Program Director - Blantyre

Project Concern International (PCI), Blantyre, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st March, 2019


Job Description

PCI is currently seeking a Program Director (PD) for an anticipated Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in Malawi. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the program contributes towards reaching the HIV epidemic control within the target population through case-finding, scale-up of interventions along the continuum of care and treatment for those infected with HIV and reducing the number of new HIV infections among members of the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and the surrounding communities served by the MDF health services during the life of the project. The program is anticipated to be three years in duration.

Reporting to the PCI/Malawi Country Director, the PD is responsible for the leadership, vision and implementation of the project, and provides overall technical and administrative supervision to the project. The PD will represent the project and coordinate with key stakeholders (including DoD, MDF, MOH, Faith-Based Organizations, and others) and lead preparation and oversight of any subcontracts, as needed. Additionally, the PD will be responsible for communications with DoD, for publicly representing the project, and for liaising with the Malawi DoD office, the MDF HIV coordinators, and other institutions/stakeholders on issues related to DHAPP. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing programs, financial, and administrative operations of USG/PEPFAR-funded programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership through vision, continuous improvement of quality, innovation and establishing a results-driven-management system.
  • Provide strategic oversight for all activities and ensure to cost-effectively achieve project objectives.
  • Establish a culture of evidence-based decision-making and data driven analytics through a well-developed monitoring and evaluation system.
  • With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans.
  • Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes.
  • Create or adapt management systems, including compliance with PCI standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
  • Ensure successful start-up, implementation and close-out of all project activities
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with donors, PCI international office, partners and local stakeholders
  • Develop and carry out a plan to increase the capacity of local partners to plan, coordinate, and implement program activities.
  • Assure financial controls, budget execution, and timely and adequate monitoring and reporting processes.
  • Define the project management structure and communication mechanisms with partners, PCI international office, and country project staff.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise new staff, as needed.
  • Manage overall project and project deliverables, including compliance with PCI and PEPFAR rules and regulations, ensure timeliness of monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
  • Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
  • Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
  • Actively engage in PCI’s effort to embed innovation and support the project team in doing so as well.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • Graduate degree in public administration, public health, or a related field required.
  • Minimum of 10-12 years of professional experience, with progressively increasing responsibility managing complex, multi-million-dollar public health or other related development projects.
  • Minimum of 7 years of senior management experience.
  • Experience managing complex, multimillion-dollar contracts and/or cooperative agreements funded by the US Government.
  • Demonstrated delivery of strong results in a PD role.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Relevant technical expertise in HIV prevention, HIV case-finding approaches, and evidence-based care and treatment models.
  • Demonstrated abilities in PEPFAR reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management, including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing/mentoring staff.
  • Excellent analytical and self-motivation skills; excellent advocacy and persuasion skills; able to think critically.
  • Strong financial management abilities.
  • Fluency (verbal and written) in English; Chichewa a plus.
  • Interested Parties: Only finalists will be contacted. PCI is an equal opportunity employer.

About Project Concern International:

Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community health and integrated development worldwide. PCI is headquartered in San Diego, CA, and currently operates in 16 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Sectoral focus areas include: health and nutrition; water and sanitation; food and livelihood security; humanitarian assistance and disaster risk management; and disease prevention and mitigation.

Job Location

Blantyre, Malawi
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular


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