Project Management Specialist in USAID Nepal


(Announcement Number: 21-01)

USAID Nepal invites applications for employment from all interested and qualified candidates for the position of Project Management Specialist (Maternal, Newborn, and Child Ilcalth [MNCII] Team Lead) in the Ilcalth Office, under a Foreign Service National (FSN) Personal Services Contract (PSC) subject to availability of funds.

Project Management Specialist (Maternal, Newborn, Children Health (MNCH) Advisor at Health Office, USAID/Nepal

Project Management Specialist (Maternal, Newborn, Children Health (MNCH) Advisor at Health Office, USAID/Nepal file icon(PDF – 86K)

OPEN TO: All interested and qualified candidates

POSITION: Project Management Specialist (Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Team Lead) FSNPSC -12

OPENING DATE: May 19, 2021
CLOSING DATE: June 02, 2021 5:00 P.M. Kathmandu time
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week



USAID’s support in the health sector rcnccts one of the longest standing and most successful development assistance programs in Nepal. USAID/Ncpal ‘s II cal th Office (ITO) manages $70 million in annual programming in maternal and child health; nutrition; water, sanitation, hygiene, and water resources management; HIV/AIDS; disabi lity/rehabilitation; infectious disease; and family planning/reproductive health. In addition, USA ID/Nepal invest<; in cross-c utting areas of systems strengthening support, including: strengthening the decentralized health system through improved health governance, financing, and data for decision-making; improving human resources for health capacity; and strengthening supply chain and pharmaceutical management systems to support sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, ctlccti vc, quality-assured, and affordable essential medicines and related pharmaceutical equipment. The HO also coordinates closely with other Mission offices on health facil ity construction, air quality improvement, nutrition sensitive agriculture, health messaging through schools and other learning platforms, and water securi ty. The HO has 19 stalT organized into two technical teams: 1) Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, 2) Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, and Social Marketing.

The Project Management Specialist (MNCII Team Lead) facilitates communication and ensures collaborative working relationships with high-level decision makers, as well as technical staff, in the Ministry of Health and Population (MOIIP), USAID/Washington counterparts, with other government entities, and with other development partners, donors and non-governmental organizations working in the health sector. The MNCIT Team Lead delivers analytical and technical assistance services to other bilateral/multilateral agencies, Government of Nepal and civil society in developing and implementing policies and programs based on best practices and innovations in MNCH. Representing the U.S. Government, the jobholder leads national technical working groups and builds alliances with other external development partners and provides essential communication and liaison within USAID offices and with other United States Government (USG) agencies.

The jobholder serves as the team’s senior advisor on maternal, newborn, and child health issues and provides leadership in identifying opportunities for USG engagement in MN CIT programming in the Nepal. The jobholder will have broad experience working with national stakeholders including government, professional associations, and civil society organizations. This senior position ensures that the Mission has the necessary strategic, technical, and management expertise to handle and successfully implement MNCIT programs and activities in the Health Ollicc portfolio. The jobholder serves as the in-house subject matter expert on MNCH and the Mission’s senior representative in policy, strategic and technical engagements with the interagcncy, Government of Nepal, international and bilateral organizations, and donor agencies to address technical issues and coordinate efforts in implementation of MN CIT activities. The jobholder has an understanding of global health issues, as well as the entire USAID/USG health portfolio, and serves as an Agreement Otliccr’s Representative/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) or Activity Manager for selected programs/projects/activities. As an AOR/COR, the jobholder monitors program performance and progress, identifies implementation achievement<; as well as problems in pcrfonnancc, and initiates appropriate actions in consultation with other Ilcalth Office staff, and/or the Deputy and Office Director, as appropriate.

The MNCH Team Lead is a key member of the Health O fficc. The jobholder reports to the Health Office Director or her/his dcsigncc, and has supervisory responsibility for up to five team members, including AORs/CORs, and provides mentoring and coaching to the entire Office in the area of maternal, newborn, and child health.


  1. Education: Master’s degree or local equivalent from an accredited program in Public Health, International Development, Health, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, Biology, Infectious Disease, Medicine, Pharn1acy, Nursing, or Nutrition.
  2. Experience: A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in MNCH. Prior experience working with or for bilateral or multilateral donors/stakeholders such as the World Bank, the Global Fund, UN agencies, or national-level public or private sector projects and ensuring compliance with U.S. Government rules and regulations is required.
  3. Post Entry Training: On-the-job training will be provided relating to USG-specific procedures, regulations, and methods. Formal AOR/AOR training is required for successful performance in the position and will be provided. Appropriate training courses will be o!Tcrcd, subject to course offorings and the availability of funds.
  4. Language Proficiency: Level IV (Oucnt) in English and Nepali Language is required.
  5. Knowledge: Expert-level knowledge and understanding ofMNCII approaches and interventions. Demonstrated senior-level knowledge of the overall health sector context as well as the key aspects of USG foreign assistance to the country. Working knowledge of USG and USAID’s strategic direction, its chief accomplishments and its challenges.
  6. Skills and Abilities: The jobholder must possess strong technical and analytical skills in MNCH. The jobholder must possess strong skills in communication, advocacy and networking. S/hc must have strong conceptual and analytical skills to be able to quickly grasp and translate new concepts into operational plans and results. This position requires an outstanding ability to exercise flexibility to be able to accept and react to evolving planning and implementation contexts. The jobholder must demonstrate excellent computer skills including skills with Microsoft Oflicc, web-based databases, and electronic fi ling. S/hc exercises individual judgement in his/her roles.

S/hc takes initiative and offers leadership in reviewing the progress of programs and project.<; under his/her personal and team’s responsibility, including performance reports, pipeline management, program implementation reviews, as well as fulfilling other USAID and USG reporting requirements. S/hc demonstrates timely decisionmaking ability and extensive judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, using diplomacy and tact.

A detailed job description for the position can be obtained by visiting USAID/Ncpa l’s website at nepal/carccrs or by requesting USAID/Nepal’s Human Resources O ffice (

Interested applicant.<; should submit a cover letter and a resume – not to exceed 3 pages – and any other documentation that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed in the full job description. Please provide names of three references and their contact numbers and email addresses as well. Please send your application to the attention of USA ID/Nepal Human Resources Office, U.S. Embassy Maharajgunj, G.P.O. Box. 295, Kathmandu, Nepal. Applications may be sent electronically to:

Only short listed applicants will be contacted to participate in the hiring process.

USAID/Ncpal is an equal opportunity employer committed to a staff composition that rcnccts the social and ethnic diversity of Nepali society. We believe that social inclusion and diversity contribute to excellence. Applicants from disadvantaged castes, under-represented ethnic groups, and women arc especially encouraged to apply.

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