Technical Director Global Health and Organizational Development
Kaizen, a Tetra Tech Company (Kaizen) seeks candidates for full-time Technical Director positions with the Washington, DC home office team. Technical Directors at Kaizen serve as senior technical leaders of the work we do. The role has three functions. First, Technical Directors ensure our projects deliver innovative, efficient, and impactful development results. They work closely with project teams to develop innovative solutions, creatively navigate challenges, and ensure exceptional implementation. Second, they lead business development activities from identifying and prioritizing opportunities, to leading capture and research efforts, to designing and writing proposals. Third, Technical Directors serve as senior leaders at Kaizen helping us develop outside the box solutions to development challenges that combine multiple disciplines and models. In this role Technical Directors can initiate and execute strategic initiatives that improve operations, technical areas, culture, and other areas at Kaizen.
Successful Technical Directors at Kaizen typically have technical focus areas, but are dynamic, highly flexible, and energized by working across functional and sectoral boundaries. Much of Kaizen’s work integrates functional organizational development and localization approaches into sectors such as global health, education, democracy and governance, stability and transitions, economic growth, agriculture, security, and climate change.
Kaizen is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Kaizen implements projects both abroad and in the United States with partners such as USAID and the U.S. Department of State. Kaizen has an award-winning team that has been recognized three times by Fast Company Magazine for World Changing Ideas (2017, 2019, 2020), and was named USAID’s Small Business of the Year. Kaizen is led by a diverse group of leaders who have backgrounds leading development and private sector consulting companies. Their collective experience and vision provide a solid foundation for Kaizen’s continued rapid growth.
A team of creative and dedicated professionals drive the company’s success. Kaizen’s culture is energetic, collegial, and fun; and places strong emphasis on industry-leading performance at all levels. Team members thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment that is flexible and encourages innovation. Team members are rewarded for their performance including seeing the direct impact of their work on lives and communities around the world. Kaizen provides the right opportunity for professionals looking for a dynamic, creative, and energetic work environment with dedicated colleagues who thrive on our mission-driven work and making outsized impacts.
Scope and Objectives
Kaizen is seeking candidates for a Technical Director for Global Health & Organizational Development & Localization position to work in sync with the Washington, DC office – though they can be physically located nearly anywhere. The three most important cross-cutting capacities Kaizen is looking for are:
- Strengthening global health organizations and networks to function more effectively (i.e., Organizational Development)
- Supporting local global health organizations to improve technical and operational performance in achieving development objectives (i.e., Localization)
- Conceiving of, developing, and implementing innovative global health development approaches that achieve more impact and greater efficiency (i.e., Innovation)
Technical Directors who most enjoy working with Kaizen also have deep curiosity about new technical areas and are eager to stretch in new directions for proposals and projects.
The Technical Director will serve as a home office technical lead for a portfolio of work composed of current Kaizen projects and new ones that the Technical Director helps win. They will be an integral part of Kaizen’s core team and help the company win and implement important projects in the United States and abroad. Functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following.
Global Health Practice Development (in collaboration with Business Development team colleagues)
- Leading the implementation and continuous improvement of Tetra Tech’s strategy for growth in the global health sector
- Co-leading a team of colleagues partially dedicated to the development of our global health practice and supervising their activities
- Maintaining a robust pipeline of upcoming global health opportunities which Kaizen is pursuing and positioning Kaizen to compete effectively for those opportunities through such activities as
- Designing and directing local market research
- Leading effective, innovative technical activity design
- Securing partnerships with complementary international and local organizations
- Recruiting highly qualified personnel
- Designing, developing, and writing technical approaches for proposals
- Managing Kaizen’s relationships with organizations relevant to global health and cultivating Kaizen’s network of global health experts
- Contributing to Kaizen’s thought leadership in applying organizational development capacity to global health development challenges in innovative ways
- Recruiting global health and organizational development staff for the Kaizen home office
Activity Technical Direction (in collaboration with Project Management team colleagues)
- Serving as the home office technical lead for Kaizen prime and sub contracts in the US and abroad
- Providing technical instruction, guidance, and strategic direction to Kaizen personnel in the field, including Chiefs of Party on prime contracts and Kaizen staff working on subcontracts
- Providing technical oversight and quality control on project deliverables, workplans, and activities
- Serving as the senior point of contact in the home office for clients (e.g., USAID) of our field-based work
- Identifying and resolving any implementation or other challenges that may arise during project implementation
- Acting as a field-based Chief of Party based on project needs
- Liaising with project management staff to ensure full integration of Kaizen’s technical and administrative support
- Mentoring and supervising staff for a range of activities related to business development, project implementation, and other areas
- Initiating and managing internal Kaizen strategic initiatives such as strategy definition and process improvements
- Contributing to setting the strategic direction of Kaizen in coordination with other Technical Directors and Leadership
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor's degree
- At least seven years of progressive experience as a specialist delivering services at the intersection of global health and organizational development
- Demonstrated success playing a leading role in winning USAID contracts and/or grants
- Experience leading US government-funded projects internationally
- Experience living and working in developing country environments
- Exceptional written and spoken communication skills
- Fluent in both spoken and written English
- Masters degree or higher in public health, social sciences, international development, or a field related to organizational development (e.g., business administration, organizational behavior)
- Significant experience with health system strengthening, including such topics as human resource management; supply chain management; leadership and governance; program and financial planning and reporting; inter-institutional coordination; health information systems; and, engaging representatives of the host country government (at federal, state, community, and facility levels), civil society organizations, international development organizations, and NGOs
- Strong familiarity with the full range of USAID’s strategic priorities for global health, namely preventing child and maternal deaths (including family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, and nutrition), controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic (including PEPFAR), and combating infectious diseases (including malaria and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, pandemic influenza, and other global health security challenges)
- Deep knowledge of and appreciation for USAID’s localization strategy and demonstrated experience in strengthening leadership and management capacities of national and sub-national government health systems and strengthening capacities of NGO administrative and financial systems
- Fluency in one or more languages other than English
For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize career.place to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from career.place, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to career.place and proceed with the application. We do not currently use career.place for project positions outside of the United States.
At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.