Technical Director – Proposal, Directeur Technique – Proposition, Yaoundé, University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Technical Director – Proposal, Directeur Technique – Proposition, Yaoundé, University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Guided by a strong vision of equitable and resilient systems that respond to people’s needs and emerging threats, URC helps countries and local actors to build, implement, and sustain science-driven, scalable solutions. Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical expertise to empower governments, communities, and service providers toward strengthening their own health and social systems and improve service quality. We aim to expand access to and improve the quality of services, addressing maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health; global health security and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene. In our interactions with each other and our clients, we stay true to our values for transformative change by focusing on:

Creativity: by unleashing our creativity, we enhance engagement and interaction to improve problem-solving.

Collaboration: not only our work towards the same vision and mission instill staff with a strong sense of purpose, but also enables us to complement each other’s skills and allocate work to maximize everyone’s strengths.

Accountability: we hold ourselves responsible for accomplishing goals, completing assignments, and making decisions.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion: we embrace the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, where our leadership and staff model behavior that enriches our organization, demonstrates respect for all people, and supports opportunities for all staff.

Transparency: we understand that when employees deeply trust one another and their leaders, they will be more engaged in their roles because they will not be worried about unfair treatment.


URC is searching for an experienced Technical Director for the anticipated USAID President Malaria Initiative (PMI) Activity in Cameroon. The PMI is a U.S. Government initiative designed to drastically reduce malaria deaths and illnesses with a long-term vision of a world without malaria. In Cameroon, PMI’s goal is to support the Government of Cameroon to improve access to and use of timely, quality, and well-documented malaria testing and treatment by providing facility- and community-based health workers with training, supervision, and malaria commodities to provide quality, effective care. The Cameroon PMI Activity will focus on malaria service delivery, including system strengthening and community-based interventions. The Activity interventions will target Adamaoua, North, and Far North regions with some components of the technical support implemented at the national level.


The Technical Director will spearhead effective implementation of the Activity’s overall strategic technical direction for the Cameroon PMI Activity. S/he will provide technical leadership to the design, implementation, and partner support. S/he will be a member of the Activity’s Senior Management Team.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

Provide technical leadership and direction in alignment with the Activity’s key objectives and expected outcomes, as delegated by the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), for Activity elements – health system strengthening, case management, service delivery, capacity building, and other areas related to malaria prevention and control.

Provide high-level coordination and promote in-country partnership and multi-sectoral collaboration.

Coordinate effective implementation of activities, including the development of annual work plans and facilitation of timely implementation and responsiveness to stated objectives and performance monitoring plan.

Support achievement of results, ensuring that the quality of activities is maintained at the highest standards, and technical objectives and deliverables are met in a timely manner.

Develop innovative technical strategies to ensure impact of contract activities.

Ensure timely submission of high-quality and comprehensive technical reports and other deliverables according to agreed-upon deadlines and respond promptly to other informational requests by USAID as needed.

As designated by the Chief of Party and DCOP, serve as a spokesperson and advocate, representing the Activity to the USG, donors, relevant stakeholders, cooperating agencies, and others.

Recruit and supervise staff to meet evolving demands, including management of technical experts with national and international expertise to contribute to needs, as required.

Lead technical assistance (TA) to the private and public sectors, including the Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), and other government bodies, across the Activity elements.

Engage partners, consultants, and technical experts at the URC home office and abroad strategically to support the achievement of the objectives in a timely manner.

Liaise and coordinate activities with other donors and global stakeholders (e.g., UNOPS, the Global Fund, World Health Organization, etc.) to develop greater synergy and maximize the impact.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.

Strong management, interpersonal, communication, mentoring, coaching, and facilitation skills.

Proven ability to develop productive working relationships with diverse public and private sector stakeholders, USAID, and other donors, implementing partners, and effectively coordinate, manage, and deal with differing priorities and perspectives.


Required Experience and Qualifications

Clinical Degree in medicine or nursery, or Master’s degree or advanced degree in public health or related field.

At least 12 years of progressive work experience in malaria control and prevention, including supporting and strengthening, malaria case management, and NMCP with supervisory and management responsibility.

Experience managing teams of multi-disciplinary technical specialists.

Demonstrated experience developing, managing, tracking, and reporting on activities, and their associated budgets.

Demonstrated ability to work with others to translate technical materials into practical tools and approaches.

Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and manage diverse staff to deliver impact.

Demonstrated ability to undertake problem analyses to develop creative and innovative approaches to improve program design, implementation, and results reporting.

Excellent communication and presentation skills in English and French, demonstrating an ability to communicate with various audiences including stakeholders, partners, and donors.

Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence.

Ability to analyze and interpret large amounts of data and clearly present it to decision-makers.

Experience using a Collaborative Learning Plan to inform activity implementation.

Prior experience working with USAID, PMI, and other international donors and knowledge of USAID and US Government policies, regulations, and procedures.

Fluency in English and French (oral and written) is required.

Citizens of Cameroon are encouraged to apply. Position is contingent upon award.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Unless otherwise directed, we will retain your CV in our database for future opportunities.

URC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

We value and seek diversity in our workforce

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