Director, Primary Health Care, Global Health Programs (9914)

PATH, Seattle, United States

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd April, 2020

Job Description

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

In 2019, PATH made an institutional commitment to primary health care (PHC) to more effectively contribute to the achievement of UHC and SDG goals. PATH brings together end-to-end product development, system innovation, and policy advocacy to help countries and multisector partners reimagine primary health care through a people-centered, data-driven approach that gives everyone a fair chance at health.

The PATH Primary Health Care (PHC) Program Leader will develop and oversee PATH’s overall PHC strategy and provide leadership to advance the quality of PATH’s PHC work across all of PATH’s programs. The PHC Program leader will also directly oversee the design and implementation of PATH’s PHC program, including its projects and organizational investments. The PHC program comprises a portfolio of programs that includes MNCH, nutrition, NCD, global health security, HSS, and health systems analytics, and works closely with other programs in PATH.

The Director, PHC has 4 main objectives:

  • Objective 1: Establish PATH’s PHC strategy and grow PATH capacity to implement strategy
  • Objective 2: Ensure high quality implementation of projects to strengthen PHC and achieve health impact
  • Objective 3: Generate new revenue for work in PHC
  • Objective 4: Position PATH as a global thought leader in PHC innovation


Provide overall leadership consistent with PATH’s mission, values, and policies. Serve as a member of PATH’s program leadership team, overseeing project leaders to develop and implement an expanding scope of PHC projects. Specifically:

  • Review and update PATH’s PHC strategy as required, based on the donor and stakeholder landscape.
  • Lead operationalization of the PHC strategy across PATH’s global and country programs.
  • Position PATH as a leader in PHC.
  • Provide leadership for business development by identifying and overseeing business development of new PHC-focused opportunities.
  • Hire and develop key talent for the program.
  • Serve as manager and mentor for project directors and management staff.
  • Provide leadership for project implementation and evaluation; review and approve all program reports and materials developed for public dissemination.
  • Ensure that the programs meet or exceed donor expectations of quality and delivery.
  • Ensure that all work complies with the highest standards of research ethics and medical science.


Work collaboratively within the other GHP global and country program leaders to:

  • Identify opportunities and develop cross-program teams and projects to implement opportunities that advance PATH’s PHC strategy.
  • Drive business development activities to create a diversified and sustainable portfolio.
  • Partner with PATH leaders to build cross-program PHC competencies in digitalization of PHC systems, measurement and data use for PHC strengthening, innovative service delivery models (including self-care and private sector engagement), policy and financing, and quality improvement. Participate in the development and evolution of the overall Global Health Programs portfolio and strategy.


  • Advance PATH’s “one-PATH” matrixed business model.
  • Develop and lead PATH-wide strategy implementation for PHC, leveraging existing projects, identifying new projects and ensuring integration of health systems work across the organization.
  • Represent the PHC program with internal PATH partners, engaging leaders, harnessing synergies and collaborative opportunities across the organization in building resilient programs positioned to leverage the dynamic donor and global landscape for greatest impact.
  • Model clear, open, and collaborative communication approaches in a dynamic environment.
  • Represent PATH externally, serving as a scientific expert and external representative for global advocacy and policy efforts and a liaison to key donors.
  • Lead the PHC Health Impact Team (HIT), informing bid decisions, project design, and quality assessments.
  • Build PATH capacity through development of cross-PATH collaborations and recruitment of new technical expertise, including at country level.
  • Model cultural and organizational agility internally and externally.

Required Experience

  • Advanced degree in medicine or public health.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible leadership roles in the design and/or delivery of public health programs, especially in the field of comprehensive PHC.
  • Enthusiasm for and demonstrated proficiency and success in business development, from building a pipeline of prospects through to managing partnerships; successful business development with USAID and/or the Gates Foundation is highly desirable.
  • Experience in managing relationships at global level with donors, multilateral organizations, the private sector, and philanthropy.
  • Experience in building relationships at country level with governments, multilaterals, private sector and philanthropy is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated people management skills with commitment to building a shared vision of the future, setting standards and managing individual and team performance across multiple country sites, and effectively managing/resolving conflict.
  • Proven ability to work with people with divergent points of view, mediate conflict and bring groups to a constructive resolution.
  • Excellent analytical skills and business acumen with the ability to deliver quality, high impact projects while providing value to donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative organizational structure that includes multi-site teams, partners and other collaborators.
  • Fluency in English required; working knowledge of other languages is an advantage.
  • Available to travel nationally and internationally estimated at 30 percent.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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