Country Backstop, Pakistan Health System Strengthening
Population Council - Washington, DC

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TITLE: Country Backstop, A Health System Strengthening (HSS) Project in Pakistan Focusing on Maternal Health

REPORTING TO: Chief of Party

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

SALARY: Depends on qualifications and experience.

ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: Two years, renewable by mutual consent and availability of funding.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Country Backstop (CB) will work closely with the Chief of Party (COP) to ensure the smooth development, implementation, and monitoring of a USAID-funded initiative to build and strengthen the underlying health systems that are the backbone of equitable and quality MCH services in Pakistan. The CB, based in Washington, DC, should be familiar with the political, social, economic and cultural context of working in Pakistan, have a sound understanding of and extensive experience working in maternal and child health and health system strengthening, and be able to discuss and communicate key project issues and achievements with US-based stakeholders, including USAID officials. Experience in guiding and supporting programs and in‐country teams with innovative approaches, results‐oriented interventions, internationally recognized best or promising practices, adapting to changing circumstances, and pro‐active troubleshooting assistance is required. The CB will work with other project leadership staff to ensure appropriate human and financial resource allocation to project initiatives and contribute, as appropriate, to the development of financial and technical reports and project dissemination efforts. The CB will represent the project to USAID counterparts in Washington, DC as directed by the COP. Specific responsibilities are listed below.


1. Serve as the project’s technical representative in Washington, DC, communicating key project findings, lessons learned, and achievements to U.S.-based stakeholders and working with USAID Washington to address technical and contractual issues as needed and as directed by the Chief of Party.
2. Collaborate with the Chief of Party to develop and monitor annual work plans and budgets, technical and financial reports, and other program and dissemination documents as required.
3. Travel as needed, to work with project staff on technical and operational aspects of the project and reporting on country level activities.
4. Contribute by working with the project’s technical team to the development and implementation of a strategy for synthesizing and disseminating key results, programmatic lessons learned, methodologies developed, and other outputs of the program.
5. Help develop and oversee the information dissemination and knowledge management strategy in collaboration with project staff, partner organizations, and other Council staff, including those in publications and communications.
6. Represent the Population Council as appropriate to USAID Washington and missions, and collaborating agencies.
7. Other duties as assigned.


1. Masters degree in public health, social science, public policy, or related field with at least 10-15 years of relevant experience in a similar post with an international development organization. Not-for-profit and overseas experience desirable.
2. Substantial knowledge of USAID-funded maternal and child health programs in developing countries, particularly Pakistan; and substantial experience with USAID procedures and regulations, particularly as related to cooperative agreements. Ability to present the program to high-ranking USAID officials on contractual and technical issues is necessary.
3. A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible positions managing the financial reporting, accountability, logistics, and operations for complex and internationally funded development projects.
4. Solid knowledge of the political, social, economic and cultural context of working in Pakistan is necessary.
5. Excellent supervision and management skills.
6. Strong organizational skills as well as good communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to handle a heavy workload with competing priorities. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to also function as part of a team.
7. Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
8. Excellent quantitative and analytical skills and high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
9. Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English. Basic knowledge of Sindhi or Urdu preferred.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:

Reference: Country Backstop
Mr. Benjamin Bilbao, Recruitment Manager
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The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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