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Technical Director, Health – ( 200000M1 )


Position Title: Technical Director, Health

Position Type: Full-Time

Department: Program Impact & Quality Assurance (PIQA)

Job Locations: Baltimore, MD

FLSA: Exempt

Reports to: Director of Health, Social Services and Education

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs in: health and social services; emergency response and recovery; agriculture and livelihoods; microfinance; water, environment and sanitation; education; justice and peacebuilding; and capacity strengthening of partners.

Job Summary

The Health Technical Director (hereafter Director) will provide strategic direction for CRS’ programs globally in disease prevention, health system strengthening, curative support, HIV (prevention, care and treatment), malaria, tuberculosis, nutrition, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and other areas critical to all children and families reaching their full health and development potential. The Director will oversee the provision of technical support to CRS field programs, advancing approaches for high quality programming, lead the agency on strategic growth within these areas, advance CRS technical leadership in core health sectors, and represent CRS externally with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors, research institutions, local partners, private sector institutions and other stakeholders. The Director will be a key part of the PIQA team, providing support and expertise in health across the agency.

Specific Job Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

Provide technical leadership within the community of health and nutrition staff throughout the agency, including strong program direction reflecting robust standards and industry best practices – taking into account the current COVID-19 pandemic, adapting approaches as well as exploring new programming.

Lead development and implementation of a cohesive health strategy, ensuring alignment with the CRS Vision 2030 strategy, particularly Goal Area 4 – All Children Reach Their Full Health and Development Potential in Safe and Nurturing Families – and building on priorities developed in advocacy, nutrition, malaria, etc.

Provide guidance and support to Strategic Change Platform 4 ‘Accelerating the End of Malaria’.

Advance a strong vision of quality assurance and systems strengthening for continuous quality improvement and program impact – ensuring cohesive teamwork within the health team as well as solid collaboration with other sector teams for effective multisectoral programming.

Promote ICT4D for data collection, data use, and sharing of evidence-based results internally and externally.

Promote local leadership as well as staff and partner capacity strengthening, building on strong relationships with faith-based, civil society, governmental and private sector institutions.

Engage with US Catholic health networks and with Caritas Internationalis to support faith-based partners and networks overseas.

Technical Assistance

Oversee high quality technical assistance (TA) and support by PIQA Health Unit staff to regions and country programs.

Provide direct TA for program implementation and evaluation of health programs, including both country-level and global projects.

Collaborate with the Agricultural Livelihoods (AG/L) and Integrated Program Quality (IPQ) teams on integrated programming.

Coordinate with the Humanitarian Response Department on integrated approaches to resilience that strengthen health and nutrition programming within the continuum of emergency -to- recovery -to- development.

Sectoral Growth and New Business Development

Lead agency strategic growth in the health sector, including developing plans for deepening and widening CRS’ institutional relationships.

Promote, cultivate and support technical and advisory relationships by health staff with donors, including USAID (Bureau of Global Health, Bureau of Resilience and Food Security and Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), PEPFAR, CDC, UNICEF, The Global Fund, Unitaid, WHO, UNAIDS, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others.

Work closely with PIQA Global Grants colleagues as well as the Institutional Donor Engagement Advancement (IDEA) Department, regions and country programs to position for and pursue new opportunities.

Collaborate with the Charitable Giving Division to mobilize private resources to support health programming, including developing promotional materials and interacting with donors.

Lead program design and provide technical leadership on major/global initiatives and proposals.

Promote/facilitate strategic technical workshops with CRS staff, local partners, government representatives and other stakeholders.

Engage in a range of business development initiatives with health components, review proposals and guide teams on state-of-the-art approaches in public health.

Learning and Innovation

Champion innovations in health and pursue scale up of effective approaches.

Ensure dissemination of best practices, lessons learned and tools across the agency.

Support the health team in engaging with research partners to support knowledge generation and innovation through CRS health programming.

Identify best practices and innovations in CRS programming, and lead and support in writing and disseminating publications.

Strengthen information/idea exchange among country program, regional and HQ staff via a strong vision of learning, communication and program quality.

Representation and Advocacy

Represent CRS to donors, policy makers, and peer organizations, strengthening agency thought leadership regarding key directions in the health sector overall as well as in programming and funding.


business development


catholic church

continuous improvement

data collection

development potential

disease prevention

food security

global health

hiv prevention

humanitarian assistance

humanitarian response




monitoring and evaluation

neglected tropical diseases

oral communication




program implementation

resource mobilization

social services

supply chain

talent acquisition

tropical diseases

Lead CRS participation at key events, including conferences, international forums, roundtables, and expert consultations – sharing agency learning and results.

Manage internal relationships and communications regarding agency health programming via presentations and meetings with other CRS divisions and departments.

Represent CRS among secular and faith-based leaders.

Maintain a clear understanding of Catholic Church teachings regarding health care and ensure adherence to its principles in CRS health programming.

Lead health advocacy engagement, including contributing to legislative advocacy and development of Congressional testimony.

Collaborate with CRS’ Mission and Mobilization unit to support advocacy with the U.S. Government and to support campaigns with U.S. supporters on food security issues.

Management of Health Unit

Supervise, mentor and support 8-9 senior-level Health Unit staff – ensuring strong professional development and overseeing individual work plans and budgets.

Establish clear priorities within the Health Unit based on strategies, global needs and shared learning agenda.

Demonstrate a strong commitment to racial and gender equity as well as promotion of local leadership through programming approaches, management decisions and communications.



Seasoned health professional, with PhD or MD – or Masters’ degree and equivalent experience – in public health, medicine, psychology, nutrition or related field.

At least 15 years of international working experience in a technical or management public health role, with a minimum of five years overseas managing, or providing technical assistance to, health programs.

Demonstrated ability to lead high performing teams through clear vision, direction and communications.

Expertise in strengthening systems for health among civil society, public and private health institutions; experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Digital Health and/or Health Advocacy a plus.

Working knowledge of integrated programming, e.g., with agriculture, WASH, education, gender, humanitarian response.

Proven ability to design high quality projects and successful grant proposals for external donor funding; publications of findings from field programming and research a plus.

Ability to present effectively at conferences and events.

Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and negotiating skills.

Deep understanding of key donors in health such as PEPFAR, CDC, USAID, The Global Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and others; understanding of key trends such as localization and transition to local primes; experience in innovative finance, non-traditional funding schemes and domestic resource mobilization a plus.

Proven ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, to influence change without direct authority, to work successfully in the field at all levels.

Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills in English

Ability to represent CRS’ agency principles, including respect for Catholic Social Teaching (CST).

Language: Fluency in English, and functional ability in French preferred.

Travel: Ability to travel up to 25%, conditions permitting.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal to CRS: Health, Social Service and Education staff and other Technical Advisors in the PIQA Department; Deputy Regional Directors for Program Quality (DRDsPQ), regional technical advisors and country program health managers; Institutional Donor Engagement and Advancement (IDEA) Department; Humanitarian Response Department (HRD); Missions and Mobilization team; Procurement and Supply Chain Team; Charitable Giving Division.

External to CRS: Peer organizations and health networks, US government agencies and other donors as mentioned above, international health-related organizations (WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, etc.), research institutions.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.


Continuous Improvement & Innovation

Builds Relationships

Develops Talent

Strategic Mindset

Accountability & Stewardship

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Primary Location : HQ-US-Maryland

Job : Technical Programming

Organization : Catholic Relief Services

Schedule : Regular

Shift : Standard

Employee Status : Director

Job Types : Full-time

Job Level : Day Job

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting : Oct 7, 2020, 3:24:43 PM


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