ICAP at Columbia University works with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) in Sierra Leone to support a broad health systems strengthening portfolio, with support from the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). ICAP supports MOHS by providing technical assistance and building capacity for: quality improvement (QI) programs and policies; routine monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and quality assurance (QA); program evaluations; and health workforce development, including pre-service education, in-service training, and support for training institutions and professional councils. These activities address many key health threats in Sierra Leone, including infection prevention and control (IPC), malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, immunization, and others.
Reporting to ICAP’s Country Director in Sierra Leone, the Technical Director is responsible for the strategic technical direction, day-to-day activities and overall performance of the technical (program) team. S/he will support the clinical, training, M&E, and research elements of ICAP’s activities in Sierra Leone. The Technical Director will oversee a team whose activities include: training and capacity improvement in QI, QA, M&E, program evaluation, and health workforce development. Under the guidance of the Country Director, s/he will also be responsible for strategic planning, liaising with partners and stakeholders, and representing ICAP in technical working groups and other fora with Sierra Leone Government representatives and donors.
- Oversees the technical aspects of the various projects implemented by ICAP in Sierra Leone and actively pursues opportunities for new projects and initiatives.
- Manages the development, review and finalization of quarterly and annual project work plans; monitors progress towards targets and addresses bottlenecks in meeting project milestones.
- Defines, develops, executes and continually updates the strategic plan for the Technical Team. Adjusts strategic goals, work plans and operations as projects are added to and/or completed in ICAP’s portfolio.
- Coordinates the design and implementation of assessments, program reviews and evaluation activities, and contributes to the development of research protocols and IRB applications, in collaboration with ICAP New York.
- Oversees the development of training materials, job aids, tools, and SOPs, produced by a team of clinicians and research staff.
- Directs the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of a technical team of clinicians and research professionals to implement program activities.
- Makes periodic site visits to regional programs and supported sites to provide oversight, supervision, and technical assistance in clinical issues.
- Ensures coordination of clinical activities, ensuring consistency with funder and ICAP objectives while avoiding duplication of efforts. Develops collaborative relationships with technical focal points at governmental bodies and external organizations in order to meet mutual goals.
- Represents ICAP before Sierra Leone government officials and partner organizations.
- Works with the Country Director to coordinate provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and identifies and solicits technical resources from different departments within the country office and ICAP Headquarters.
- Supports the development and management of sub-agreements by drafting scopes of work and monitoring progress of contract deliverables and expenses if applicable.
- Actively participates in the development of annual continuation applications, grant proposals, presentations, publications, reports and abstracts.
- Coordinate capacity building sessions for technical staff to ensure optimal capacity development (webinars- journal clubs) for ICAP staff
- As a member of ICAP’s Senior Management Team, the Technical Director participates in strategic decision making for the general management of the organization.
- Performs other related duties as directed.
- Medical background degree required (MD, BSc, RN);
- In addition, a Master’s in public health preferred.
EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Minimum five (5) years of experience in managing public health programs in areas such as HIV, TB, and maternal child health in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Strong supervisory and management skills for leading teams of clinicians and other public health professionals.
- Prior clinical research, program evaluation and strategic information experience.
- Experience with supervising clinical staff, designing projects; prioritizing and set realistic work plans and timelines; and evaluate work plan progress appropriately.
- Experience liaising with Ministries of Health, donors, and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience working independently.
- Strong problem-solving skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Knowledge of USG rules and regulations strongly preferred.
- Previous work in Sierra Leone preferred.
- Experience designing and implementing QI projects preferred.
- Travel (up to 10%) within Sierra Leone may be required.
- International travel (up to 5%) may be required