Technical Lead, READY Initiative (P4) At Save the Children – US

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Save the Children is recruiting a Senior Advisor (Technical Lead) to join the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance-funded READY initiative team for an expected two-year extension. The Technical Lead provides technical leadership and guidance for SC and its consortium partners in developing and implementing the program strategy, and ensures the technical and methodological soundness of activities. The Technical Lead provides expertise in infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness and response, humanitarian response, and providing technical support to large-scale outbreak responses. The Technical Lead serves on READY’s core team and as a member of Save the Children’s broader Emergency Health and Nutrition (EHN) team. This leadership position reports to the READY Chief of Party and serves as a key member of the READY team. This position is contingent on funding. More information about the READY initiative can be found at

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Program Management and Implementation (70%)

  • Provide strategic oversight in the development and implementation of annual workplans, ensuring overall quality and technical soundness of READY activities and products. This includes matrixed management of technical advisors, cross-consortium technical support, and leadership to directly deliver specific components of the workplan.
  • Provide technical leadership and facilitation to the planning, implementation, and after-action reviews of READY-led webinars, training, and events, including developing and delivering technical content (training, e-learnings, technical reports, etc.) and leading on the project management and delivery of specific activities within the workplan.
  • Serve as the infectious disease technical focal point for all consortium members’ technical leads.
  • Support the Chief of Party to develop and ensure adherence to the agreed project, organizational, and donor policies and procedures for timely, high-quality, and compliant project implementation.
  • Provide technical support and mentorship to prioritize responses and/or support organizational readiness for potential new responses.
  • Draft and review internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Manage and facilitate initiative and activity-level advisory groups.

Coordination, Representation and Networking (30%)

  • Proactively engage with regional and global internal and external coordination mechanisms (e.g., GOARN, Global Health Cluster, OCHA Information Management Working Group, etc.) representing and raising the profile of READY’s work within these groups, identifying new and relevant areas for READY engagement, and identifying emerging trends and gaps in outbreak readiness and response to inform READY’s work.
  • Develop and expand READY’s network to identify potential new partnerships and collaborations and new opportunities for READY engagement.
  • Serve on relevant advisory and peer groups to support the delivery of work within READY’s remit.
  • Regularly seek opportunities to present and disseminate READY’s work internally and externally.
  • Through specific READY activities, work with national and international NGO technical teams and leadership to identify challenges and priorities related to infectious disease outbreak response.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 7 years of relevant experience
  • Proven experience implementing emergency health programs in technical lead or technical advisor capacity, with experience in outbreak preparedness, surveillance, and response
  • Background in infectious diseases and prevention, preparedness, and response and experience in humanitarian response are essential
  • Proven technical skills in multi-sector program design, supervision, monitoring, evaluation, and research skills
  • Experience developing and implementing blended-learning capacity-building initiatives across networks
  • Prior experience and knowledge of USAID regulations and requirements
  • Previous experience interacting with US government agencies, host country governments, and other global and national stakeholders
  • Experience building networks and acting as organizational/project representative
  • Proven Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Ability to assess priorities, solve problems and competently complete a variety of activities with a high level of accuracy and timeliness
  • Demonstrated experience drafting, reviewing and editing programmatic and research reports
  • Proven visual presentation and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Willingness and ability to travel to remote and/or insecure locations (estimated 15% travel expected)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Public Health or medicine
  • Direct experience managing or providing senior level technical support in humanitarian environments, ideally with national or international NGOs
  • Proven experience working effectively in a matrixed management environment
  • Written and oral fluency in at least one other language (i.e., French, Arabic and/or Spanish)

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children

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