Join the Team: Global Health and Development Director

October 18, 2018

Title: Global Health and Development Director
Reports to: Co-CEO & Managing Director
Travel: 20-30% International

M4ID Background:
M4ID was founded as a social impact company in 2008 with the bold ambition of advancing the global development and health field through creative problem solving and cross-disciplinary collaboration. M4ID only undertakes assignments that improve development and health outcomes for underrepresented and underserved communities. We are a highly expert integrated multi-disciplinary team, driven by the will to make a difference. Our unique way of working is a fusion of the interdisciplinary and human-centered approaches. Involving the people we serve ensures relevance. Integrating the expertise of different disciplines maximises creative problem solving. Collaboration with clients, stakeholders and partners is an essential part of the process. In addition to client-led work, M4ID funds and executes our own social mission projects in which we create new services and campaigns for a fairer world.

Position Description:
The Global Health and Development Director will provide public health and development sector leadership across M4ID and our initiatives. The Director will work in close collaboration with the management and project teams to define strategic direction and vision for programmes, ensure the highest technical quality across initiatives, develop key partnerships at global and national level as well as and guide M4ID’s efforts to achieve results at scale. The Director will manage and coach a growing team of health and development specialists, guide programme learning and innovation and serve as a key advocate and spokesperson for creative problem solving in the development and health realm. The Director will mobilize partnerships, particularly within governments, towards implementing systems-level change that empower underserved communities to lead healthier and dignified lives.

The Director will bring deep public health expertise as well as strategic experience in the development sector from both a technical and programme implementation point of view. The Director will cultivate an open and collaborative culture and bring in cutting-edge clinical and public health approaches to address complex, global health and development challenges. Reporting to the Co-CEO and Managing Director, the Director will provide thought leadership in the health sector and work closely with M4ID’s interdisciplinary team to develop and guide field work and long-term implementation strategies.

Key Responsibilities:

Public Health and Development Sector Leadership

  • Serve as the internal and external public health and development sector expert.
  • Build, coach and inspire the health, development and programme coordination teams.
  • Ensure the project research, analysis, problem definition, conceptual thinking, and the quality of technical knowledge created by teams is of the highest level and aligned with programme goals and M4ID vision.
  • Participate in strategic phases of design and creative work, including with government, communities and partners in low income countries.
  • Establish and manage key client and partner relationships, taking responsibility over the overall quality of services during ongoing project engagements.
  • Ensure a strong set of company-wide mechanisms for impact capturing, monitoring and evaluation, in collaboration with other team members.
  • Support the linking of research to project phases, so as to guide and inform innovative intervention and service solution design.
  • Assist teams in the synthesis, prioritization, communication, presentation of data and research across M4ID’s inter-disciplinary team and partners.
  • Design and maintain data collection and analysis systems.
  • Guide the planning and coordination of the start-up of the research study protocols, and the establishment of research operating policies and procedures.

Scaling Change

  • Lead the team, together with partners, in planning and developing strategies for piloting and scaling initiatives.
  • Develop effective approaches to shaping enabling environments and systemic change in a way that promotes scalable impact.
  • Establish networks that drive change at scale at an institutional/ policy level.
  • Promote measurement of impact and set long-term vision for how to continuously drive for enhanced policy reform and strategy development.

Leadership and Management

  • Support interventions, and promote agile approaches to organization wide development and growth.
  • Actively facilitate creative problem solving sessions in support of business goals and programme objectives.
  • Support the further refinement of M4ID’s unique problem solving model and approach to social innovation.
  • Define and model M4ID culture, ensuring it aligns with M4ID’s mission and core values.
  • Develop and maintain a rewarding and creative working environment for staff working across varied disciplines.
  • Work closely with the leadership and team members in monitoring and evaluating ongoing programmes and our social impact.
  • As part of the management team, ensure the sustainability of M4ID as a social impact company.
  • Contribute to M4ID’s social mission programme implementation and evaluation.
  • Work closely with the leadership team in establishing M4ID as a leading global agency in applying creative problem solving for international development and health.
  • Represent M4ID globally.

In addition, the Employee shall do additional related tasks as from time to time as directed by the Employer.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 15 years of work experience, with a focus on public health programmes in low income countries.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience as a team leader and coach.
  • Master’s Degree or higher in public health, health communication, social sciences, or a closely related field; a medical doctor or nurse-midwife with public health training is strongly preferred.
  • Expert level understanding of current development and health trends, principles and methodologies, knowledge of high impact interventions in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health required.
  • Experience in leading complex initiatives, partnering with diverse stakeholders to improve systems/services/products, as well as helping to shape and change sector practices and policies.
  • Proven client management skills, including ability to interact with and influence senior level executives and government officials.
  • An analytical and critical thinker with an ability to comprehend and navigate complex systems.
  • Experience working and/or conducting research in one or all of the project sites is preferred.
  • Commitment to social change and M4ID’s development and health mission.
  • Flexibility, inclusiveness, openness and ability to work well in an inter-disciplinary, fast-paced and creative environment.
  • Project management experience.
  • Ability to create trusting relations with diverse partners.
  • Cultural understanding and sensitivity.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.
  • Excellent oral and written English language and presentation skills.

The post is an open-ended appointment and is based in Helsinki, Finland.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter with salary expectation, using the title ‘Global Health and Development Director’ to jobs@m4id.fi by 15 November 2018.