Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women's lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Senior Program Design Advisor
Location:Washington, DC, Watertown, MA, or flexible/remote
Summary:The Senior Program Design Advisor leads the process of developing sound technical proposals that have strong and compelling strategic approaches in line with Pathfinder's relevant technical strategies and in response to donor priorities and requirements. The Senior Program Design Advisor leads internal capacity building for Pathfinder staff in program design and proposal strategy development.
Key Job Outcomes:
Program Design: Collaborate with the Business Development, Technical, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, and Country teams to design the proposal strategy in response to donor requests for proposals/applications. Leads strategic framework design through collaborative teamwork, facilitating inputs from Technical Advisors and country teams.
Program Design Process:Lead the program design process, working with the Technical Writer, to demonstrate Pathfinder voice, style, and technical familiarity with Pathfinder strategies and approaches. Advises on appropriate potential partners and participates in discussions with partners on their input and roles. Draft theory of change and technical proposal outlines
Project Management:Facilitate proposal planning meetings with technical, program, MEL, and country teams, leading the group through collective brainstorming sessions to identify win themes, theory of change, and strategic approaches
External Source Lead:Meet with government officials and key stakeholders to identify strategic priorities within the country context and capture the program design and contextual analysis.
Proposal Viability Decision:Contribute to decision-making regarding proposal package including selection of key personnel and project management structure, budget alignment, and workplan
Technical Writing Review:Review proposal drafts and conduct final review and sign-off on technical narrative
Capacity Building:Builds internal capacity through formal training and informal mentorship in program design and proposal development processes. Develops and leads in-house training program for staff on program design.
Technical Writing:Serve as Technical writer as needed to write and edit Pathfinder proposals and other technical materials.
Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
Proposal Design: Advanced knowledge in proposal design and execution.
Program Design:Advanced skills in program design from development of strategic frameworks, to consortium/partner composition, to full proposals package.
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services:Advanced knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of programs, including program strategies and indicators, and the latest professional developments in SRHR, including special challenges faced in the developing world.
Technical Writing:Mastery knowledge and application of technical writing principles and practices.
Data Analysis:Intermediate knowledge of demographic health data analysis for decision-making.
USAID:Mastery skills in USAID proposal an USAID funded proposal work
Program and Project Planning and Management:Advanced skills in program and project management and planning to fulfill performance objectives.
Presentation Skills:Ability to make presentations on results and products to small and large groups.
Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:
Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
Project Planning and Management: Advanced knowledge and skills in project management and planning to fulfill performance objectives.
Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills using English language required with full professional proficiency in French highly preferred. Professional fluency includes the ability to lead and facilitate meetings with native speakers, conduct interviews, and prepare and interpret correspondence and documents.
Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others, including donor agencies and local partners, through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
Presentation Skills: Proven ability to make presentations from prepared materials to small and large groups.
Community Relations: Advanced skills in facilitating working relationships with key constituents.
Required Education, Training and Experience:
Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics, social sciences or a related field preferred,
7 years' experience as proposal lead, with record of developing successful USAID, private foundation, and other donor-funded proposals/applications.
Prefer: Experience in designing and facilitating staff trainings
Experience living in counties where Pathfinder works. Extensive experience in cross-cultural collaboration and engagement.
Travel required (at least 35%)
Must be eligible to work in the US
Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer
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