Senior Technical Advisor, Health Strengthening Systems & Neglected Tropical Diseases (French Required)

World Vision is hiring a French- Speaking Senior Technical Advisor to work with Neglected Tropical Diseases and Health System Strengthening to serve on the Program Quality & Impact Health Team.

At a Glance

Role: Senior Technical Advisor

Location: Washington, D.C. USA preferred, Eastern Time Zone strongly preferred; remote within the U.S. possible

Reports to: Health Director – PQI Health

Required Experience: Master’s degree required. International relevant technical experience, related professional experience, or research institution experience required; 6+ years. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French. Must be able to establish strong relationships cross culturally. Proven work experience securing and/or managing significant funding from institutional donors. Demonstrate experience in successfully designing and implementing robust HSS programs in a developing country context. Deep technical knowledge in the international development health sector and relevant work experience in strengthening health systems in and or with a combination of the following: health in emergencies, NTDs, fragile/conflict settings, local partners capacity strengthening is required.

Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the USA for any employer.

Travel: Up to 40% of time both in development and fragile contexts, primarily in Western Africa.

Salary Range: $95,000 – $156,000. The typical hiring range is $100,000 – $125,000 annually. Job offers within the range are based on relevant job qualifications and pay equity. This range applies to locations with a market similar to our Washington D.C. office. A different range may apply based on your work location.

The Job:

World Vision is looking for a Health System Strengthening (HSS) Senior Technical Advisor (STA): Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to provide technical guidance and support to the country offices to define and deliver on key objectives towards the goal of project sustainability for national NTD programs. The Advisor will broadly provide technical and management leadership to countries to design and implement of NTD sustainability technical framework and strategies. S/he will establish and maintain relationship with high-level government and key stakeholders to influence and building consensus toward collaboration across sectors. The Advisor shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics working across sectors to carefully and collaboratively to support the NTDP and relevant NTD stakeholders. S/he will provide technical advice based upon expertise and knowledge of evidence-based methods and strategies, current practice, and established operational and assessment standards, to ensure quality and rigorous design to maximize efficiencies and program effectiveness through leveraging and complementing related health sectors interventions including malaria, basic education, water, sanitation, hygiene, and maternal and child health to reach greater numbers with NTD interventions.

Your Responsibilities Will Include:

The USAID’s Act to End NTDs | West program (2018 -2026) supports the elimination and control of NTDs in 11 West African Countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leona, and Togo). The program aims to make NTD programs capable of sustaining long-term control of SCH, STH (and onchocerciasis in selected countries), and to mainstreaming NTD programs into national health systems.

Under USAID’s ACT |West Program, World Vision is a technical partner charged to provide technical assistance to NTDPs to develop and define country-specific cross-sectoral approaches to sustain deworming interventions, the government should make them part of the basic services package and deliver them through existing platforms. World Vision guides, develops, and strengthens cross sector coordination mechanisms to leverage existing drug distribution platforms and in-country technical expertise to implement long-term, cost-effective Schistosomiasis (SCH) and Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) programs, in close coordination with WASH, Nutrition, Malaria, MCH, and School programming to achieve each country’s control objectives.

This French-speaking Senior Health System Strengthening Advisor key responsibilities and outcomes are:

Technical Assistance

As one of the primary project experts on HSS, the Advisor will provide technical support to:

Develop an NTD mainstreaming & capacity building strategy and implementation plan in collaboration with Ministries of Health (MOHs) and the consortium partners
Enable the successful execution of the plan and coordinate specific country actions to be implemented in collaboration with WV country offices, MOHs and program consortium partners.
Support the NTDP/MOHs to maximize efficiencies and program effectiveness through leveraging and complementing related health sectors interventions including malaria, basic education, water, sanitation, hygiene, and maternal and child health to reach greater numbers with NTD interventions
“Mainstream” NTD programs into the broader national health system such that:
NTD programs leverages and collaborates across sectors for NTD sustainability.
NTD programs engage and build sustainable relationships between government/policy makers for improved service delivery and responsiveness to NTD program needs
NTD programs are adequately funded and included in their annual budgets
NTD control programs are fully integrated into the national health system or into other cross-sector platforms for sustainability
NTD indicators are included and monitored among national health indicators; and
NTDs are integrated in the national policies, strategies, plans and structures at national and sub-national levels
Leverage cross-sector interventions and non-traditional public health platforms for implementation of NTD interventions.
Ensure that HSS program implementation activities adhere to the appropriate global strategy and remains technically sound.
Ensure the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.
Identify areas for improved efficiency or effectiveness within prescribed parameters, and institute enhancements to procedures

Planning and Management

Plan and implement of budgets and work plans for coordination, mainstreaming and sustainability activities.
Plan and schedule workflow and timetables, within area and function guidelines.
Maintain a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts, the technical staff of the consortium and relevant government agencies, and other partners.
Contribute own expertise and experience to:
influence design and scope of initiatives and programs.
review, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and make recommendations for enhancements.
develop well-informed advice and strategies that are sensitive to the various needs of multiple stakeholders and partners, reflect the strategic direction of the department and position WV for success; and
participate in resource development activities.
Represent WV and Act to End NTDs | West at professional meetings and conferences.
Conduct briefings and technical meetings for program management, and other relevant representatives.
Coordinate with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field for addressing situations that are less routine and more unusual.

You Bring These Skills:

Fluent in French
Expert in Neglected Tropical Diseases
Familiar with health issues in Western Africa
Experience strengthening health systems
Must be able to establish strong relationships cross culturally
Planning and organization
Able to balance multiple priorities
Flexible and adaptable
Take initiative
Problem solver
Drives to get results
Works well with key stakeholders and donors
Exercises discernment when making decisions
Strong financial and grant management skills
Knowledgeable within the NGO industry
Strategically manages resources
Strong oral and written communicator
Qualified at project management
Able to meet private and public donor requirements and expectations
Understands and supports fundraising work and extensions of grants

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree, required
Master’s degree in public health, international development, public policy, or related field required
Business proficiency in French, required
A minimum of 6 years’ global and in-country experience in implementation of health systems strengthening programs and/or policy reform preferably addressing cross-sector issues and health financing, or equivalent combination of education and experience; 8 years+ preferred
Proven work experience securing and/or managing significant funding from institutional donors
Previous experience in implementing robust and successful NTD and/or HSS programs in a developing country context, with
technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: health financing, policy reform, service coverage, workforce alignment and/or related areas of health system strengthening; and
experience implementing NTD and/or HSS programs that incorporate the non-health sector and/or multi-health sector programs.

Additional Skills We Are Interested In:

Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the external environment and how it affects the project in general and the organization, including political, legal, environmental, financial, and social influences.
Demonstrated management, leadership, decision making, and interpersonal skills.
Full professional proficiency in English and French with excellent oral and written communications skills.
Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with senior Government personnel, international organizations, NGO partners, host country governments, and U.S. Government Agencies.
Familiar with donor/client funded programs and corresponding regulations and communication styles; familiarity with USAID funded projects preferred.
Written and published materials related to the technical area, g., journal articles, job aids, training curricula, and other tools.
Ability to communicate effectively across cultures including:
asking for information in a way that is very clear and specific
conducting trainings for field office staff and in-country partners that will be well received
interacting with internal and external colleagues
Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion.
Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team.
Highly computer literate including knowledge of Microsoft software products, and strong Excel skills.
Ability to undertake international travel
Multicultural work experience needed

Salary Range & Benefits:

WVUS Pay Grade Level: 228
The full range for this position is $95,000 – $156,000.
Typical hiring range is $100,000 – $125,000 annually.
This range applies to locations with a market similar to our Washington D.C. office. A different range may apply based on your work location.
Job offers within the range are based on relevant job qualifications and pay equity. World Vision employees see our Salary Administration Guidelines and My Life My Benefits pages on our organization intranet known as the Vine.
Please indicate the range you’re targeting when asked during the application process.
In addition, we have a robust and comprehensive benefits package to round our total compensation package. Click here to learn more.
Additionally, merit, auto allowance, and relocation may be available to eligible employees based on existing plans.

Where This Job Could Take Your Career:

World Vision provides opportunities for growth in different sectors within the partnership. You’ll be part of World Vision USA as well as part of the larger World Vision International Partnership. Globally, we have over 34,000+ staff working in nearly 100 countries (~1,000 staff with World Vision US).

About World Vision:

We’re a global Christian humanitarian organization. We partner with children, families, and their communities to empower them as they reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For over 70 years, World Vision has followed Jesus’ example to show unconditional love to the poor and oppressed. We serve every child regardless of faith.

What Happens Next?

Applications are reviewed weekly. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an initial phone conversation with a recruiter. If questions arise on our end about your application, we will message you to learn more. We encourage you to submit a PDF resume and a cover letter! Our goal is to fill this vacancy with the right person in the shortest amount of time. All interviews will be virtual at this time.

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