns, and natural and man-made disasters. Working closely with project and HQ teams with expertise in all areas of education, civil society and peacebuilding, youth development, workforce development, and other development disciplines, they will support development of conflict sensitive solutions. The Technical Director will support and supervise a team of three technical staff and coordinate partnerships with other teams in Global education and across FHI 360. They will provide direct oversight to and/or serve as a technical partner for field-based projects as assigned to ensure effective project implementation that meets or exceeds client expectations. They will play a significant role in business development, including opportunity identification, capture, proposal development technical leadership, strategic partnering, and budgeting with a primary focus on EiE opportunities. The individual in this position will be based in FHI 360’s Washington, D.C. office and will report to the Director of Global Education.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Provides technical leadership on FHI 360’s work in addressing education challenges in conflict and crisis situations, consulting with other members of FHI 360’s education team, as well as the Regional Offices, and other teams, including Crisis Response, youth, civil society and peacebuilding, and workforce development.
  • Serves as the lead specialist for designing and implementing strategies, tools, and approaches for providing equitable access to high-quality education in emergencies and in complex situations.
  • Provides mentorship and growth opportunities to direct reports.
  • On assigned projects, provides technical direction and serves as HQ partner for the COP and for the technical local teams on strategy, technical approach, budgeting and planning.
  • As a technical representative of Global Education, communicates broadly in the education community with clients, partners, and other experts about projects and business development opportunities, particularly those focused on EiE.
  • Actively participates in global fora on Education in Emergencies and understands global trends among donors, implementers and researchers. Identifies and creates opportunities to leverage FHI 360 expertise.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, global networks, bilateral and other NGOs and consistently maintained and viewed as a knowledgeable resource in the EiE field.
  • Collaborates with the Global Education Director to identify, track, and develop opportunities for education projects.
  • Leads the development of major proposals, including project design and contributing substantially to writing as needed.
  • Works with the Global Education leadership team to develop a robust portfolio in innovative EiE programs.
  • Oversees the technical input of department staff, consultants and subcontractors on assigned projects.
  • Reviews and prepares budgeting reviews with staff, including planning and providing coverage for projects, and reporting back to the Global Education Director.
  • Collaborates with the Global Education Director and the Director of Research and
  • Evaluation to identify and implement critical research to develop a solid evidence base for effective EiE strategies and solutions.


  • Provide technical leadership in a specific technical component and/or program-wide activities.
  • With technical oversight, provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation; and capacity building of specific technical components of programs.
  • Responsible for accomplishing assigned job responsibilities, and following the standards and practices of the department and division.
  • Responsible for planning and scheduling own work-flow and timetables, within area and function guidelines.
  • Identifies areas for improved efficiency or effectiveness within prescribed parameters, and institutes enhancements to procedures. In particular, responsible for identifying, communicating and helping to develop the policies and procedures needed to effectively deliver programs in humanitarian contexts.
  • Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs.
  • Develops tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
  • Ensures that project implementation adheres to the appropriate global strategy and remains technically sound.
  • May serve as a departmental resource on procedural, administrative and operational issues.
  • Provides broad global technical leadership to multiple components for moderate to complex programs.
  • Defines and develops solutions for major business or functional challenges.
  • Contributes to planning and making recommendations for department/program/project concept, operations, and/or implementation.
  • Influences design and scope of initiatives and programs.
  • Reviews, analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of programs/projects and makes recommendations for enhancements.

Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

  • Represents the organization and/or Institute to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Continually maintains a dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
  • Coordinates with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field for situations that is less routine and more unusual.
  • Strategic focus for all programs independent of degree of complexity.
  • Leads a large complex division of the organization and is accountable for developing the division’s strategic and operational plans, goals, and policies.
  • Contributes to and executes parts of the strategic and operational plans of the organization.
  • Leads through subordinate directors and managers and other direct reports, all of whom are management.
  • Responsible for financial matters within the division.
  • Typically serves as a member of the senior management team.
  • Considered a technical expert in their field by internal and external entities.
  • Communicates organization-wide strategies and priorities to functional leaders who will develop strategic and operational plans and policies for their own areas.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Assists senior management in determining organization objectives, and interprets organization policies.
  • Establishes organization policies in a major segment of the technical area.
  • Has experience developing business processes and structures to increase efficiency and support growth
  • Has experience leading teams through growth and transition.
  • Demonstrates realistic budgeting and fiscal accountability.
  • Represents the organizational unit as internal and external contact.
  • Conducts briefings and technical meetings for top management and customer representatives.
  • Interacts with equivalent level managers concerning matters of significance to the company.
  • In-depth understanding of the external environment and how it affects the industry in general and organization in particular, including political, legal, environmental, financial and social influences.
  • In-depth and deep understanding of the structure, operations, human resources and finances of the organization and the complexities of their interdependencies.

EducationMaster’s Degree or Ph.D in Education or its International Equivalent in Education, Human Development or Related Field.


  • Typically requires 10+ years of experience in a specialized technical field of study.
  • Considered an expert in their technical field of study or knowledge area.
  • Informed of current program developments in division/unit/technical area.
  • Oversee and leads projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
  • Familiar with donor/client funded programs and corresponding regulations and communication styles.
  • Written and published materials related to technical area e.g., journal articles, job aids, training curricula, and other tools.
  • Experience in specialized technical/medical field of study.


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