Program Director at Jhpiego

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University is implementing The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (GI), Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public


Program Director


  1. Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained project goals, objectives and targets.
  2. Ensure high-quality program implementation that is consistent with each country’s national health guidelines, protocols and standards.
  3. Ensure the initiatives for adolescent girls and young women, and the program layers are implemented in accordance with donor and global guidance and based on the landscape analysis and country action plans completed in Phase 1.
  4. Ensure implementation district(s) have focused and targeted implementation plans, with the appropriate staffing complement to meet district level targets.
  5. Develop and maintain strong working relationships and alliances with the Ministry of Health (HIV & AIDS Department), Allied Ministries (e.g. Ministry of Gender, Disability, Children and Social Welfare), CDC, as well as other USG implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders to maximize resources, coordinate activities and avoid duplication of effort.
  6. Represent Jhpiego’s interests and present progress, achievements and lessons learned to key stakeholders and implementing partners in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations.
  7. Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets and provide oversight on core funding agreements.
  8. Facilitate the development of innovative project approaches and interventions.
  9. Advise national counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant technical working groups with counterparts and other implementing partners.
  10. Work collaboratively with other project team members to ensure necessary planning, development, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently.
  11. Supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in to ensure rapid and sustainable results.
  12. Ensure that local sub-partners, if applicable, perform according to their agreement and assist in enhancing their capacity to deliver with the project team. Responsible for representing the project and ensuring effective collaboration with the donor and Ministry of Health (MOH) to ensure alignment with their priorities.
  13. Provide updates on the progress made, direction, approaches and successes of the program to donor, MOH and partners and internally within Jhpiego.
  14. Foster a culture of use of data for decision making, and critical analysis of data to modify or scale up implementation approaches and modalities; ensure its application across all project interventions .

Required Qualifications

  1. Clinical background required (MD or nursing);
  2. Master’s degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field.
  3. Proven track record of leading and managing medium (more than US$1 million per year) USG-supported public health programs and budgets in developing countries
  4. Minimum 10 years’ experience in HIV prevention, care and/or treatment programs in one of the implementing countries;
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage large USG-supported public health projects and budgets.
  6. Experience in designing and managing complex HIV/AIDS prevention programs, with 8+ years of professional, progressively more responsible management experience of international public health program phases (design, implementation, monitor, reporting and financial management).
  7. Experience developing successful, replicable and sustainable programs in Eastern Africa
  8. Proven track record directing, motivating and managing a project team composed of technical experts and administrative staff.
  9. Ability to build capacity and collaboration between governmental and non-governmental partners and other project implementers.
  10. Understanding of the Global Fund’s regulations and compliance, reporting requirements, and health strategic framework.
  11. Experience in leading annual work plans, incorporating national Technical Working Groups directives, and collaborating on local action plans.
  12. Capacity for analyzing technical problems and issues that impede efforts to provide improved health care to populations; developing technical solutions to these problems/issues and assisting in the design of operational research that could yield appropriate solutions.
  13. Ability to work in a complex environment charged with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
  14. Proven leadership skills and expertise in strategic program planning, implementation and management.
  15. Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence.
  16. Excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills.
  17. A team player accustomed to building team capacity, delegating working teams and developing communities of learning among host-country partners and counterparts.
  18. Ability to travel unrestricted within internationally.

Preferred Qualifications
Proven track record of leading and managing AGYW/HIV projects preferred
Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Jhpiego promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. EEO is the Law

Method of Application

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