Deputy Director, Technical Program Unit- MSH

Deputy Director, Technical Program Unit- MSH


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is preparing a proposal in anticipation of a USAID-funded global pharmaceutical systems strengthening project. The program will build on the achievements of the MSH-implemented Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. In continuation of the SIAPS program, this anticipated opportunity will work to assure access to quality pharmaceutical products and effective pharmaceutical services to achieve desired health outcomes.

The Deputy Director, Technical Program Unit will assist the Director in the management of planning, coordination, and implementation of the program’s technical activities. The Deputy Director will support the program’s technical teams to ensure effective allocation, prompt response, and coverage of technical support to target countries and health areas in working with the members of the program management team. The Deputy Director will coordinate the production of deliverables/knowledge outputs through the technical teams, in accordance with country-specific, regional, and global technical program unit initiatives. This person will ensure that delivery of technical team outputs align with the donor and country needs and are produced in accordance with program and donor-established timelines. S/he will coordinate technical support assignments to enable efficient, high quality technical assistance (TA) to ensure organizational standards of technical excellence. The Deputy Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining a database of consultants to provide short-term TA for the program.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Establish mechanisms for managing the identification and allocation of technical resources for, and implementation of technical support activities provided to program initiatives worldwide.
  • Liaise with other program units for smooth provision of technical assistance.
  • Maintain appropriate allocation of technical resources to adequately meet the needs at the central and mission-specific funding levels.
  • Manage program technical teams’ adherence to country-specific needs as well as to the needs of USAID.
  • Lead the coordination, including negotiation and deployment, of TA to the regional and country offices, as per requests from the Country and Regional Program Unit.
  • Ensure availability of high quality TA across all programmatic technical areas
  • Support the Director to safeguard the success and efficiency of technical interventions.
  • Ensure that the program adheres to the MSH and the PHT Group organizational standards at the central, regional, and country levels.
  • Directly support the Director in overall management functions.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or higher in management, public administration, social science, or health fields ;
  • Demonstrated senior level experience managing a large group of technical experts to ensure high quality delivery of technical support;
  • A minimum of eight years of experience with USAID programs, standard operating procedures, policies and regulations;
  • Experience providing direct operational management of technical teams across multiple technical areas;
  • Experience in human resources management preferred;
  • Exposure to and working knowledge of pharmaceutical systems and other programs within the PHT Group;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills in English.


  • Travel requirements.
  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10lbs.


Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

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