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Technical Advisor, Governance & Decentralization - Liberia Local Health Systems Solutions Activity

FHI 360

FHI 360

Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Technical Advisor – Governance and Decentralization

FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Technical Advisor – Governance and Decentralization for an anticipated five year USAID-funded Local Health Systems Solutions (LHESS) Activity in Liberia.

The LHESS activity will seek to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Strengthened decentralization structures at national and subnational level to drive health system performance.

  • Strengthened systems for delivery of quality health services

  • Increased financial protection through reduced out-of-pocket spending on health care.

Job Summary:

The Technical Advisor – Governance and Decentralization will serve as the primary subject matter authority on decentralization and governance, providing thought leadership, management oversight, and technical direction and supervision. The Technical Advisor will, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other collaborators, design, plan, and oversee project activities, under the direction of the project leadership. The role will support the Ministry of Health, Country and District Health Teams, and health facilities to advance the Ministry of Health’s decentralization agenda, in particular through the strengthening of County Health Boards, District Health Boards, Hospital Boards, and Health Facility Development Committees.


  • With technical oversight and working closely with partners, provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation; and capacity- building of specific technical components of the project

  • Build a close working relationship with the Ministry of Health and other counterparts.

  • Coordinate with other donors and partners to align plans and activities.

  • Creates technical portion of the project plan, within the given resource and financial constraints

  • Develops tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components

  • Leads the day to day technical and operational activities related to governance and decentralization. Ensures technical implementation is consistent with standard processes in the industry and meet client obligations

  • Supervise junior technical staff members, sub-contractors, and others implementing technical project work

  • Track delivery of project outputs. Identify issues and risks related to program implementation promptly and suggest appropriate program adjustments.

  • Work with the MEL Lead to develop monitoring and learning activities to facilitate continual improvement of the work plan and track progress against project results.

  • Review, assess, and evaluate interventions' effectiveness and make enhancements recommendations.

  • Document lessons learned and develop knowledge management outputs. Serves as the primary author for technical deliverables (e.g., reports, presentations, manuscripts).

  • Assist in preparing quarterly and annual performance reports for the USAID LHESS project.

  • Implement capacity-building plans for key budget formulation and execution collaborators of the USAID funds.

  • Work with, and build the capacity of, local implementing partners

  • Lead in developing project reports, technical materials, or other documentation, as needed.

  • Represent the project and FHI 360 to the country and other partners, including technical working groups.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Must understand the health system and decentralization landscape in Liberia, and the capacity strengthening needs of different levels

  • Ability to conduct and deliver thorough analysis, report writing, and dissemination of information to a broad range of audiences.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and maintaining unbiased and professional working relationships with government officials, civil society partners, donors, and donor-funded implementers

  • Has the ability to lead project activities, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.

  • Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).

  • Ability to lead their own work to job and performance standards.

  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English.

  • Willingness to travel within the country for technical assistance provision and quality assurance.

Education: **

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences, International Development, Human Development or Related Field

  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.

Experience: **

  • Typically requires 8+ years of relevant experience in technical implementation of large projects and/or programs – may lead activities of lower-level staff, however, main function is individual contributor.

  • Documented experience providing technical assistance and capacity building and business development in the specific technical domain.

  • Experience with working on a donor-funded project preferred, especially USAID

  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.

  • International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management preferred.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at a computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to lift 5 - 25 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

Personal Computer, Microsoft Office 365 (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype/TEAMS, e- mail), office telephone, cell phone and printer/copier.

Travel Requirements:


**Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience sufficient to successfully perform the key responsibilities of the job. This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

Disclaimer: Note the Compensation Band that appears on the job description is associated with those jobs assigned to the US Salary Structure and employees that are paid from US payroll.

The Compensation Band for all national local employees aligns to the Compensation Structure based on the Country location of the job.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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