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Program Director, MCH

Job description

Position Code



Maternal & Child Health

Reporting To

Country Director

Employment Type

Full-time (50% secured FTE)


Karachi, Pakistan

JOb Purpose

The Program Director is the leadership position reporting directly to the Country Director. The incumbent will have technical oversight and support from the Global team and will be responsible for managing and providing technical support to the Maternal & Child Health (MCH) team in developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and assessing ongoing and new projects in Pakistan. Provide strategic guidance and mentorship to the program team and work collaboratively with program and partners within and outside the organization.


The program currently has a large impact-driven multi-disciplinary team working across the country, collaborating with local national and international partners, including Government, UN agencies, service delivery and research organizations, Universities, etc.


  • Identify grant opportunities and diversify the funding portfolio of MCH program.
  • Responsible for researching, preparing, and submitting research and implementation grants.
  • Expand the service and research delivery portfolio across the Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health continuum of care.
  • Hire, supervise, manage, and mentor program staff.
  • Support a work environment where employees are engaged, feel their opinions count, and are motivated to do best.
  • Manage budgets, people, timelines, project planning, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Create project timeline, activities, SOPs, and guidelines for project implementation.
  • Conduct field visits to assess the challenges and facilitate implementation.
  • Prepare and timely submit donor reports for ongoing and new projects.
  • Ensure implementation of projects in line with organizational and donor policies as applicable.
  • Review and analyze monthly financial reports for MCH projects.
  • Contribute to data analysis, report, abstract, and manuscript writing of existing and new MCH research projects.
  • Respond appropriately to criticism from a supervisor and/or junior team member(s).
  • Provide processes that enable team members to set each other up to succeed.
  • Empower team members with the tools and authority to make the right decisions.
  • Create a positive work environment and effectively influence and motivate team members.
  • Create a learning atmosphere for their personal and professional growth.
  • Collaborate with leadership and project teams to define strategic direction, set and track goals and performance metrics.
  • Conduct individual and collaborative research projects within IRD and its network of affiliated organizations.
  • Attend and represent the project at related regional and international meetings as needed.
  • Develop and present progress and learnings at relevant meetings.
  • Develop positive relationships with office and field staff, programs, and administrative leadership.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with collaborators, stakeholders, and partners to assure open communication and alignment of all resources and efforts.
  • Carry out other responsibilities as assigned.


Required Qualification

  • Graduate degree in Medicine, Public Health, Social Science, Epidemiology, International Development, or other related fields. A doctorate degree is preferred.

Required Experience

  • 8-12 years with a Master’s degree.
  • At least 5 years with a doctorate degree

Required Skills

  • Knowledge and experience in maternal and child health.
  • Track record of grant and manuscript writing.
  • Good leadership qualities to lead/supervise/develop a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated success leading large-scale team or programs.
  • Emotionally intelligent, influential & strategic problem solver.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Flexibility to work across time zones.
  • Proficiency with Stata or other statistical software.
  • Visionary, creative thinker and self-motivated.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and analytic skills.
  • Ability to multi-task successfully.
  • Perhaps under tight deadlines.
  • Available for local and international travel up to 40% as needed.
  • An effective communicator.
  • Proficient in inclusive planning, budgeting, and participatory management skills, including excellent analysis, drafting, and report writing skills.
  • Strong administrative skills and ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks under minimal supervision and maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects independently and believe in teamwork.
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