Deputy Director, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Washington, DC
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Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department Overview

Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The (Integrated) Program Advancement team contributes to this by:
Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs
Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors
Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Senior Director Global Health – The Deputy Director, Orphans and Vulnerable Children(OVC) Including Adolescent Girls and Young Women(AGYW) Programming will lead and define an integrated approach for Pact\’s OVC programs and reposition Pact as a leader in the field. Our goal is to rebuild and reclaim the leadership role in the OVC space given the current trends from our traditional donors. The successful hire in this role of Deputy Director OVC and AGYW programing will push the thought leadership agenda and support projects. Specifically, he/she will play an active and significant role in redefining new business opportunities for OVC and AGYW programming and networks with donors in this sector and facilitate repositioning Pact in this space: child and adolescent health, integrate household economic strengthening, child protection, child labor, governance, global health, and social service system strengthening.

Deputy Director OVC and AGYW programing supports a global “community of practice” made up of professionals from within and outside Pact to help advance the state of OVC and AGYW programing at Pact.  The Incumbent is responsible for providing support and leadership for Pact’s global OVC and AGYW programing portfolio within an integrated development approach. S/he provides key input into existing and proposed Pact projects in OVC and AGYW programing related work.

Key Responsibilities

Deliver-Delivering on our promise to global quality and impact via integrated programs (50 %)
Provide technical assistance to field offices so that they better understand and are better able to meet industry standards and expectations of donors and keep Pact’s promise.
Facilitate the integration of OVC and AGYW programing work with other result areas including but not limited to increased access to health and social services for OVC and their families, NRM etc.
Help Pact apply its core strengths in capacity development, network strengthening, governance; livelihood and economic opportunities, mines to market and relevant Pact’s signature initiatives to enhance health outcomes at the community unity level
Monitor and maintain relevant manuals, training materials and reports for OVC and AGYW programing.
Contribute to work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and other reports and papers summarizing project results and evidence.
Support Country offices and during project start-up phase by helping to develop work plans, and solicitations; share tools and materials from other similar projects within and outside of Pact; orient and train new program staff; and assist field teams to implement initial project activities
Growing & diversifying our global portfolio integrating the private, public and social sectors (35%)
Play a key role in defining new business development in the OVC and AGYW part of the Health sector
Participate in the design of evidence-based OVC and AGYW projects and ensure that all proposals submitted by Pact on OVCs are technically sound and capitalize upon learning from other parts of Pact world
Help Pact define its core approach OVC and AGYW programming, defining synergies and focuses on value additions
Contribute to the design and assessment of projects that may have a health, or livelihoods and economic opportunities or Governance focus but include an OVC and AGYW component
Network with active and potential donors and gather intelligence on up-coming funding opportunities
Ensure proposals submitted by Pact involving OVC and AGYW programming work is technically sound and capitalize upon learning from other parts of Pact and the wider world
Lead in OVC and AGYW programming innovations and specifically in partnership with other organizations.
Promote and Influence -Promoting our work globally to influence the private, public and social sectors (15%)
Lead and define an integrated approach for Pact\’s OVC and AGYW programs and position Pact as a leader in the field
Along with Senior Director, Health Programs, provide intellectual leadership to Pact within the health sector by staying abreast of trends and research finding within the field and disseminating them to country offices and relevant communities of practice
Play a representational role for Pact in relevant forums and work with our field offices to develop and present papers that help Pact to maintain an image as a leader within the health sector and specifically for OVC and AGYW component
Coordinate efforts to identify and document Pact\’s best practices in OVC and AGYW programming and disseminate to all field offices
Ensure the maintenance of a section of Pact\’s intranet dedicated to OVCs and AGYW, which serves as a platform for sharing Pact and external best practice documents, toolkits, curricula, and relevant research
Collaborate with part-time, virtual team members who are based outside Washington, DC or in one of Pact\’s field offices, to provide technical assistance so that field offices better understand and can meet Pact and industry standards in the sector
Work closely with Senior Director- Global Health and other IPA team members to ensure integration across sectors and core competencies
Basic Requirements
Ability to establish and sustain inter-personal and professional relationships with Pact staff at all levels, in donor organizations and in peer organizations
Experience in effective design of OVC and AGYW programs, with a focus on programs that build the capacity of local level government and civil society organizations
Demonstrated experience building public-private partnerships to support OVC and AGYW projects
Demonstrated experience integrating OVC and AGYW activities into wider health systems strengthening such as multi­sector referral networks
Regional advisor experience for at least seven years overseeing multiple OVC and AGYW projects multiple countries.
Experience in all sub-categories and with international recognition for thought leadership of the following categories:
Maternal-child Health
Child-health Survival
Child Protection
Preferably additional expertise or experience in pediatric HIV, child labor, nutrition/household food security
Skills in OVC and AGYW metrics design and implementation
Demonstrated experience designit1g, winnit1g and it11plementing metrics-based OVC programs for at least two different INGOs
Demonstrated leadership role in OVC and AGYW forums or task forces
Deep knowledge and understanding of USAID, PEPFAR and other major donor\’s policies, procedures or regulations for OVC and AGYW program implementation
Extensive contacts with USAID, PEPFAR and all INGO OVC implementing organizations
Demonstrated English-language writing and analytical skills
Ability to communicate professionally (written and verbally) in at least one foreign language, preferably two.
Demonstrated facilitation skills
Demonstrated program development skills
Ability to travel frequently
Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, statistical analysis and database skills
Strong oral and written communication skills

Education and Experience Requirements:

Master’s or PhD in public health or other relevant area
At least 10 years or more managing in-country OVC- and AGYW projects
At least 10 years or more as a regional advisor for multi-county and AGYW projects
Demonstrated thought leadership in the field
Documented success in raising project funding in the health or OVC and AGYW sector
Preferred Qualifications
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
Identifies urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly.
Demonstrates, applies and shares expert technical knowledge across the organization.
Fluency in a language other than English
Publication of relevant journal articles, book chapters or technical reports

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or ot

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