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Sr. Technical Advisor - Workforce Development & Instructional Design

About the Role

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Global Health - I-TECH has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Workforce Development and Instructional Design (STA-WFD).

I-TECH is a Center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work in partnership with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners. I-TECH supports development of skilled work forces and overall health systems strengthening with a focus on sustainability and transition to local ownership. As reflected in the I-TECH Diversity Statement, I-TECH is committed to being anti-racist and promotes health and equity in health for all people worldwide.

The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Workforce Development and Instructional Design (STA-WFD) will apply technical expertise and leadership to support workforce development and instructional design across several program activities as part of the INSIGHT program. The goal of the INSIGHT program is to strengthen global outbreak response, pandemic preparedness, and populations health functions through integrated surveillance systems development across human, animal and environmental health sectors.

This position helps to manage a comprehensive health portfolio that includes interventions to strengthen public health informatics; efforts to address health care worker challenges in the government sector which remains a threat to effective health programs; provision of technical assistance and capacity building to help the ministries of health develop sustainable programs that are country-owned and country-driven.

Key Responsibilities Include:

Instructional Design & Training Implementation: (40%)
• Develop, adapt, and review curricula, study guides, training materials and training tools in support of project objectives.
• Plan, manage, and monitor the curriculum development process.
• Manage content experts, subject matter experts and other curriculum developers to assist in the ongoing development & revision of curriculum products.
• Liaise with stakeholders to provide technical expertise in workforce development.
• Identify processes to ensure that curricula and training programs receive final national approval.
• Review and edit curricula and other training documents in preparation for dissemination.
• Evaluate pilot trainings as an evaluator and make changes to courses as necessary.
• Facilitate trainings to a wide range of audiences, including training of trainers.
• Develop training reports and review data and ensure that this information is used to improve the quality of training content.

Program Management & Strategic Direction (30%)
• Leads workforce development efforts, providing technical expertise as regards capacity strengthening, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to key governmental and non-governmental partners.
• Lead annual workforce develop strategic planning with team to determine shifts in programming, positioning for future opportunities, and set goals for workforce development across the country teams.
• Lead grant writing efforts related to workforce development activities to diversify funding.
• Maintains and monitors work plans associated with Workforce Development.
• Leads workforce development initiatives, including vetting subject matter experts, conducting training needs assessments, facilitating participatory stakeholder engagement.
• Supervise instructional design staff.

Program Design (10%)
• Collaborate with technical staff on the team to identify technical assistance needs, assure a response to these needs, and link to network-wide initiatives and resources.
• Research, conduct, and summarize literature reviews to inform and influence program design activities.
• As needed, develop and monitor HQ-based consulting agreements including well-defined scope of work, deliverables, and compensation terms. Recruit, hire, evaluate, and discharge consultants to help meet training program needs.
• As needed, assist with recruitment and hiring of in-country staff positions, including development of job descriptions, interview questions, and screening tools.

Reporting & Knowledge Sharing (10%)
• Collaborate on publications for peer reviewed journals aligned to inclusive publication practices
• Develop and revise reports, effectively conveying program achievements and challenges to funders, country teams, local governments, and other stakeholders
• Participate in preparation of progress reports to funders.
• Develop and deliver reports and presentations effectively conveying best practices and novel methodologies.
• Contribute to the documentation and knowledge sharing of program results through reports, articles, conference posters, web postings, and presentations.
• Orient, coach, and mentor less-experienced professional staff in technical areas related to training program and curriculum design and implementation.

Monitoring & Evaluation (10%)
• Support the development of monitoring and evaluation plans and tools for specific I-TECH projects.
• Develop, implement and analyze needs assessments and training evaluations.
• In collaboration with team, develop, track and report on program progress, outputs, and outcomes consistent with adopted logic models and indicators.

• A Master's Degree in Public Health or related field is required, AND ten years work professional experience in planning and managing training programs related to health systems strengthening and capacity strengthening initiatives or equivalent experience.
• At least five years of experience supervising the work of consultants or other staff.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• Experience conducting trainings in lower and middle-income countries.
• Ability to exercise good judgment and decision-making.
• Excellent writing and editing skills including cross cultural communication skills.
• Commitment to building personal and organizational capacity.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate between colleagues with a variety of cultural
backgrounds in a respectful and diplomatic manner.
• Strong initiative, ability to develop and carry out work plans, and demonstrated skills for
solving problems independently.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Advanced experience in instructional design.

This full-time 100% position is based at the I-TECH offices at the UW in Seattle. The STA - WFD requires up to 30% travel to countries that often lack adequate public health and safety infrastructure. Travelers must be prepared to follow the UW and US government recommended precautions and prophylaxis for travel safety and disease prevention. The STA - WFD requires frequent participation in early morning and late evening telephone conference calls in order to accommodate time zone differences between Seattle and its country project sites. I-TECH operates within a grant-funded environment. Due to this, the total amount of this position’s FTE may fluctuate based on program funding and needs.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Employees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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