Health Programs Director - based in Timor-Leste

Timor Leste

This vacancy is now closed


About us

At Marie Stopes International we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give women the means to do so. Our team members, working across 37 countries, provide high quality, safe services to women, when and where they need them. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

Since 2007, Marie Stopes Timor-Leste (MSTL) has been supporting Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health to achieve the national maternal health goals by providing quality, affordable and accessible services. As the only organisation specialising in sexual and reproductive health care in the country, MSTL can demonstrate direct results in improving health outcomes for the people of Timor-Leste through the provision of information and services.

The role

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSTL’s Goal: Reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality and promote its mission: “Hili Los Salva Moris” – Children by choice, not chance.

The Health Programs Director will manage the programmatic, financial, and administrative performance of MSTL programs by effectively motivating, empowering, mentoring and supporting service delivery channel managers, evidence to action manager and staff; addressing bottlenecks; coordinating with other MSTL departments, monitoring performance and insightful reporting on performance to the Senior Management Team. In conjunction with the CD, this role will perform representational and stakeholder management duties including donor reporting and will ensure that MSTL’s vision, mission and core values are promoted.

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • Proven leadership and people management skills in a cross-cultural context including the ability to manage resources efficiently and effectively
  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Experience managing a team of varying capacity levels
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Excellent budget development and budge management ability
  • Strong understanding and commitment to safeguarding, gender equality and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage complex and diverse stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to produce high quality work and balance competing priorities within demanding timeframes
  • Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to be flexible and support the needs of the team as required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of Tetum is an advantage

Personal attributes

  • Results focused
  • Goes beyond the obvious to look for creative solutions from multiple perspectives
  • Responds effectively to challenges and is pro-active to get work done with minimal supervision
  • Takes responsibility for appropriate decisions, actions and behaviours
  • Team player who is supportive, flexible and shows respect to others
  • Respects and has commitment to an individual’s right to control their own fertility
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to continuing professional development
  • Client focused
  • Innovative
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Able to perform under stress

For more information about the role, please view the job description on our website.

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste

Contract type: Permanent, full-time

Closing date: 11th October 2020 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: Country Programme Salary Range

MSI is dedicated to equal opportunity for all and recognises that every individual is unique. Whilst we always seek to embrace individual differences and celebrate the diversity of our workforce, we also want to ensure that every team member is suited to their role and that they are given the best opportunity to succeed.

MSTL is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment. All candidates will be required to undertake vetting checks prior to commencement.

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