Project Director

Project Director

Jhpiego - John Hopkins University

Lusaka, Zambia

Overview

Jhpiego seeks a Project Director for an HIV program funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide technical assistance (TA) for all aspects of HIV service delivery in specific Provinces in Zambia. The project will support Zambia’s national goals of attaining 95-95-95 and other HIV-related targets. The project will provide TA through training, mentorship, advice, and direct support to staff at the provincial, district, facility, and community levels to enable them to undertake and implement evidence-based activities. This will be done in collaboration with other partners in the implementation of HIV/AIDS/TB programs. The project will provide technical support to existing and potentially new HIV service delivery points to ensure quality patient care for optimal patient level outcomes in an effort to meet National and PEPFAR goals and targets. The scope of work will include HIV prevention, treatment, laboratory, and clinical monitoring, and adherence support and retention for all HIV populations, including key and priority populations (KP/PP) in Zambia.

The Project Director is responsible for providing leadership and overall strategic direction, and ensuring the technical and programmatic integrity of the TA project, working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) at both the national and provincial levels, CDC, and other PEPFAR implementing partner delivering HIV/AIDS/TB services. The Project Director will provide leadership in managing relationships with MOH counterparts, development of annual workplans and budgets, and ensuring project activities align with project, MOH, PEPFAR, and CDC strategies. The project will work across HIV prevention, treatment, laboratory, clinical monitoring, and adherence support and retention for all populations at-risk-of and living with HIV, including key and priority populations (KP/PP). The Project Director represents Jhpiego to donors and partners, supervises technical advisors and project management staff, and reports to the Jhpiego Country Director. This position is contingent upon award from CDC.

Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership to establish and pursue a result-oriented technical assistance strategy to achieve MOH and PEPFAR targets;
  • Oversee Deputy Project Director and team of high-capacity monitoring and evaluation and technical advisors responsible for ensuring quality of technical assistance in HIV case finding and linkage, prevention, treatment, laboratory, and clinical monitoring, and adherence support, retention, and viral suppression for all persons at-risk-of or living with HIV, including key and priority populations (KP/PP);
  • Ensure interventions supported by strategic technical assistance are evidence- and best-practice-based and aligned with project, MOH, CDC, and PEPFAR goals and technical priorities;
  • Ensure capacity building utilizes best practices in mentorship and training, with a focus on building skills and capacity of local organizations and MOH for sustainability of HIV outcomes and activities beyond the project period;
  • Ensure programs are designed to be patient- and client-centered, that they meet the needs of different population types, including key and priority populations;
  • Provides strategic leadership to the annual work planning process in close collaboration with MOH, CDC, project team, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Guide the development of an effective M&E system that responds to service delivery outcomes delivered by MOH or other partners, and technical assistance outcomes for the project, and that consolidates and verifies project results in line with CDC and PEPFAR reporting requirements;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with MOH at national, provincial, and district levels necessary implement project strategies and activities;
  • Oversee project team based in Lusaka headquarters, provincial, and district locations;
  • Ensure project staff understand their role on the project team and organize support from technical, programmatic and administrative teams required to fulfill their role successfully;
  • Recruit, hire, mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in concert with project goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results;
  • Participate in relevant advisory and/or working groups with counterparts and partner institutions;
  • Represent Jhpiego and project in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations;
  • Write and/or review technical and project management components of materials and publications;
  • Ensure resources for program implementation are available on time to allow for seamless program implementation and reimbursement for goods/services performed
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets;
  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff in Baltimore and Washington, DC to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation that also aligns with Jhpiego guidance, quality standards, and technical and program priorities;
  • Ensure technical compliance with PEPFAR and CDC rules and regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree in public health, infectious disease, laboratory science, health administration, or other relevant advanced degree; doctoral degree, clinical degree, or other terminal degree is desirable;
  • 10+ years project management experience for large, multi-year international health sector development programs that have implemented successful activities in HIV
  • Demonstrated strong technical and programmatic knowledge and experience in the following areas:
    • HIV testing services and linkage including index testing and HIV self-testing; HIV prevention services including VMMC and PrEP;
    • HIV treatment, care, and adherence support for people living with HIV;
    • Viral load testing and suppression;
    • PMTCT and support for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV; tuberculosis (TB) testing, treatment, and prevention;
    • Laboratory systems strengthening and service delivery, and cohort recording and reporting.
  • Familiarity with human centered-design approaches; ability to describe best practices for delivering patient- and client-centered care and reaching specific target populations including key and priority populations, men, adolescents, and pregnant and breastfeeding women;
  • Familiarity with adult learning and mentorship strategies, policy development, and group facilitation practices; ability to describe best practices for capacity building and training and demonstrated leadership building capacity of local organizations;
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse population types, including key and priority populations; ability to identify unique needs of key populations and best strategies for reaching them;
  • Ability to describe HIV program data collection and reporting requirements, to critically analyze program data and use program data to inform future directions;
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with PEPFAR programs, regulations, compliance and reporting;
  • Significant networking and partnership building skills, including ability to communicate and build mutually beneficial relationships with leaders in health and development fields;
  • Strong understanding of integration and multi-sectorial approaches to project management and implementation;
  • Enthusiasm for supporting national systems and building capacity to achieve sustainable transition of service delivery activities at the end of the project period;
  • Excellent administrative management, program, organizational, and financial management skills;
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities;
  • Experience developing conference abstracts and publishing manuscripts based on program data is favorable;
  • Ability to be the primary face of the project to the Donor and Other Partners, and must have the ability to present and communicate the project to all stakeholders for easy understanding;
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Has strong decision-making skills;
  • A strong team player with ability to work with a very diverse group of people in a multi-national environment;
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform;
  • Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software programs (Microsoft Office);
  • Fluent in written and spoken English;
  • Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills;
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally 25% of the time.

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