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Health Program Technical Director

Published on 13.04.2023


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Position : Health Program Technical Director


Jhpiego seeks a Health Program Technical Director to support an anticipated five-year, multi-country, PEPFAR/CDC-funded project to strengthen the capacity of host-country governments and non- governmental organizations to sustainably combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.  The primary objective of this project is to support countries to sustain low levels of HIV incidence while supporting greater ownership and management of projects. The Health Program Technical Director will have the overall responsibility of leading the design and implementation of programs to advance the CDC’s goal of transitioning local PEPFAR and other health partners to direct awards. They will regularly work with PEPFAR stakeholders and local institutions to develop individual, organizational and systems learning initiatives that best position local organizations to assume leadership as prime implementing partners, MEL, and award management activities. The position will oversee the technical work of Jhpiego staff and resource partners in target countries.  

The Health Program Technical Director will be based in one of Jhpiego’s country-based offices in sub-Saharan Africa and international travel will be required. This position is contingent upon award by the donor and funding through PEPFAR’s 2-year Country Operational Plan process.  


  • Provide leadership and strategic design and direction to ensure programmatic integrity and technical guidance to PEPFAR-funded national implementing partners (non-governmental and governmental) including (but not limited to) the following topics:
  • Improving health equity, and reducing treatment gaps for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), children and youth, and key populations (KPs);
  • Implementing policies and programs for sustainable HIV epidemic control and other public health emergencies, including health workforce development, disease surveillance, detection, response and control of public health emergencies;
  • Working with national stakeholders to ensure treatment programming is led by high-performing KP-led community organizations
  • Expanding and strengthening quality improvement efforts for care and treatment and prevention programming
  • Working with national stakeholders to utilize PEPFAR data to identify health equity gaps
  • Collaborating with project colleagues to support project management and finance/ administrative support as needed
  • Ensure the project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of national partners, stakeholders and donor
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with CDC, local implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
  • Manage and continually expand Jhpiego’s global network of country offices, consultants, provider organizations, and other organizational partners and PEPFAR-focused implementing partners
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Provide technical leadership, assistance and training to ministry of health, multilateral/bilateral agencies, private sector and existing and prospective implementing partners and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions related to the following topics:
  • Administer and oversee local organizational partner assessments and capacity strengthening action plans that are tailored to project and partner needs.
  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to donor
  • Mentor, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and consultants and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results
  • Work with the Project Director to ensure compliance with the terms of the award
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets over the course of the program activities
  • Frequent international travel to support buy-in countries (up to 50%)
Required profile for job ad : Health Program Technical Director

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in public health or a related field
  • 10+ years' experience successfully managing large, multi-year international health sector development projects that have implemented successful activities related to capacity development for government and non-governmental organizations.
  • Experience designing and leading organizational capacity development activities for donor-funded projects in the field of public health
  • Experience implementing PEPFAR programs, ideally in more than one country.
  • Strong working familiarity with CDC regulations and policies. Understanding of USG localization policies and tools
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out
  • Experience recruiting and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with CDC, host-country counterparts and NGOs and CSOs
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices in capacity building to specific project contexts
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English is required
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient in additional language (Kiswahili, French, Portuguese)
Job criteria for job ad : Health Program Technical Director
Job category :
Health and social professions
Industries :
Social, public and human services
Employment type :
Permanent contract - Fixed-term contract
Region :
Eastern Province - Kigali Province - Northern Province - Southern Province - Western Province - International
Experience level :
More than 10 years
Educational level :
Key Skills :
public health
Number of Position(s) : 1
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