"Positioning You for Success"

Senior Technical Advisor, SRHR- MNH
Client: Pathfinder International
Location: Watertown, MA


Summary: Guides technical strategy, program designs, and technical quality of Pathfinder’s programs and projects. Leads or participates in key internal and external technical working groups or communities of practice. Directly contributes to business development by supporting proposal development, donor positioning, and/or advocacy related to resource mobilization. Works with a multi-disciplinary team and may serve as the Pathfinder spokesperson on behalf of a project or thematic area. As appropriate, supports project or program management functions. 

Key Job Outcomes:

  1. Technical Excellence: Provides high-level direction on one or more technical areas of expertise including relevant programmatic, policy, or clinical guidance. Serves as subject matter expert on specific technical area/s. Stays current on emerging, best, and proven practices, and latest evidence base on technical area. Provides leadership on related technical strategy and matrix teams. Leads internal communities of practice. Demonstrates global thought leadership through participation in external technical working groups, creating publications, and presenting at conferences.
  2. Technical Assistance: Provides technical assistance to country offices, host-country governments, local partners, and other agencies to assess needs and design of Pathfinder projects and services that are responsive to the needs of intended populations. Helps build technical capacity of other staff, including program management staff, as appropriate.
  3. Business/Proposal Development: Directly contributes to Pathfinder’s proposals, including responses to competitive bids and focuses on US Government RFAs and RFPs. Leads in the design and planning of innovative, effective, country appropriate projects. Writes, reviews, and/or and edits technical proposals. When appropriate, supports development of management and staffing plans, or ensures that cost proposals are in line with technical proposals and adhere to donor regulations and RFA guidelines.
  4. Resource Planning: Collaborates with assigned project teams in the development and implementation of technical services to identify and validate a broad range of resources to meet multiple needs of intended populations. Prepares lists of required materials, tools and equipment.
  5. Quality Assurance: Works with the proposal teams to ensure that best practices for services and service integration are well documented, evaluated and poised for scale up. Coaches and builds proposal teams on ways to optimize staff performance programming, target setting and project workplan and scale-up.
  6. Brand Ambassador: Represents Pathfinder International to external organizations and audiences at professional meetings and conferences as assigned.
  7. Project Management and Participation: Participates in cross-functional project teams. Supports program management functions as needed

Minimal Requirements

Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  1. Country Specific Public Health System: Advanced knowledge of the countries’ public health systems.
  2. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: 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 and SSCB. Advanced skills in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating development and intervention activities, preferably with USAID, WHO, or other donor organizations working in the health sector.
  3. Program Operations and Development: Intermediate skills in developing project management/implementation plans.
  4. Proposal Development: Advanced skills in proposal development from concept to full proposal, resource mobilization, and proven ability to raise substantial research/development funds.
  5. Leadership: Advanced skills as a leader in health and health service delivery strengthening in developing countries and proven ability in developing strategic plans.
  6. Operations and Financial Management: Basic knowledge of operations and financial management in developing countries.
  7. Change LeadershipAbility to lead change. Ability to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in managing change across a broad group of stakeholders in an inclusive manner.
  8. Presentation Skills: Ability to make presentations on results and products to small and large groups.
  9. Program and Project Planning and Management: Basic skills in program and project management and planning to fulfill performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities.


Minimally Required Organizational Competencies;

  • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills using English language. French-speaking strongly preferred.
  • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work related matters.

Required Education, Training and Experience:


  • Master’s degree (preferred, or equivalent years work experience) in public health, business, marketing, social science or related discipline.
  • 8 years’ experience in working in international development, preferably in implementing programs in developing countries
  • 8 years’ international non-profit experience


  • Prefer: Clinical education and experience (e.g. CNM)
  • Prefer: Experience with USAID-funded projects
  • Prefer: Experience in project design
  • Prefer: Experience living or working in developing countries that aids in understanding of program context, field realities, and technical needs

Other Information:

  • Travel required (at least 30%)
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

Pathfinder Overview
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.


To Apply: Pathfinder International has contracted Global Recruitment Specialists to assist with this recruitment effort. Please email a cover letter and updated resume/CV to:

Patrick Shields, Search Manager

Global Recruitment Specialists "Positioning You for Success"

501 Westport Avenue, Suite 285, Norwalk, CT 06851 USA

Telephone: +1- 203-899-0499




Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.