International Public Health Specialist


Reporting to the Director of International Programs, the International Public Health Specialist (IPHS) will be the primary technical resource for Mercy-USA’s health and nutrition programs worldwide. The IPHS will be primarily responsible for: 1) developing and overseeing these programs in collaboration with country program health and nutrition managers; 2) ensuring that these programs adhere to best practices and address target community needs; 3) seeking and securing institutional donor support; 4) monitoring program implementation progress and evaluating the impact of the organization’s health and nutrition interventions.

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is an international non-governmental relief and development organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient.

Incorporated in the State of Michigan in 1988, Mercy-USA’s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.  Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Mercy-USA has offices and field staff in 8 countries overseas and implementing partners in a few other countries.


  • Assist in implementing Mercy-USA’s health and nutrition programs worldwide by bringing strong leadership, experience, skills, and innovative ways/means to strengthen and complement them.
  • Serve as a technical backstop/resource for all of Mercy-USA’s health and nutrition programs and grants.
  • Assist in accurately and positively representing and promoting Mercy-USA among all stakeholders (including governmental and non-governmental entities, UN agencies, USAID, foundations, etc.); thus continually identifying, cultivating and maintaining relationships that leverage and increase the visibility of Mercy-USA programs for potential grant funding.
  • Seek and successfully secure new awards and grants from funding agencies ensuring continuous growth of Mercy-USA’s health and nutrition programs.
  • Prepare and review health and nutrition project reports to grantors.
  • Assist in ensuring alignment of Mercy-USA health and nutrition programs with the organization’s mission and strategic and operational plans.
  • Lead Mercy-USA efforts in developing the health and nutrition annual work plan and programs (including their budget) with pre-approval from senior HQ management and assist country offices in implementing approved activities, ensuring the implemented programs are successfully completed on-time, within budget and with the highest quality results and desired impact.
  • Ensure adequate and effective follow-up, monitoring and evaluation systems are in place to guarantee success of Mercy-USA health and nutrition programs
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate checks and controls are in place for best means/ways to successfully manage all financial and human resources of the health and nutrition programs.
  • Contribute to the effectiveness and comprehensiveness of primary health care, mother and child health, infectious disease control, and nutrition programs through technical assistance, staff development and institutional learning.
  • Serve as the primary source of health technical support for designated Mercy-USA country programs and interface between the field staff in the designated countries and Mercy-USA HQ.
  • Provide timely and adequate technical support to designated country health and nutrition programs, including guidance on overall health and nutrition program planning, assessments, project/program design, assistance in fundraising, grant/award applications and management, project monitoring and evaluation, and service quality monitoring and improvement.
  • Serve as Mercy-USA HQ’s primary health and nutrition liaison with country program management (primarily health and nutrition program managers). This may require a few visits a year to the supported country programs in addition to periodic tele-meetings and regular reports.
  • Support designated countries in the recruitment of senior health and nutrition team members.
  • Contribute to the development of field staff through training, mentoring, and other guidance.
  • Assist country health and nutrition teams to document and share lessons learned and best practices for institutional learning and improvement.
  • Serve as a focal resource for Mercy-USA HQ for information on designated country health programs, particularly for external communications, outreach and fundraising purposes.
  • Represent Mercy-USA in academic forums, donor meetings, inter-agency working groups, and various global/regional forums as assigned by senior HQ management.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by senior HQ management.


  • Education: Master‘s degree in Public Health.
  • Work Experience: 1-3 years of experience in public health, including preferable experience working in developing countries as a health and nutrition specialist in a humanitarian setting.
  • Experience applying for and managing grants with USAID, UN, and/or other bilateral and multilateral donor institutions is preferred.
  • Technical Knowledge and Experience: Demonstrated technical knowledge and/or experience in more than one of the following areas: primary health care, MCH, nutrition, health systems’ strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, as well as demonstrated capacity in project design, proposal development and grant management.
  • Team work: Able to work with remote, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent oral, writing and presentation skills.
  • Training Skills: Able to transfer technical knowledge and skills.

Personal characteristics

The International Public Health Specialist should demonstrate competence in the following:

  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to respond to the health and nutrition needs of target communities.
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure own behavior and the behavior of others are consistent with these standards and align with the values of the organization.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Strong oral, writing and listening skills.
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Organize: Strong organizational skills, set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  • Plan: Set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problems.
  • Fluency in a second language is a plus
  • Passion for Mercy-USA’s mission

 Working Conditions:

  • The IPHS will work a minimum of 40 hours per week including travel (approximately 25% of the time may include travel).
  • The IPHS will work in an office environment at the organization’s headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan.

Excellent benefits, including competitive salary, health and other insurance, 401K plan and generous leave policy are more reasons that qualified candidates will want to work with our dedicated and professional team.

Please submit resume and cover letter to

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls.