Project Director

Management Sciences for Health, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th October, 2018

Job Description


MSH is seeking a Project Director for a potential five-year CDC project ‘Improving Laboratory Capacity and Quality in the Scale-up of HIV Diagnosis, Care, Treatment, and Monitoring in Malawi under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)’. The goal of the project is to strengthen the lab capacity and quality to achieve measurable outcomes that directly contribute to the achievement and maintenance of HIV epidemic control in Malawi.

Specific Responsibilities

The Project Director is responsible for achieving required project results through effective project planning and management, technical advising, administration and oversight, monitoring and evaluation and donor relationship management. S/he will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the project and will work closely with the designated CDC staff, the home office based support staff, the MOH, and other local partners. S/he ensures project implementation progresses as planned, serves as the principal interlocutor with CDC and the Government of Malawi and ensures the program meets stated goals and reporting requirements.

The Project Director serves as the representative of the project and will be the point of contact in Malawi for all purposes of this project, unless delegations of authority are presented to and agreed by the CDC CTO.

The Project Director also serves as lead technical advisor for the project. Priorities of the project are:

  • over 95% of patients have a VL/EID taken and acted upon;
  • use of QA/QI processes to monitor performance;
  • build the TB/HIV laboratory capacity improves the TB/HIV diagnostic;
  • ensure 90% of molecular laboratories reach ISO laboratory accreditation;
  • build laboratory capacity for HIV co-morbidities including NCDs;
  • support laboratory capacity in surveillance.

Qualifications and Experience

Required Minimum Education:

  • Master’s in laboratory science, infectious diseases, microbiology, public health or an equivalent field.

Required Minimum Experience:

  • Ten (10) years post-qualification experience working in a laboratory setting of which five (5) years must have been in a senior laboratory management position.
  • Experience working in/with PEPFAR programs. Experience working with WHO, GFATM, CHAI and other key agencies in Malawi is an advantage.
  • Experience with setting up and implementing laboratory information systems.
  • Familiarity with and experience in implementing local and national laboratory quality assurance and accreditation systems, including the ISO accreditation standards and accreditation process.
  • Familiarity with and substantial experience of providing technical assistance to Ministries of Health and their laboratories supporting the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of HIV/AIDS, TB in developing countries.
  • Extensive experience working in Public Health Laboratory service delivery in Malawi.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership and management abilities.
  • Ability to lead and guide strategy development with the MOH, manage technical implementation of proposed project initiatives, as well as ability to supervise, mentor and coach project and government staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of the health care delivery systems and structures in Malawi.
  • Knowledge and recent experience in management and evaluation of current and new technologies, with particular reference to those required for scale-up of HIV programs to reach the 90-90-90 targets to help end the epidemic and Tuberculosis as per the End TB strategy.
  • Knowledge of and experience in laboratory capacity building, monitoring and supervision.
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Excel.
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills in English are required.

Physical Requirements:

  • May require periodic trips to partner’s sites for mentorship, supervision, conferences and/or off site meetings within Malawi.
  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


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