Health Technical Advisor

Health Technical Advisor

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Position Type
Organization Type
Professional Level
Non-Competitive Eligibility
Advanced Degree Required

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Health Technical Advisor
American Refugee Committee

Job Posting Date September 3, 2014
Application Deadline September 10, 2014


Technical Assistance (40%)

  • Technically supports health team project leads and focal points in the health assessment, design, planning, ongoing implementation and monitoring of ARC’s current and new global/multi-country health projects.
  • Provides technical and programmatic support to ARC field staff, including: program design, planning, reporting and training activities related to Primary Health Care, Nutrition, MCH, SBC, Communicable diseases, Procurement and supply chain management, M&E.
  • Strengthens technical assistance and support to the field through regular touch-in calls, email exchange and field visits, as requested and planned.
  • Works with country programs to develop sector specific strategies and assists country teams to design technically sound log frames and work plans to guide sector strategies.
  • Disseminates and assists Country Programs to adopt best practices on comprehensive health programs and helps develop pilot projects for testing new and innovative programming.
  • Reviews and provides technical input on reports and other documents as needed (internal program reports and donor reports).

Strategic Development (30%)

  • Works closely with Program Development Associates and country program teams to manage proposal renewals and new business development, including technical reviews and inputs for health and nutrition components of proposals.
  • Works with ARC country programs to produce accurate and high-quality project proposals and reports; coordinates and leads proposal development and submission process as needed.
  • Works closely with ARC HQ and ARC country offices and programs and facilitates the implementation and integration of global health activities within country program initiatives.
  • Works with non-traditional donors to raise awareness of ARC’s work and expand ARC’s outreach.
  • Participates in global and regional health-related international initiatives to represent ARC and promote ARC initiatives and partnership opportunities.
  • Works on strengthening relationship-building, exploring potential collaborations and promoting integration to enhance ARC’s Primary Health Care and Nutrition Programming. One new focus is on the expansion of artemisinin resistance containment programming.
  • Works with other Health and sectoral Technical Advisors, Senior Manager of Program Development and Quality and senior country program staff to identify and secure health specific funding opportunities including institutional donors, research grants and alternative funding streams.

Management and Supervision (15%)

  • Acts as focal point for designated health initiatives, working with main donors, providing TA and M&E support.
  • Maintains regular communication with key health donors and provides technical support to ARC’s health field sites to ensure that program objectives and reporting requirements are met.
  • Works closely with field team to ensure progress is made against key indicators and discusses program improvements necessary to achieve objectives.
  • Provides assistance to health team project leads with monitoring of centrally-funded health budgets.
  • Assists with development of standard job descriptions for international/national health positions and conducts/delegates health employee orientations; conducts HQ interviews with new program staff, interns, and consultants as needed.

Quality Control (15%)

  • Commissions and undertakes regular technical review visits to health program sites in the field and supports country program adherence to global best practices.
  • Provides initial technical approval of program proposals, reports, specialist ToRs, evaluation, and survey methodologies.
  • Stays abreast of state of the art developments in quality standards and innovations relative to health programming, including donor strategies and guidelines, and ensures timely circulation of information

Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Master's in Public Health or related degree; clinical background a plus.
  • Five years' experience working with a humanitarian relief and development organization in related health programs.
  • Three years' direct field experience at country level preferred.
  • Two years' experience with malaria control and prevention programming a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in project design and proposal development.
  • Significant proven experience of managing technical health teams at country level and supporting health programs through distance management.


  • Experience with relief and development NGOs.
  • Superior writing, editing and communication skills.
  • Team player, self-motivated, can-do attitude, willingness to be flexible and take the initiative on tasks that may fall outside of regular responsibilities.
  • Training facilitation experience a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in several of the following areas: Malaria, TB, HIV, PHC, Nutrition, M&E, program planning and implementation; gender sensitive approaches; training; participatory methodologies; research and evaluation.
  • Approximately 33% travel required.

Additional Information

Advanced Degree Required


Depends on qualifications.

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