Associate Director (Health Projects)  

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The incumbent will lead the program management and delivery of the entire project and support interventions to strengthen delivery of quality FP and SRH products and services in the defined geography. Accountable to design programs, monitor and assess programs, track progress against set key deliverables and identify key risks and opportunities. Will work towards achieving sustainable, transformational change at scale by working in a way that strengthens health systems and various stakeholder capabilities to improve FP \ SRH outcomes within the country. 


Job Responsibilities

Set a distinctive strategic vision and provide thought leadership for FP/RH portfolio for WOHLA Teams

  • As a thought leader ensure that WOHLA programs integrate innovative methods and promote state-of-the-art technical approaches that reflect latest evidence, best practices, emerging priorities and trends in the field of FP/RH.
  • Strengthen WOHLA leadership for expanding the basket of contraceptive choices, quality assurance, gender, strengthening health systems, social and behaviour change communication, total market approach that address issues related to RH and FP in the public and private sector.
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of public health outreach and education programs and events, including high-level visits for GOI and USG staff.

Design and strengthen the Program design and management support for FP/RH programs supported by WOHLA

  • Design, implement and evaluate sound and cost-effective interventions aimed at increasing use of quality family planning services, expanding contraceptive choices, and addressing gender norms through WOHLA’s various projects.
  • Lead the development, adaptation, testing and mainstreaming of best/good practices in needs assessment, project design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation, and research.
  • Strengthen network and partnership development on FP/RH interventions, working with a variety of stakeholders to explore synergies and leverage resources, and forging collaborations with donors and private sector.
  • Work with the program implementation team to make sure every project being implemented (and developed) has a Log Frame or Results Framework.
  • Collaborations with other alliances, social impact investors, and development partners I overlapping thematic areas. 
  • Establish and lead a detailed process for tracking the program and the delivery against the set objectives, build key performance indicators and milestones, coordinate with various stakeholders and strategize the implementation plan and define the role of various stakeholders.
  • On a regular basis assess the effectiveness and theory of change, strategy, approach related to FP \ SRH and suggest improvements and strategic direction
  • Provide recommendations on the design of new research and innovations in the context of FP/RH.
  • Will operationalize the WoHLA to serve as platform and marketplace for women’s health with an explicit purpose to mobilize resources for access to finance opportunities for livelihood and implementation of women’s health programs


Education Qualification/Required Skills & Experience

  • A Master of Public Health degree or Master of Medicine in Obstetrics & Gynaecology is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of public health issues in one or more of the following: family planning, reproductive health, adolescent health, maternal and child health, gender.
  • Must have in-depth professional-level knowledge of development principles, concepts, and practices, especially as they relate to managing FP/RH programming in India.
  • Familiarity and understanding of USAID policies and procedures (highly preferred), or those of other donors, donor funded projects, community- based projects, or corporate social responsibility projects.
  • Understanding of private sector market-based models, total market approach, social marketing.
  • Ability to function with a high degree of independence and latitude with respect to policies, programs and issues related to his/her area of expertise.
  • Familiarity with USG FP/RH compliance and regulations, and gender policy.
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and preferably in Hindi.

Additional skills (preferred)

  • Familiarity with global initiatives such as FP2020/2030.
  • Established relationships with FP/RH thought leaders to facilitate access to emerging approaches and to identify appropriate leverage opportunities across program portfolios.
  • Work Location : Mumbai \ Delhi

    Why Samhita?

    Make a big difference: Take, Own and implement.

    Leadership : This is the perfect opportunity to go beyond traditional roles and lead cutting edge Management and Research strategies. The candidate shall work alongside the brightest minds, in an environment that fosters growth and creativity

    Impact : Working with Samhita will provide you with an opportunity to bring about a positive change in the lives of millions

    Work Culture : Samhita has a team of young, hard-working, and dynamic individuals who strive for excellence while maintaining a humble outlook. Our work has been strengthened and supported by international and domestic donor agencies and foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Tata Trusts, GIZ, DFID, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, UNDP and the Power of Nutrition.

    Learning : Increase your problem-solving capabilities by delving into complex challenges.

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