Technical Services and Innovation Director – Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU)

Take a leading role in the family
planning and reproductive health revolution in Uganda. Marie Stopes Uganda
(MSU) is the largest and fasting growing organization of its type in the
country, preparing for a period of rapid expansion with support from the UK and
US governments. We aim to contribute 15 points to Uganda’s contraceptive
prevalence rate by 2015, saving and improving many thousands of Ugandan lives.
MSU currently has a wide array of multi-donor funded projects, including its
combined $38 million 5-year LTM family planning programme. We are looking for a
highly experienced, strategically minded and dynamic individual to lead MSU’s
Technical Services and Innovation department, spearheading innovation at MSU
and overseeing MSU’s donor project portfolio, research, monitoring and
evaluation, and integrated marketing services. This is an Executive Management
Team position reporting into the Country Director.

MSU is a client-centred and results-oriented social enterprise. We deliver high
quality, effective and sustainable family planning and reproductive health
interventions across every district of Uganda. MSU has 25% of the market share
in modern contraceptives and, in 2010, safely delivered 35,000 babies and
contributed 4 points to Uganda’s contraceptive prevalence rate. MSU has enjoyed
20% year on year growth since 2007. This role is critical to our mission of
ensuring every Ugandan’s right to CHILDREN BY CHOICE NOT CHANCE, and you will
adhere to MSU’s core values;

Job Title: Technical Services and Innovation Director

Reporting to the Country Director

The Technical Services & Innovation (TSI) Director is a key member of the
Executive Management Team and is responsible for oversight of donor project management,
integrated marketing and research, monitoring and evaluation. These integrated
functions aim to provide an enabling environment for high quality service
delivery to the 250,000 + MSU clients. The Director will have oversight of the
implementation of a complex range of donor funded projects, including a $38
million, 5 year USAID-funded project to increase contraceptive prevalence in
Uganda by significantly scaling up access to long term and permanent family
planning methods through multiple delivery channels. The Director will work
closely with the Directors of Operations and Private Sector Partnerships
(overseeing service delivery) to coordinate, monitor and facilitate the
activities of all donor funded activities and improve the quality of programming
through research, marketing and BCC.

The Director will work collaboratively with other EMT members at a strategic
level to achieve MSU’s objectives. The TSI Director manages a growing
department (currently 10 people), with direct line management of the Senior
Donor Projects Manager, Senior Research Manager and Integrated Marketing

Your role will be to:

·         Contribute to the strategic
direction of MSU, leading implementation of MSU plans and strategies with the
other Directors

·          Provide overall
leadership, guidance and management to the TSI department

·         Lead, direct and be
accountable for the performance of all donor projects

·         Oversee the design and roll
out of Research and M&E activities to support evidence-based
decision-making in the programme

·         Engender a spirit of
innovation within MSU, challenging processes and ways of working, introducing
team members to new ideas, technologies and best practice

·         Oversee the implementation of
MSU’s marketing and BCC strategy

·         Lead implementation of key
strategic objectives around male involvement and LAPM uptake

·         Develop productive
relationships with key SRH donors and stakeholders

Skills and Experience


·         Minimum of a University
Degree in Health Science, Social Science, or International Development
Management; Master Degree is preferable;

·         Fluent English both oral and

·         Knowledge of Clinical Health,
Community Outreach, Family Planning and Social Marketing

·         Desirable: knowledge of
quantitative and qualitative research methodologies


·         Extensive experience in a
senior management position, preferably in the health management, family
planning, community development, and/or social marketing industry;

·         Extensive experience managing
multi-tiered management structures of medical professionals, health outreach
teams, social marketing, M&E, and/or project development teams;

·         Extensive experience managing
donor funded projects (technical and financial components), including
experience of managing USAID projects

·         Good understanding of USAID
compliance requirements

·         Proven track record of people
management and leadership skills

·         Desirable: experience of
overseeing large-scale, complex research projects

·         Able to develop and
articulate a clear strategic vision

·         Negotiation, influencing and
conflict management skills

·         Able to manage and motivate
teams to achieve targets and to achieve organisational change

·         Strong written, reading and
spoken English Language skills

·         Proven ability to ‘sell’
ideas, concepts

·         IT literate

·         Effective leadership and
management skills;

·         Effective Analytical and
problem-solving skills
Attitude / Motivation:

·      Keen to pursue personal development

·         Strong commitment to the goal
and vision of MSI/MSU

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit an application letter together with their
detailed curriculum vitae only to the postal or email addresses below. This
MUST reach MSU by close of business Friday 16th March. Marie Stopes Uganda is
an equal opportunity employer.

Human Resource and Administration Manager

Plot 1020, Kisugu-Muyenga, P. O. Box 10431, Kampala – Uganda quoting ‘Technical Services and Innovation
Director 2012’

(Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.)

No Telephone Calls Please.

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