Senior Program Officer, Noncommunicable Diseases (9559)

PATH, DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th August, 2019


Job Description

Please include a cover letter with your resume describing your interest in the position and how you meet the qualifications.

PATH is currently recruiting for a Senior Program Officer to join the NCD program team in the Washington DC, Nairobi or Geneva offices. Other locations will be considered.

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.

PATH's Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Program is an exciting program at PATH that has been growing steadily and gaining momentum over the last three years (http://www.path.org/our- work/noncommunicable-diseases.php). Our goal is to improve access to prevention, screening, and care for NCDs and we target diabetes, hypertension, breast, and cervical cancers.

The successful candidate will be a key contributor to the PATH NCD portfolio as well as support PATH’s work in their role as secretariat to The Coalition for Access to NCD medicines and products.

Responsibilities:

The Coalition:

The Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines & Products, founded in 2017, is dedicated to increasing access to medicines and health products for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to reduce the impact of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Coalition brings together governments, the private sector, philanthropic and academic institutions, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to tackle barriers countries face in the quantification, distribution, and rational use of needed NCD medicines and products.
The Coalition has four areas of emphasis: capacity building, supply chain strengthening, finance and costing, and advocacy. Our efforts are aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s target of 80 percent availability of the affordable basic technologies and essential medicines—including generics—required to treat major NCDs in both public and private facilities. PATH serves as the Coalition Secretariat.

The Coalition for Access to NCD Medicines and Products:

  • Augments selected global initiatives through technical guidance and data, harmonization of efforts enhancing efficiency and return on investment, and establishing a common framework to measure success.
  • Strengthens supply chain and health systems as needed to increase access to affordable quality assured NCD EMPs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • Influences policy change at global and national levels to establish an enabling environment for NCD supply security.

Fosters cross-sectoral collaboration to improve access to affordable NCD EMPs. Specific Coalition Responsibilities include:

  • Lead cross-sectoral collaboration across Coalition members.
  • Manage Coalition growth and execution of strategy.
  • Coordinate scheduling, convening and reporting on Coalition related conference calls and/or meetings;
  • Develop reports for technical committees, working groups and steering committee on global events/publications relevant to availability of NCD essential medicines and technologies;
  • Manage the Coalition website and knowledge sharing amongst members;
  • Identify and recruit new Coalition and TAC members;
  • Monitor and report on Coalition finances, including membership dues;
  • Support Coalition Workstream Leads to conduct agreed upon activities;
  • Support development and management of PATH NCD portfolio
  • Develop communication tools, presentations, background information and reports;
  • Contribute to the preparation and review of reports, publications, proposals, and others, as required;
  • Represent PATH and the Coalition in international conferences, if as required Specific NCD Portfolio responsibilities include:
  • New business development, especially proposal writing.
  • Project planning and management of existing or new projects.
  • Project monitoring and evaluation
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with partnering organizations

Required skills and experience:

  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in non-communicable diseases programs in/for developing countries.
  • Solid technical knowledge of supply chain strengthening
  • Solid technical knowledge of diabetes and / or cardiovascular disease - preferred.
  • Ability to adapt and work under various working conditions.
  • Strong organizational and management skills, e.g., setting priorities and completing tasks on time and on budget.
  • Experience supporting of leading coalitions of diverse stakeholders across sectors including the private sector.
  • Must have experience working for or collaborating with government ministries, local and national
  • NGOs, and/or multilateral agencies.

Solid technical knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • New business development, especially proposal writing.
  • Strong project planning and management capability.
  • Skilled in project monitoring and evaluation techniques
  • Ability to develop and maintain close and effective relationships with partnering organizations at local, national, and international levels.
  • Proven effectiveness working in a team-based environment, but capable also of managing one’s own time.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally estimated at 20% of the time.
  • Masters degree in public health, health policy, or similar; with medical or nursing background preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Commitment to increasing the profile of NCDs in the global health field.

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States, Kenya, or Switzerland.

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, gender identity or orientation, 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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