Technical Advisor I

  • FHI 360
  • Washington, DC
  • 12/02/2024
Full time Information Technology


Job Summary:

Provides technical guidance on the integration and application of behavioral science insights and methodologies to program implementation, policies, communications, research, and capacity strengthening initiatives across multiple health and development focal areas in a multi-country and/or regional project. The Technical Advisor I provides final authorization and approval of the technical portions of project designs in this area, based on the design and direction set by technical leadership. May manage other professional staff members. Leads project activities and sub activities and assists with project implementation. Ensures project activities are on track with work plans, with technical expertise informing project implementation. Oversees project timelines and budgets. Assists in the development of donor reports and presentations within respective area(s) of focus.  Successfully leads project expansion initiatives, including project design, budgeting, and recruitment efforts (success is measured in terms of establishment of partnerships, recruitment of teams and overall quality of resulting initiatives).


Technical Requirements:

  • Provide technical leadership on behavioral science components across projects.

  • Works on problems of moderate to complex scope that require evaluation of variable factors.

  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods, techniques, evaluation criteria, and use of evidence, with some supervision.

  • Networks and works collaboratively with key internal personnel, partners, and other stakeholders.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Project and Research Design and Implementation:

  • With technical oversight, provide technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation, evaluation; and capacity building of program interventions and research incorporating behavioral insights across projects/focal areas.

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

  • Leads the technical and operational activities of assigned projects across countries and partners.

  • Tracks and documents delivery of project outputs.

  • Coordinates requests from CO (Country Office) for technical assistance.

  • Leads the design, development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of global level innovative technical strategies incorporating behavioral science.

  • Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners.

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

  • Ensures technical implementation is consistent with best practices in their area(s) of expertise that meet funder contractual obligations.

  • May supervise junior technical staff members, sub-contractors, and others implementing technical project work.

  • Functions at the advisor capacity with oversight of technical project administrative and finance compliance, technical deliverables, and team management.

  • Develops tools/training content for the design and implementation of specific technical components, research, and evaluation activities.

Business Development and Client/Funder Support:

  • Draft relevant sections of proposals, budgets, and work plans to support project expansion.

  • Participates in partner/funder meetings and provide technical input in respective area(s) of expertise.

  • Represents the organization and project to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.

  • Maintains collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs (non governmental organizations) and consistently maintained and viewed as a knowledgeable resource in their technical area.

  • Continually maintains a dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff members of implementing partners.

  • Participate in funder meetings and draft reports/presentations, as needed.

Capacity Strengthening, Training and Supervision:

  • Develops and implements technical training and capacity strengthening interventions.

  • Identifies strategies to address training gaps.

  • May supervise or provide technical guidance to staff members locally and in the region.

Operations Management (Finance, HR, etc.):

  • Manages the processes, services, planning, organizing, coordinating, and controlling of all technical resources for a project.

Project/Program Reporting:

  • Prepares and delivers presentations to sponsors on progress.

  • Helps in the development and review of work plans.

  • Creates technical content, owning the content, true experts at an advanced level (maybe the most senior technical person).

  • Serves as the primary and/or secondary author for technical deliverables (e.g., reports, presentations, manuscripts) and publications.

  • Gathers and aggregates data in relevant area(s) of expertise to provide a summary / high level overview.

Quality Assurance:

  • Ensures technical deliverables are consistent with best practices in the area/subject of expertise and meet funder contractual obligations.

  • Identifies areas for improved efficiency or effectiveness within prescribed parameters, and institutes enhancements to procedures.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ensures appropriate and timely technical support in behavioral science for multifaced projects and activities.

  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

  • Conducts routine coordination with employees, partners, and consultants, on-site and in the field.

  • Strong knowledge and skills in behavioral science concepts (e.g., social norms) and general understanding of concepts and principles related to applying such concepts to multiple focal areas.

  • Has the ability to manage a multi-country portfolio, 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 manage their own work to job and performance standards.

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

  • Ability to communicate in French preferred.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Demonstrates the ability to assess needs within agreed upon duties and considers course of action best to meet those needs.

  • Effectively applies knowledge of technical area to solve a range of problems across focal areas.

  • Demonstrates the ability to develop solutions to problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches, especially using evidence-based approaches.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • May supervise junior staff members.

  • Coordinates own workflow and sets individual priorities.

  • Works under general guidelines for completion and accuracy as determined by the supervisor.

  • Accomplishes results through lower-level staff managers or through experienced staff who exercise independence in their assignments.

  • Manages a centralized functional area of activity.

  • Serves as mentor to more inexperienced technical staff.

  • Typically reports to a Director.

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 and research.

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

  • 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 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:

  • 10% - 25%

The expected hiring salary range for this role is listed below. FHI 360 pay ranges represent national averages that vary by geographic location. When determining an offer amount, FHI 360 factors in multiple considerations, including but not limited to: relevant years of experience and education possessed by the applicant, internal equity, business sector, and budget. 

Base salary is only one component of our offer. FHI 360 contributes 12% of monthly base pay to a money purchase pension plan account. Additionally, all US based staff working full-time, which is calculated at 40 hours/week, receive 18 days of paid vacation per year, 12 sick days per year, and 11 holidays per year. Paid time off is reduced pro rata for employees working less than a full-time schedule.

US Based Hiring Salary Range: $85,000 - $135,000
International hiring ranges will differ based on location.

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