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15 Dec 2020

Deputy Team Leader

Job Description

Background

The Health Pooled Fund began its third phase (HPF3) in July 2018 and is supported to run until 2023 by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A consortium led by Crown Agents and including Montrose is responsible for managing and implementing HPF.

HPF3 merges two previous health programmes – Health Pooled Fund 2 (HPF2), which provides healthcare at health facility level, and the Integrated Community Case Management 2 (ICCM2) programme, which provides healthcare to children under-five within more remote communities. HPF3 supports delivery of community level, essential primary health care, secondary health care and referral health services, stabilisation of local health systems, and procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities.

HPF supports services in eight state hubs of South Sudan formerly known as: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Lakes.

The programme’s impact will be improved health and nutrition for the population, saving lives and reducing morbidity (including maternal, infant and under-five mortality), and has the following three principal outcomes:

  •  Improved health and nutrition services for the population, especially women and children
  • Improved community engagement and accountability of health services
  •  Stabilisation of local health systems

To attain these outcomes, the HPF3 team is responsible for:

  •  Effective programme management, including robust risk management
  • Ensuring continuity of and support to service delivery, with a focus on improving quality
  • Specialist technical assistance covering health service delivery, community engagement, nutrition, health planning, information and Human Resources for Health
  • Procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities
  • Management of the implementing partner (IP) fund
  • Management of fiduciary risk associated with use of donor funds

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

The Deputy Team Leader will be responsible for overseeing the technical delivery of the HPF3 programme ensuring that the programme meets client requirements of delivery of the Basic Package of Health and Nutrition Services (BPHNS) and additional cross-cutting indicators. As well as leading on technical aspects of the HPF, ensuring the delivery and quality of HPF technical outputs.

Technical oversight

  •  Ensure that the technical delivery of the BPHNS meets required standards as per national guidelines.
  • Act as main liaison between HPF3 and the Ministry of Health (MoH). Ensure that the technical team is actively participating in all the relevant MoH Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and other forums.
  • Ensure that individual technical workstreams are aligned with implementing partner costed workplans and broader programmatic objectives.
  • Proactively seek short-term inputs for activities needed to support the in-country team.
  • Manage consultants and quality assure their work products.
  • Ensure that MEL functions provide actionable data for programme decision-making.
  • Support the quality improvement process, make sure that quarterly improvement meetings take place and follow-ups are conducted by the technical team.
  • Oversee all technical issues brought up by implementing partners under the programme.
  • Oversee the technical team’s supportive supervision field visits ensuring they align with IP costed workplans and feedback from quality improvement meeting
  • Update/review the project’s workplan and logframe as needed.
  • Monitor progress against the logframe indicators, in close coordination with the technical leads of each workstream.

Client reporting & interface

  •  Conduct quality assurance of key reports as specified in the Project’s terms of reference.
  • Represent HPF3 at scheduled client meetings, donor meetings, steering committee meetings and other ad hoc meetings as required.

Personnel management & team coordination

  •  Line manage the Health Service Stabilisation Manager, MEL Manager, Communications Manager and Community Engagement Manager.
  •  Support clear coordination between technical and MEL teams with finance and contracts team.
  •  Liaise closely with counterparts and participate actively in Senior Leadership Team meetings.
  • Actively support performance management of the whole technical team.
  • Escalate risks and flag delays in outputs.
  • Deputise for the Team Leader when needed.

Deliverables

The Deputy Team Leader’s deliverables will be in line with the approved workplan, together with any agreed modifications as part of the ongoing operations of the project. The Deputy Team Leader will ensure that all technical deliverables are provided in the manner required and that project resources are effectively mobilised to ensure the highest standard of completion.

Relationship with the team

The Deputy Team Leader will be directly managed by the Team Leader. The Team Leader is responsible for overall project implementation, management of team members and client and counterpart relations. When the Team Leader is absent, the Deputy Team Leader will be in charge of all project-related matters. Weekly SMT meetings will cover main activities of the week and a summary of expected activities in the coming week, along with any outstanding issues of concern. As the most senior Montrose staff member within the programme, the Deputy Team Leader will act as a core liaison with Montrose. They will ensure strong links between head office and the programme, including but not limited to: acting as the Montrose representative when required; ensuring all technical and managerial support required by the Montrose team within the programme are highlighted to Montrose; and supporting the implementation of Montrose policies and procedures with the programme. The Deputy Team Leader will be provided with ongoing technical and managerial support from Montrose head office.

Essential:

  • MPH or equivalent Master’s degree
  • Experience delivering large scale/complex health programmes
  • Experience working with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) or the former Department for International Development (DFID) or related programmes
  • 5-10 years’ relevant experience
  • Experience managing large teams, ensuring effective performance management and mentoring
  • Exceptional drive, and a willingness to work hard to deliver high quality outcomes
  • Strong time management, organisational and communication skills, and exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with the ability to write accurate and relevant reports
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, with experience of seeking creative ways to overcome complex problems
  • Microsoft Office proficiency (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint)

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in South Sudan or in fragile, conflict-affected states

If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application Here before 15 January 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is identified. Please note that this position is desk-based in Juba, South Sudan.

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About the Organization

Montrose is an international development project management and consultancy company providing support to clients operating in the developing world. Specialised in the sectors of health, education, rural livelihoods and private sector development, our clients include bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other development stakeholders.

Montrose Vision:

Improving lives through evidence and impact.

Montrose Mission:

Montrose improves lives through evidence-based programmes that deliver impact across Africa and Asia. We are committed to delivering high quality and innovative development and social investment programmes that are underpinned by deep contextual knowledge and technical expertise.

Montrose Values:

Montrose has four company values which guide our work and company culture: quality, responsiveness, people and innovation.

  • Quality – We strive to ensure not only the quality of what we deliver, but the certainty that we will consistently deliver high quality with respect to both our products and the way in which we operate.
  • Responsiveness – Our responsiveness and flexibility reflect the value of working with a small and agile company. This goes beyond the minimum standard of a rapid response, but also considers how we respond to needs, contexts and challenges through the design of bespoke solutions delivered for, and with, our beneficiaries, partners and clients.
  • People – From finding and effectively deploying the best consultants and staff, to developing and growing with our teams, we reflect and value how the organisation can learn and improve by engaging and listening to our people whether they are beneficiaries, our personnel or our clients.
  • Being innovative and forward-thinking in our approach to designing and implementing programmed helps us to understand potential initiatives which will ensure additional impact or improved delivery.

Montrose is a UK company with an Africa Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda and an Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Yangon, Myanmar. Montrose implements projects in over 20 countries globally

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