Career Opportunities

Technical Lead

Location: Chevy Chase, MD | Job Type: Full-time | Post Date: 04/20/2017
Job Description: 

The Quality and Performance Institute (QPI) is a division of URC that has implemented quality improvement and operations research programs in health care since 1981 and continues to be at the cutting edge of health care improvement work in countries around the world. The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) is the QPI’s leading project that is dedicated to improving health, population and nutrition services through technical support to service delivery institutions, country Ministries of Health, USAID country missions, and cooperating agencies. The project carries on the work of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project ( and is focused on building the capacity of host country providers and managers to apply modern quality improvement methods, make essential services accessible to all who need them, and ensure that care is delivered in compliance with standards and client needs, for every client, every time. An important global objective of the ASSIST Project is knowledge management: to facilitate documentation and sharing of evidence for improvement of specific care processes, based on the work of individual QI teams, large-scale improvement efforts, and/or research, and to make this information readily available through Web technology.


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Job Responsibilities: 

As Technical Lead of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Health (RMNCH) and Non-communicable Diseases (NCD), oversee Quality and Performance Institute RMNCH and NCD portfolio, including global initiatives and in-country activities in different regions, including Africa, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and Caribbean, South East Asia and Middle East. Oversee assigned donor-funded RMNCH and NCD projects, including technical, organizational, and budget management in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Indirectly manage and supervise the QPI’s donor-funded activities abroad in the area of RMNCH and NCD and provide technical oversight to Field Office staff located abroad to improve prevention and management of NCDs and quality of RMNCH services in respective LMICs. Lead the refinement of methods, norms, standards, and quality improvement tools to improve quality of RMNCH and NCD services in LMICs. Participate in business development activities, such as providing technical and programmatic inputs to new proposals.

Job Requirements: 
  • Doctor of Medicine degree or foreign equivalent, plus Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Health Policy and Management, or foreign equivalent
  • 5 years of experience in a Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Technical Lead, or Senior Improvement Advisor occupation
  • 5 years of mid- to senior-level experience in a Global Health area managing and implementing donor-funded programs
  • 5 years of experience in managing or implementing USAID-funded programs in LMIC(s) in the area of reproductive, maternal, newborn or child health, or non-communicable diseases
  • 5 years of experience leading or implementing improvement activities, including experience with implementing research around quality of medical care in area of reproductive, maternal, newborn or child health, or non-communicable diseases in LMICs
  • 30% international travel required

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About University Research Company (URC):
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States. URC is an E-Verify employer and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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