Technical Director NGO Vacancy | UNGO Jobs

Job Title: Technical Director

Country: Eswatini
Organization: Pact
Closing date: 4 Mar 2022

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Operations (PrOps) – Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Operations teams contribute to realizing this by: ensuring effective project management through supporting project startups, implementation, reporting and financial management as well as closeouts; portfolio coordination: providing a coordinating role across departments in DC that support country offices and programs; working with country teams to develop, refine and pursue their strategies by leveraging technical knowledge (our own and others) and supporting business development as needed; knowledge sharing and learning: enhancing communication between country offices and DC-based teams to ensure better understanding of the diverse operating environments and program approaches.

Position Overview

Pack seeks an experienced Technical Director for the anticipated CDC/Eswatini Comprehensive Community-based Programming to Maintain HIV Epidemic Control in Eswatini under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Activity. The activity is expected to implement community-based, comprehensive, and evidence-based programming to maintain HIV epidemic control in Eswatini, with a focus on the Manzini and Lubombo regions. This is anticipated to be a five-year activity. The Technical Director directly assists the Project Director to provide technical and strategic leadership and oversight of the project’s implementation and management of community-focused interventions. This position is contingent upon award.

The community programming and structures developed are intended to be resilient and flexible in the face of health, environmental, or political threats, and leveraged to support emerging public health needs. In line with PEPFAR and global approaches, interventions should be client-centered, establish strong collaboration and coordination with health, social welfare, faith-based and civil-society structures, and demonstrate progress toward sustainability over the course of the award.

Areas of focus include:

  1. community-based HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention interventions with an emphasis on preventing HIV acquisition among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and expanding voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) coverage among adolescent boys and young men (ABYM),

  2. refining community case identification and linkage approaches for HIV and tuberculosis (TB),

  3. expanding community-based differentiated service delivery models, and

  4. strengthening the capacity of people living with HIV (PLHIV) networks, civil society organizations (CSOs), faith communities, and other community structures to provide HIV, TB, and GBV services.

Key Responsibilities

  • The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and expert advice on strategies and interventions to implement community-based, comprehensive, and evidence-based programming to maintain HIV epidemic control in Eswatini,
  • Will be fully conversant on global, regional and local best practices and evidence-based approaches in HIV prevention and strengthening the HIV continuum of care for improved HIV clinical outcomes, COVID-19/pandemic preparedness and response, primary health care, and public health to develop and/or adapt for the Eswatini context.
  • Lead and facilitate the integration of evidence-based programming across results areas, while ensuring quality, responsiveness, and relevance of technical assistance and capacity building.
  • Coordinate development, implementation, monitoring and reporting on all project work plans.
  • Supervise program monitoring, evaluating, and reporting activities, ensuring that all project deliverables are met and delivered in a timely and efficient manner.
  • In coordination with the Project Director, the Technical Director will serve as a Pact liaison to CDC and national and local partners, including government officials, civil society. and community leaders, particularly on technical matters.
  • Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in all aspects of project planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Supervise key technical staff directly
  • Represent the project at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support CDC and Pact’s thought leadership in capacity development and health.
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree with nine (9) years work experience or bachelor’s degree with at least eleven (11+) years work experience in a relevant field, such as public health or international development.
  • At least five (5+) years management experience as a Technical Director or in a comparable senior-level leadership position on international donor projects.
  • Experience in direct implementation of public health, health systems and/or health policy programming. Preferably on HHS/CDC projects.
  • Experience in Southern Africa, preferably Eswatini
  • Experience working on teams for USG-funded PEPFAR projects, preferably HHS/CDC
  • Demonstrated leadership and adaptive management skills.
  • Track record of effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and work with and between different stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving and consensus building.
  • Must possess knowledge and experience with SGAC/PEPFAR processes and working knowledge of Country Operational Planning (COP) processes, PEPFAR Guidance, and PEPFAR reporting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Eswatini
  • Eswatini nationals are encouraged to apply.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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