Job Description

*This position is open to any of the PATH offices across the globe*

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

International development and global health represent one of the greatest opportunities for digital technologies to make an impact on a global scale. New technologies, approaches and tools are emerging daily, unfortunately into a fragmented and immature digital health market landscape that currently limits their promise to transform country health systems and accelerate and amplify progress towards national and global health goals.

Digital Square is a global initiative, supported by PATH and funded by multiple donors, including USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to invest in and mature the field of global digital health to realize this promise. Conceived from the lessons of the inefficiencies and redundancies of prior investments in digital technologies for international development, Digital Square brings global and regional actors together to create a new way of thinking about, and a new way of doing, development.

The Senior Technical Advisor of Programs for Digital Square is a member of the Digital Square leadership team and will report to the Technical Director/assigned delegate of Digital Square. The Senior Technical Advisor of Programs will work with the Technical Director/assigned delegate to provide overall programmatic oversight, quality and technical direction of the Digital Square Initiative.


Responsibilities will be reflective of evolving Digital Square priorities, and may include:

Global Goods

Direct technical and programmatic priorities (e.g. utilization of data exchange standards) and provide oversight of assigned global goods awards including technical review of proposed scopes and deliverables, design and oversee quality assurance of global good investments, and support donor and external communications as they relate to global goods
Communicate, coordinate and negotiate with internal and external partners, donors and stakeholders on technical recommendations to global goods platforms and appropriate use of global goods, such as those being invested in by Digital Square
Support to the Acting Director to engage with investors in global goods, explain what they are, and advocate for how they can be used
Country Implementations and Regional Networks

Direct technical vision for assigned Digital Square country implementation activities and provide support to regional digital health networks
Supervise and/or advise Digital Square team on best practices for country implementation projects as they relate to the technical and programmatic work products
Provide technical oversight and/or management of engagements and support to regional networks, including directing capacity-building hack-a-thons and training workshops
Technical Leadership

Represent Digital Square as a technical leader to external stakeholders at technical meetings, conferences and workshops
Quality Assurance

Support the Digital Square program through, on occasion, providing technical quality assurance on global good deliverables. This may extend to technical reviews, documentation validation and or validating software development deliverables (as applicable to the global goods the role engages with)
Business Development

Support the Technical Director and team with development of concept notes and technical approaches for new buy-ins for both new and existing donors
Team Management

Oversee the day-to-day implementation and direction of technical team members which may include: global goods managers, program officers, and country based technical managers

Certifications and/or Licences

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Experience setting enterprise-level product visions and thinking through data standards and information exchanges across solutions
Credibly articulate expertise and experience in one or more of the following:
introduction and scaling of digital technology in low- and middle-income countries
application of digital technology to strengthen health systems and services
Have deep familiarity with open source global goods and the digital health landscape
Experience working with and leading a diverse team of geographically distributed employees with multiple perspectives (think global coalitions, associations, or working groups) to set strategies and execute them successfully
Experience managing a large pool of contractors through a changing donor landscape and evolving global priorities
Experience in managing and being accountable for managing complex contracting mechanisms within the field of Digital Health and/or with large scale programs funded by bi- and/or multi-lateral donor agencies such as USAID, GIZ, the UN, and others
Willingness and ability to travel globally up to 33% of the time .

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Job Details

Date Posted:

11 November 2019

Employment Type:

Full-time contract

Job Function:


Required Education:

Bachelor or equivalent

Required Languages:


Work Experience:

More than 10 years






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