Technical Director for Capacity Development

The Technical Director for Capacity Development is a key personnel position for the USAID funded Health Policy Project (HPP). As such, the Technical Director oversees and promotes the strategy and activities related to increasing in-country individual and institutional capacity for addressing policy, advocacy, and governance needs in family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) and HIV. Effective leadership and implementation of these efforts are critical to the transformational nature of this project. S/he is responsible for ensuring the overall technical excellence and efficacy of integrating capacity building approaches throughout the project and achieving and documenting results in this area. As a member of the project’s Leadership plus Technical Directors Team, s/he is integral to project planning and management and effective communications with staff as well as USAID.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support development of effective approaches, tools, and methodologies for field programs and core-funded activities
  • Manage core-funded capacity building activities in approved workplans within desired timeframe, quality, and budgetary parameters
  • Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight to a core group of staff as a capacity development team
  • Establish partnerships at higher education institutions and with professional development programs
  • Oversee development and technical quality of training curricula
  • Work closely with the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation and Knowledge Management advisors to design and implement a robust program for capturing and disseminating capacity development achievements in policy, advocacy, and governance
  • Identify and share best practices with USAID and other stakeholders


  • Master’s degree or higher in education, organizational behavior/development, management, business and/or health administration, sustainable development, or a related advanced degree
  • 10+ years of experience implementing or managing projects addressing issues of policy and advocacy for the health sector in developing countries
  • At least 5 years of experience designing and implementing capacity building approaches and interventions; and well versed in capacity M&E
  • Knowledge of evidence-based and promising models and internationally recognized best practices in capacity building for health programming generally and policy, advocacy, and governance specifically
  • Experience with family planning/reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries and in the global arena is highly desirable
  • Experience providing technical assistance and capacity development support in policy-related work
  • Knowledge and experience advising partners on gender issues in reproductive health and HIV and AIDS policy and programs, familiarity with health systems strengthening preferred
  • Experience with organizational development and online/distance learning preferred
  • Experience living or working overseas in developing countries preferred
  • Responsibilities require broad technical knowledge, critical thinking skills, and working in a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in an academic environment or with academic institutions a plus
  • Fluency/proficiency in a second language relevant to a developing country context desirable
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally up to 30% of level of effort annually.

How to apply

To APPLY: Submit your cover letter and CV on-line to Job Req #2013-0252 at our website Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Washington, District of Columbia
USAID funded Health Policy Project (HPP).

USAID funded Health Policy Project (HPP).