Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Health Workforce Development Team Lead

Washington, DC
Contact: Dr. Kate Tulenko,

CapacityPlus is USAID’s flagship project to address the global health worker shortage and maldistribution. The project is expected to strengthen the human resources needed to implement quality health programs and meet the MDGs through working in five main result areas. One of these areas is strengthening human resources for health (HRH) workforce development, with a strong focus on pre-service education. The Health Workforce Development Team Lead will lead and manage CapacityPlus’ efforts in this area. Emphasis will be placed on scaling up health worker education and improving the management of health professional schools in low-resources settings, including exploring and implementing innovative financing schemes, and cost-effective approaches to scaling up, and working collaboratively with faith-based organizations. S/he is also responsible for managing and overseeing activities in the areas of information communication technology (ICT) and health worker training; effective use of performance needs assessments as they relate to health worker education, as well as in-service education initiatives including a large ongoing project in e-Health, and continuing professional development for health professionals.

The Team Lead will possess extremely strong management and strategic thinking and planning skills. S/he will work closely with the project’s Deputy Director to build on current project activities and integrate documented promising practices into project plans to achieve the greatest impact on high quality health worker production in HRH crisis countries. S/he must be entrepreneurially-minded, with a great sense of urgency toward activity timelines and timely completion of project deliverables. S/he will be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize existing and new projects in the context of workplan priorities.

The Team Lead heads CapacityPlus’ efforts to expand and apply our technical approaches and initiatives in the management of pre-service education strengthening in low-resource settings. S/he provides expertise and consultation on pre-service education scale-up and management issues and travels to assist in project implementation and quality assurance. The Team Lead works with staff of the CapacityPlus global project and in IntraHealth country offices to ensure that they have pre-service education management/scale-up knowledge and skills appropriate to the job, and that the CapacityPlus project/IntraHealth has the capacity to deliver excellent project results.
The Team Lead also represents IntraHealth’s health worker education management work externally. This includes strategizing and planning with staff, donors, partners, and colleagues. S/he provides technical leadership on pre-service education scale-up and management topics and program experience in global health fora.
This position is based in Washington, DC and will report to the Deputy Director of CapacityPlus. S/he works closely with other senior technical advisors, senior program managers, the operations team, and others involved in program design and implementation.

• Oversee and manage all result-area activities; conduct weekly team meetings and keep up-to-date progress and status reports.
• Hire and manage relevant consultants as needed.
• Delegate result-area activities and tasks to appropriate staff or consultants and closely review progress and deliverables.
• Provide leadership to oversee a Health Professional Education Management Advisory Board.
• Facilitate the use of relevant global published literature and make recommendations on how to apply the most up-to-date practices.
• Build CapacityPlus’/IntraHealth’s technical capacity in pre-service, in-service, and continuing education.
• Act as a liaison with partners including the WHO, ICN, and the Medical and Nursing Education Partnership Initiatives (MEPI and NEPI).
• Oversee case studies on the effectiveness of school management capabilities and coordinate review of developed tools to assist schools in improving their management.
• Improve management capacity of tertiary health professional schools, including organizational structure, business processes, and financing and budgeting, so that they can produce more high quality health workers with existing resources.
• Assist CapacityPlus’ ICT team in the development and use of open-source school management software.
• Along with CapacityPlus’ ICT team, oversee the development and use of a software application and curricula to bring key technical updates to rural health workers via mobile phones.
• Engage diaspora health workers in capacity development dialogue and efforts in their home countries; assist in developing high-impact strategies for involving diaspora workers in HRH capacity building.
• Provide technical assistance to health professional schools in developing countries to improve the management of pre-service education institutions.
• Work collaboratively with other CapacityPlus and IntraHealth staff on other projects in developing countries, providing technical input as requested.
• Provide regular technical updates for CapacityPlus and IntraHealth staff via presentations, e-mail, teleconferences, blogs, etc.
• Provide updates to field staff as needed, using an array of communication approaches appropriate to specific country settings (e.g. teleconferencing, posting to portal pages or e-mail, travel, and one-on-one consultation).
• Foster communication on pre-service education-related topics and successes across projects and across countries.
• An advanced degree in public health, higher education, management or other related field and a minimum of eight years professional public health and/or development experience (or a PhD and 6 years experience, or an equivalent combination of higher education and experience)
• 5 or more years experience in health workforce preferred; ideally in pre-service or in-service education with strong knowledge of and/or practical experience in national pre-service education assessments, workforce policy and planning, human resource development and management, management of education systems, leadership development, performance improvement, and delivering or evaluating health professionals’ education
• Strong leadership, management, and strategic thinking skills
• Sense of urgency toward timely completion of scheduled deliverables
• Experience meeting complex technical assistance requirements and monitoring several concurrent projects/activities with a results-oriented focus
• Experience providing technical assistance in a low-resource setting is preferred
• Experience with USG/USAID-funded technical assistance projects a strong plus
• Proactive, self-starter with the ability to work alone and in teams in a collegial and collaborative manner
• Excellent technical writing skills
• Superior interpersonal and intercultural skills (e.g., working with partners in the US, regional and country offices, and in host countries)
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required; ability to work in one foreign language (Spanish or French) desired
• High level of computer literacy in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet
• Ability to travel 20% of the time

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kate Tulenko,

The CapacityPlus Partnership

IntraHealth International, Inc.

Tel. 1 202 407 9473

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