Director, Community Health

Full Time

New Delhi

Closing Date: 28 July, 2024
About IHAT:

India Health Action Trust was instituted in 2003 as a Charitable Trust with a vision to meaningfully impact the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people by addressing health and social inequities. The Trust is working towards reducing inequities by developing comprehensive and sustainable programmes to improve population health. Since its inception, IHAT has working closely with the Government of India and state governments, including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Bihar to achieve public health goals. Our work is focused in areas of prevention and control of HIV and Tuberculosis, in achieving significant improvements in Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, improved Nutrition among mothers and children, and strengthening health systems. We use program science to optimise and scale public health programs while partnering with the governments and communities.

About Program:
Reporting to:

Chief Executive Officer, IHAT

Travel Requirements:

30% travel is expected within India

Job Summary :

The Director of Community Health and Outreach will provide strategic direction for community-based health initiatives to support IHAT’s vision of transforming healthcare delivery in under-resourced communities. The Director will lead all IHAT’s community health and outreach interventions in Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health, Communicable Diseases, and Health Systems Strengthening initiatives. This role will develop and lead the implementation of IHAT’s Programme Science and Systems driven organisational strategy on Community Health and Outreach that ensures compliance with regulations and optimizes community engagement platforms in India.

Advancing the community systems strengthening approach, the Director will collaborate with IHAT’s programs across various states. This will involve technical collaboration and support for ongoing programs, use of monitoring and reporting to inform course corrections, and strengthening representation with program/sector partners and the government. The role will also develop and roll out supportive supervision and quality assurance mechanisms.

The Director will connect clinical care with community-based programs to improve health outcomes and social determinants of health, represent IHAT’s community partnerships, foster public-private partnerships, and work closely with IHAT’s Senior Management Team, cross-functional teams, partnerships, and the government. Additionally, the role will build sector and donor relationships and lead/support resource mobilization efforts.

Key Responsibilities:
  1. Technical Leadership
  • Consolidate IHAT’s community health approaches, programme performance, and stakeholder feedback to inform organizational strategy on community health initiatives.
  • Direct the implementation of IHAT’s community health improvement strategy, aligned with the organization’s vision and mission. Support action plans based on IHAT’s programmes and specific project strategies in collaboration with inter-state and cross-functional teams.
  • Identify key partnerships and platforms to enhance community collaborations, resource allocations, and community-based system strengthening for improved health outcomes.
  • Collaborate to integrate community and clinical approaches to address health issues at the community level.
  • Develop strategies for internal and external outreach to increase resource allocations, scale technical interventions, and influence policy, positioning community health interventions as significant contributors to national and global health indicators.
  • Lead or support the development of strategies, papers, and presentations. Represent IHAT in external events, meetings, and liaise with sector stakeholders, government bodies, and high-level partnerships.
  • Ensure new and ongoing programmes incorporate interventions to ensure health equity and address barriers to girls’ and women’s optimal health.
  • Identify potential for ongoing innovations and approaches for replication and scaling up.
  1. Program Coordination and Administration
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, including donors and government, to effectively represent IHAT’s work in community health and outreach.
  • Provide direction and guidance for developing and managing an integrated work plan, aligned with facility and systems strengthening work plans.
  • Oversee strategic and annual operating budgets, provide supportive supervision on implementation, and monitor consolidated budgets versus expenditure statements with concerned team members.
  • Collaborate with teams to review project/programme progress, effectiveness, and impact; implement mid-course corrections as needed and share updates with Senior Management, technical working groups, and external stakeholders.
  • Support project teams and MERL team during the development of donor reports to ensure programme progress and indicators are effectively presented.
  1. Resource Mobilization
  • Develop and maintain relationships with sector players, technical and academic institutions, donors, and the government for community health improvement and outreach initiatives.
  • Engage in developing technical/non-financial and financial MoUs/Agreements with government and non-government actors for joint initiatives and representation.
  • Lead new fundraising opportunities with technical leads, advisors, and relevant programme managers; develop and support high-quality programme and funding proposals.
  • Develop and support the development of technical and financial bids for multilateral, bilateral, corporate, and government funding.
  • Collaborate with the resource mobilisation team to track grants and support project inception, reporting, monitoring, and donor interface for acquired grants.
  1. Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning
  • Contribute to developing needs assessments, baselines, monitoring and evaluation, and research initiatives for IHAT projects/programmes, collaborating with sector players, research institutions, and the government.
  • Lead or support the development of knowledge products based on primary and secondary data analysis, programme learning, and MIS data.
  1. Representation
  • Support IHAT leadership in interfacing with the Government of India, State Government, academic institutions, and national organizations for IHAT’s MNCH, Communicable Diseases, and Health Systems Strengthening.
  • Strategize, develop, manage, and prepare briefs on relationships with government departments, sector players, and IHAT offices and teams, reviewing progress against agreements, contracts, and MoUs.
  • Delegate, oversee, and review the management of national relationships with the Senior Management Team and sub-state relationships managed by the team.
  • Oversee or delegate the engagement of senior experts and consultations for specialized programming areas.
  1. Team Leadership and Development
  • Demonstrate IHAT’s core values through exemplary behavior.
  • Ensure a common understanding and vision of the programme among all team members, with clear communication and structured responsibilities.
  • Delegate responsibilities among team members to ensure quality outputs and provide regular feedback, coaching, and mentoring to develop professional capacity and performance.
  • Monitor and provide objective feedback on staff performance, completing evaluations to promote growth and development.
  • Ensure team performance objectives are defined, monitored, and reported using IHAT’s performance management system and other tools.
  • Support team members in their work and identify and meet their development needs.
  • Ensure the team budget is developed, implemented, and monitored in a timely manner.
  1. Any other work assigned by the line manager.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum 15+ years of relevant experience, with at least 7 years in a senior managerial position.
  • Extensive experience in RMNCH (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health) and community health improvement models, non-communicable diseases, Infectious Disease Surveillance, Prevention, and Control.
  • Experience in health programme strategies, including community health improvement and outreach.
  • Proven understanding of financial management.
  • Experience working with government and international organizations/bilateral agencies. Experience with foundations, trusts, and corporates is an added advantage.

Professional Development:

  • Active membership in professional organizations to enhance knowledge and resources through networking, continuing education, and participation in national, regional, and local activities.
  • MBBS/MD degree, preferably in community medicine, with specialization in areas of IHAT’s expertise or Public Health, preferably PhD.
Key Competencies:

Conceptual and Analytical Skills:

  • Proven ability to conceptualize, analyze, innovate, plan, and execute ideas.
  • Experience participating in strategic planning processes for organizations.
  • Experience strengthening the programmatic capacity of an organization, particularly in innovations and systems development.

Leadership and Management:

  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial experience, preferably in a healthcare setting.
  • Experience building relationships and working with multi-disciplinary teams, technical advisory groups, and external stakeholders.

Communication Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong presentation, persuasive ability, and report writing.
  • Capacity to deliver complex messages to various audiences.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, analyze, innovate, plan and execute ideas.
How To Apply :

Interested candidates should visit page to submit their application. Only a complete application submitted through the online portal before the closing date will be considered.

IHAT is an equal opportunity employer. The organization is continuously assessing and enhancing its practices allied with gender equity and inclusion. We provide a multicultural and safe working environment for all our employees. Equal opportunity is provided to qualified and interested candidates irrespective of caste, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity expression, or any other basis for attracting diverse talent, cultivating and nurturing an inclusive workplace environment. IHAT is committed to providing an enabling environment to its employees to continue with the learning pathway. Applications are particularly encouraged by women and other diverse genders, applicants from marginalized communities, people living with HIV and different abilities.

We will be following a systematic selection process to fill this position based on experience, competency and suitability. Shortlisting for the posts will take place soon after the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. If you have not heard from us within six weeks of the closing date, please assume that the current IHAT positions are unable to accommodate you at the moment. It is also not possible for us to provide you with specific feedback because of the volume of applications we receive.

IHAT does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing, or other fees in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it.

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