Data.FI Country Director

  • Posted on 3 March 2020

Job Description

Data.FI Country Director

Palladium is currently seeking a Country Director, South Africa to support implementation of the Translating Data for Implementation (Data.FI) award. Data.FI is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Data.FI partners with PEPFAR programs to accelerate and sustain access to high-quality data to expedite HIV epidemic control and maintenance. Data.FI supports host country governments to enhance existing health information systems (HIS) and conduct in-depth analysis of HIV epidemiologic and program data to inform management responses to gaps in HIV and AIDS programming and sustain impact by supporting local partner transition.

This position is based in Pretoria. The term of this position is expected to be 18-months.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Provide overall technical and financial oversight for Data.FI South Africa;
  • Provide technical and managerial oversight to project partners and sub-contractors in collaboration with the Finance Manager;
  • Ensure the strategic and functional integration across all technical areas of the country workplan;
  • Meet contractual obligations, produce all project products, deliverables and targets, and achieve project results as specified by USAID/South Africa;
  • Oversee project planning, contribute technical expertise as necessary to ensure project implementation, with a focus on results and financial accountability for all project activities;
  • Establish quality control standards in-line with Data.FI and USAID standards;
  • Maintain strong, positive working relationships with host-country governments, Palladium colleagues, USAID Washington, USAID Missions, and partners, including but not limited to major subrecipients, local grantees, subcontractors, and local governments, to ensure effective implementation of project activities;
  • Provide strategic vision on program sustainability including strategies for building strong governance and local partner capacity;
  • Lead and advise on best governance principles, including ownership, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, integrity, and ethical standards; balance the interests of various stakeholders and supports participatory governance through multisectoral partnerships;
  • Build capacity of local partner organizations to increase ownership and sustainability of activities beyond the life of the project;
  • Represent project at national, regional, and global technical forums as required.

Reporting requirements

The role reports to the Data.FI Project Director. Reporting requirements include:

  • Attendance at bimonthly Data.FI team meetings;
  • Provision of regular updates to the line manager, including status of Key Result Areas (KRAs), and any other material matters and/or areas of concern;
  • Submission of financials and forecasts, and contributions to Data.FI internal project and client reporting;
  • Other reporting as requested by the line manager.


  • The role is part of the Data.FI Project Team and will work in coordination with US-based and regional technical leadership and project management staff.
  • The role is the principal liaison to the client, USAID/South Africa, and to partner organizations in South Africa.
  • This role will supervise a number of senior positions, including finance staff.

Authority levels

  • The role carries a degree of autonomy on technical leadership with appropriate consultation. The role is required to analyse and make sound recommendations to the line manager;
  • Oversee and maintain quality country over project activities at the country level;
  • Contribute to process improvement through innovative and cost-effective proposals and ideas.

Minimum education and experience required

  • PhD or Masters level education in public health, health informatics or another relevant field of study; MBA or PMP certification would be an asset.
  • At least three years’ of experience managing complex digital health programs with experience in program, financial and administration management; staff oversight and supervision; award contractual compliance; sub-award management; and tracking project performance and costs via specific funding streams. Experience managing a PEPFAR-funded program strongly preferred.
  • Additional 8 years of technical experience in health information systems strengthening or digital health or similar. Experience working in digital health on a PEPFAR-funded project strongly preferred.
  • Recent work experience supporting national digital health systems in South Africa (the last three years). Strong working relationships with government digital health stakeholders in South Africa strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated high-level relationship management and stakeholder alignment skills.

Key competencies and professional expertise required

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with USAID, government officials, and other development partners.
  • Demonstrated understanding of health information systems, and the importance of HIS to reaching PEPFAR, UNAIDS 95-95-95, and GOSA goals to end the epidemic.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the PEPFAR data streams, the analytic questions facing PEPFAR programs and PEPFAR reporting requirements
  • Strong management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, and ability to create synergies across a program of work.
  • Clear experience in managing and supervising a team of senior professionals
  • Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with strong organizational skills, and ability to work in a dynamic and agile environment with changing requirements and priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving and multicultural team while maintaining a client-centered focus, and promoting diversity and inclusion across different cultures, genders, and hierarchical levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Entrepreneurial and inquisitive mindset that takes initiative to learn new systems, technologies, and skills pertinent to the work of Data.FI.
  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language. Fluency in other South African languages preferred.
  • Willingness to travel within South Africa 25-30% of the time an internationally, periodically.
  • Postholder must hold current legal authorization to work long-term in South Africa.

About the Organization

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. We transform lives and create enduring value by working with governments, corporations and non-profit organisations.

Palladium is built on the idea that progress will be supported by four key pillars: • International Development • Strategy Execution Consulting • Impact Investment • Training and Events We create positive impact through more than 100 current projects with more than 2000 employees operating in over 90 countries.

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