Project Director – Global Projects, UNITAID HIV Self Testing Africa (STAR) Phase III Needed at Jhpiego – John Hopkins University

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Job title : Project Director – Global Projects, UNITAID HIV Self Testing Africa (STAR) Phase III

Job Location : Abuja

Deadline : July 02, 2021

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Position Reports to: Country Director

Overview

  • Project Director needs to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of an upcoming UNITAID–funded HIV project expanding HIV self-testing in Nigeria. In Nigeria, STAR has supported the Government of Nigeria to develop and adapt policy guidelines for the adoption of HIV self-testing and support for the integration of HIV self-testing within the existing health care systems.
  • Project Director will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management of and reporting on STAR-Nigeria program activities, making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and program quality and integrity and serving as the program’s first point of interface with UNITAID and PSI on routine and strategic matters in Nigeria. This includes ensuring effective organizational management and communication interacting with other projects, Government of Nigeria stakeholders at the national, state, and LGA levels, community and local stakeholder groups, other international implementing partners, and USG and other agencies.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of UNITAID STAR -Nigeria, including achievement of project goals, objectives and target.
  • Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with the Jhpiego UNITAID STAR Management and Technical team, and Global UNITAID STAR leadership team (as needed), and Global Fund, PEPFAR, implementing partners, and government entities at federal, state, and LGA levels
  • Ensure that program is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the Nigerian government, its people and donors
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships and alliances with UNITAID, Global Fund, PEPFAR, the Nigerian Ministry of Health, National Agenda for the Control of AIDS (NACA), as well as other USG implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Nigeria to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
  • Establish functional routine management and oversight processes among the UNITAID STAR-Nigeria leadership team to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation, including close oversight and direction for site-level technical assistance and service delivery
  • Ensure timely reporting of any project challenges, adverse events, or other management issues requiring engagement with the UNITAID-STAR global management and technical team
  • In collaboration with the project program and finance team, develop the UNITAID STAR-Nigeria workplan, budget, and other deliverables; and ensure performance indicators and targets are met, as well as timely completion of activities against workplan deadlines
  • Work closely with strategic information (SI) staff to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks and to ensure timely reporting and use of program data to improve performance
  • Contribute to monthly and quarterly progress reports, including narrative summary of activities accomplished and financial report
  • Participate in national HIV testing technical working group and other relevant technical advisory groups with counterparts and partner institutions
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Contribute to NPD processes and occasionally provide supports to other Jhpiego projects as necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred.
  • Previous experience serving as COP or DCOP
  • 5 -10 years’ experience managing large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $2 mil per year) that have implemented successful activities in areas of HIV prevention, care and/or treatment working with PEPFAR funding
  • Understanding of the Nigerian (or similar) social and political context and developments in the health sector
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, the private sector and other donors.
  • In-depth knowledge of HIV-funded projects, regulations, compliance and reporting
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative, strategic thinking, organizational and team-building skills.
  • Strong relationship and working experience with government institutional bodies such as: NACA, NASCP, RHTWG and other departments in the FMOH will be highly desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 30% time
  • Ability and willingness to learn and empower others
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, presentation skills
  • Result-oriented and comfortable with a team approach to programming
  • Strong skills and experience in all aspects of program cycle management – design and development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

How to Apply for this Offer

Interested and qualified candidates should send their updated CV to: [email protected] using “Project Director, STAR III Abuja” as the subject of the email.

Note:

  • CV and Cover Letter as ONE SINGLE WORD document
  • The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you are applying for.
  • Candidates that do not comply with the application instruction will be disqualified.
  • Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply
  • We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview
  • Any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • There will be travel requirements and opportunities within Nigeria.
  • JHU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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