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United States of America: Deputy Director, Health and Social Development Technical Unit


September 18, 2014
Organization: World Relief
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 31 Oct 2014

Title:Deputy Director Health and Social Development Technical Unit

Reports to:Director Health and Social Development Technical Unit

Location:Baltimore, Maryland

Status:Full Time/Ongoing


To assist the director of the team as a deputy to provide both leadership and envision and lead World Relief and partners throughout the world toward excellence in vision-casting, strategy setting, and programmatic implementation of the health and social development programs and health-related components of disaster response. Priorities in strategic development of this sector of World Relief's ministry include an increasing emphasis upon constituency collaboration with grassroots communities, local and international church partnerships, and integrated, practical approaches to biblical holism.


1.To assist the team director in providing technical leadership as the deputy director of the technical team in World Relief's collaboration with communities, churches, and government interventions that seek to improve the health and fullness of life of families and churches through community based programming that involves local churches in maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, child development, and prevention of trafficking of persons. The deputy director should have expertise in either the area of child development or in maternal child health and be prepared to lead in this portfolio area for all the technical assistance tasks of the team.

2.To be the lead for the technical team in either the area of child development, family health, or maternal child health. This will include leading the organization in one of these technical areas in innovation, design and proposal development, implementation guidance for programs based on best practice, global trends in child development and/or maternal child health and development, integration of World Relief core capacity areas that maximize health, and the movement of the Spirit of God through his global Body, the church. This includes leading a process to develop and roll-out new tools for effective implementation and monitoring of said strategies.

3.As the deputy director for the health and social development technical team, to assist and enable the team to work together with the line management and operations team in proposal development for funding, project work plans (detailed implementation plans), and monitoring and evaluation plans.

4.To work with line management to improve the skills of field staff in program management, integration, implementation and key technical skills such as: curriculum development or adaptation, quantitative and qualitative monitoring, evaluation, and participatory training methodology.

5.To help the organization maintain an appropriate level of expertise and know-how in child development and/or maternal child health that are core to our programs and keep the organization appropriately connected in this arena.

6.To assure the monitoring and evaluation of field-based programs in line with appropriate quality parameters and organizational priorities.

7.To assure that World Relief is represented in the appropriate professional bodies relating to child development and/or maternal child health and to integrate best practices and research designs into on-going programs, sharing findings in appropriate forums.

8.To represent World Relief as called to do so in speaking, writing, and fundraising capacities and to nurture relationships with donors and potential donors.

9.To assist in efforts to diversify funding strategies to include major donors, foundations, churches, US government and other international donors, and private/public partnerships.


When possible, ideally participate in World Relief corporate strategy setting beyond the Health and Social Development sectors.



Health or Child Development professional with advanced degree.


·Minimum of three years experience working in public health or child development and community development in a developing country.

·Specialized experience in maternal/child health or child development, and community-based development.

·Cross-cultural sensitivity/ experience required.

·Experience with USAID centrally-funded projects strongly preferred.

·African or Asian field experience with community development programs involving the church preferred.


·Strong technical writing, analytical, research, and evaluation skills required (submit samples of proposals, research papers, and articles.)

·Strong interpersonal communication skills to be able to relate well to a wide variety of field staff and facilitate transfer of latest research in technical areas into practical programs in the field.

·Strong speaking and writing skills.

·Encouraging, warm, open and friendly personality.

·Computer proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

·Competency in survey and statistical analysis a plus.

·Strong leadership and teamwork skills

·Excellent time-management skills, ability to deliver when facing multiple projects with tight deadlines.

·Familiarity with the international development community and donor solicitation processes (US Government agencies, European Government agencies, multilateral agencies)

·Individual must be a self-starter, strongly motivated and interested in rapidly producing results

·Strong commitment to WR's mission, vision and values and strong interest in embodying these in project design

·Servant heart and leadership style with keen sense of prioritizing critical concerns and addressing them within the structures of WR protocols with sensitivity, justice, and grace.


·A clear, integrative thinker and communicator with excellent organizational skills.

·Able to assure attention to detail in proposals, reports and evaluations.

·Able to sustain concentrated effort on long-term project proposals and plans.

·Able to sustain cyclical periods of intense work activity and maintain a regular travel schedule (25% to 30% time travel expected.)


·This description does not necessarily include every responsibility, requirement, skill, or working condition associated with the job. While this description is intended to accurately reflect the current job, management will review the job, as needed, and may require that different tasks be performed, depending on circumstances in the workplace.

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