Health Director

Health Director

RI - Relief International

Syria or Jordan

Position Summary:

Relief International (RI) is currently seeking a Director, Health for a subcontract under USAID’s upcoming health resilience and stabilization activity in Syria. The Director, Health will provide overall direction to health sector resilience and health system strengthening interventions. The position will have overall responsibility for strengthening institutional capacity of local health departments to oversee health service coordination, quality, budgeting, information systems, and workforce development. The duration of the project will be 5 years, and the employee is expected to be working between Amman (Jordan) and northeast Syria (the details on time spent between locations is subject to further design and discussion). The position is contingent on Relief International being awarded the subcontract under this activity.

Position Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Under the supervision of the Chief of party, provide technical and programmatic leadership to all health aspects of the project, ensuring the application of internationally recognized best practices to achieve project results.
  • Supervise a team of health systems strengthening specialists to provide tailored support to local health actors at the field level, including recruitment, mentoring/coaching, and performance management.
  • Provide strategic guidance for the review of project approaches, ensuring a focus on vulnerable populations, conflict sensitivity and adaptability to changing conditions in the operating environment.
  • Co-lead overall work planning in coordination with project leadership, identifying aspects of health systems strengthening work requiring special attention or turnaround, and ensuring the effective allocation of resources to specific tasks.
  • Provide strategic oversight and quality assurance in the design and execution of interventions aimed at improving service delivery and health information systems, and strengthening the health workforce and training systems.
  • Contribute to overall project knowledge management and M&E functions by working closely with the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, and ensuring the effective use of project data in decision-making.
  • Lead the design and supervise technical assistance to the execution of small grants to downstream partners and health actors to strengthen local health systems.
  • Manage the identification and use of external consultant and technical experts to support specialized components of project delivery.
  • Help identify, share, and build on best practices and lessons learned in programming, policy, and management.
  • Collaborate and ensure synergies with other health interventions and partners in Syria, including the strengthening of strategic relations with relevant donors, local authorities and international organizations present.


Field Competencies:

  • Contributions to program achievements.
  • Flexibility and Resilience.
  • Accountability.

Organizational Competencies:

  • Accountability.
  • Cultural sensitivity.

Leadership Competencies

  • Leadership & People Management.
  • Strategic thinking & Visioning.
  • Building collaborative relationships.
  • Results orientation.

Essential qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • A Master’s degree in Public Health or a related field.
  • At least 12 years of experience with progressive responsibilities in public health program/project management.
  • Experience working (and achieving health results) in complex and conflict affected areas.
  • Skills in strengthening service delivery programs, training, performance and quality improvement, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with donors, implementing partners, and host country governments on health sector resilience and health systems strengthening issues.
  • Experience providing health systems strengthening and integrated technical assistance to government agencies, NGOs or other organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with donors, senior health officials, implementing partners, institutions at the national and regional level, local nongovernmental organizations, and community-based organizations and structures.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English and Arabic required.
  • Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems; experience with USAID acquisition/contracts preferred.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff.
  • Ability to live under stressful conditions, including conflict affected environments.

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