Program Director/HIV Technical Lead


Jhpiego seeks a Program Director/HIV Technical Lead to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of an upcoming US Department of Defense (DOD)-funded clinical HIV/AIDS project, which includes HIV testing services, HIV treatment, TB, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services, clinical laboratory support, HIV clinical monitoring systems and military health system strengthening. The three-year project aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections and other sexually transmitted infections among members of the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC), their families and the civilian communities served by the FARDC health services and to support the continuum of care and treatment for those infected with HIV.

The Program Director will have overall responsibility for leadership and management of the project and reporting of project activities. S/he will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and project technical quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with DOD, the National AIDS Control Program (PNLS), and relevant stakeholders on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management, collaboration and communication with the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) and host country government at all levels, and international partners and agencies.

This position is contingent upon award from DOD. DRC nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsabilities :

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets ;
  • Ensure that project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of DRC, its people and donors ;
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the award ;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with DOD and FARDC, as well as other stakeholders ;
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors and other key stakeholders, through meetings, conferences, and presentations ;
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions ;
  • Collaborate with project team to build capacity around HIV treatment, TB, PMTCT, HIV testing, clinical laboratory support, HIV clinical monitoring systems, and health system strengthening ;
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with DOD, FARDC, and project team ;
  • Closely monitor progress towards PEPFAR –funded project targets, as well as national targets ;
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis and reporting of outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team ;
  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to the donor ;
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results ;
  • Write and/or review project materials and publications ;
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results ;
  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation ;
  • Ensure compliance with DOD operational policies and regulations.

Required qualifications : 

  • Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred ;
  • 7+ years of experience managing HIV care and treatment programs at a regional or national level, including planning, designing, implementing, mentoring, and evaluating and documenting results ;
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills in French and good written and oral communications skills in English ;
  • Strong technical and programmatic knowledge and experience in the following areas: HIV testing and linkage to care, HIV treatment, TB, PMTCT, , clinical laboratory support, routine viral load testing, HIV clinical monitoring systems, and health system strengthening ;
  • Demonstrated capabilities in institutional capacity building and experience in working effectively with district, provincial and national government authorities ;
  • Experience in coordinating and collaborating with a broad set of stakeholders, including multi-lateral and international donors and local and international NGOs ;
  • Previous experience working in DRC, with intimate understanding of local health system and HIV gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies ;
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs ;
  • In-depth knowledge of PEPFAR projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements ;
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills ;
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts ;
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination ;
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in technical staff ;
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office ;
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally 30%.

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