Strategy Support Officer

Full Time


Closing Date: 25 August, 2022
About IHAT:

India Health Action Trust (IHAT) works towards reducing inequities by developing comprehensive and sustainable programs to improve population health. We work closely with the Government of India and state governments to achieve its public health goals. Our work is focused on 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. Our work is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

We set up multiple Technical Support Units (TSU) for the Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Delhi and an Innovation Hub in Madhya Pradesh to provide techno-managerial assistance and coordinate with the Governments, Non-Government Agencies, Academic Institutions, and Communities.

About Program:

IHAT in partnership with the University of Manitoba, Canada has set up the Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit (UP TSU) in 2013 to provide techno-managerial support to the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) pursuant to the Memorandum of Cooperation between the GoUP and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The technical areas of support includes strengthening its Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) and Nutrition programs.

Reporting to:

Public Health Specialist or Designated person

Travel Requirements:

This position require extensive travel across the project implementation states

Job Summary :

The Strategy Support Officer will provide vital assistance to the Public Health Specialist, University of Manitoba (UM) and India Health Action Trust (IHAT) and other relevant team members in driving the coordination required for program management, monitoring, and strategic communication between UM, IHAT, and other partners as required. The Officer will support in developing routine project updates including narrative reports and power point presentations by critically analyzing available data and information. The officer will develop and manage key project timelines and ensure necessary follow-ups required for timely delivery of project deliverables under the Reproductive Maternal New born, Child Health and Nutrition domains. The position is expected to liaise between the project teams, funders and the other partners.

The individual needs to be organized, skilled and competent to play the above role. In addition to this, the Officer will facilitate effective communication between the Project Directors of UP program, UM leadership, and funders.

Key Responsibilities:

Deliverables expected from the Job Role

  • Program management
  • Strategic planning
  • Documentation
  • Coordinating for major updates and donor visits/meetings

 Key Inputs expected from the Job Role:

  1. Program Management:
  • Review progress of integrated work plan and help ensure all partners are delivering on commitments and key milestones. The purpose of such reviews will be primarily to identify any critical activities which are off track and strategize for course-correction.
  • Provide systematic and regular updates on achievements and progress made: The strategy-support team will keep in regular touch with all consortium partners and ensure that the team is up-to-date on any key achievements/progress. This will also involve support in preparing for key strategic meetings, including document development, planning and coordination
  • Share regular updates regarding progress made against action items as decided in all internal and external meetings.
  • Develop and improve necessary analysis and presentation framework for all internal and external meetings, and maintain minutes of meetings
  • Maintain project schedules, manage and analyze progress using excel and other similar tools
  • Liaising with key external stakeholders including funders and internal UP-TSU teams, to support effective collaboration in the implementation and knowledge management of ongoing project activities.
  1. Strategic Planning:
  • Examine challenges and progress made on the key pivots as discussed in the Phase 3 proposal (equity, gender, transition and sustainability, incl. institutional capacity building)
  • Conduct field visits to gauge program implementation at the community level to ensure accurate dissemination of instructions and guidelines specified at the state level and identify gaps in the current implementation scheme, as required
  1. Documentation and coordination:
  • Support knowledge dissemination of work of the UP TSU with key stakeholders (government, funders, ecosystem partners) through a range of formats including in-person meetings, knowledge products, etc.
  • Support in planning and preparing for key funder meetings/visits
  • Prepare concept notes, proposals and reports for consideration as required.
  • Prepare high-quality presentations for internal and external demonstrations as directed. Maintain a comprehensive repository of all relevant documents, reports, presentations and photographs.
Work Experience:

Essential experience

  • 3-5 or more years of experience in management consulting or equivalent

Desirable experience

  • 1-2 years of experience in strategy development and program implementation on the reproductive, maternal, new born, child health and Nutrition domain

Essential Qualification

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/ Public Health/ Rural Development/ Management/ MBBS and MD / Mass Communication or other relevant fields

Desirable Qualification

  • Master’s Degree from a top tier institute
Key Competencies:
Competencies required for the job role
Behavioral Functional Domain
Innovation & Creative Thinking Excellent written and verbal communication Knowledge of Maternal Health policies in India/UP
Strategic Thinking Technical proposal/report writing Knowledge of Nutrition/ICDS policies in India/UP
Collaboration for Success Advanced MS Excel for data analysis Basic knowledge of components of RMNCHN

Key Performance Indicators

  • Ability to adapt to a challenging and dynamic environment and respond to requests respecting urgent timelines.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into simple presentations and concept notes
  • Improved documentation and established process flows
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.

We follow the principle of equal opportunity and encourages women applicants. Physically challenged with required skills /knowledge and willing to travel are also encouraged to apply. 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.

We do 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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