Director, Global Health (215218)

  • Posted on 9 September 2019
  • Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 9 October 2019

Job Description

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine is seeking a Director, Global Health to support the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP), located in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.

The incumbent is responsible for directing the HJF component of the US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP)/Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s (WRAIR) international HIV prevention and treatment program consisting of an annual budget of $70M+, supporting over 350,000 patients on antiretroviral treatment in more than 750 facilities under seven programs throughout Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The incumbent will be responsible for the leadership, strategic planning, implementation, and management of HJF activities to include prevention, care and treatment initiatives, associated research activities, and related endeavors in all African programs supported overseas by WRAIR and executed by MHRP. With specific authorization from the MHRP and USG leadership, the incumbent will represent the DoD as directed and participate in, and advise, the development of DoD and USG policies for continued DoD participation in the implementation of the resident’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under the direction of MHRP USG leadership and in coordination with the USG leadership of the Executive Agent (EA) for DoD PEPFAR activities at the Department of the Navy.


  1. Provides fiscal oversight of global public health programs executed by MHRP, securing all necessary mechanisms behind obligation of program funding through HJF and tracking of financial information program wide.
  2. Directs an administrative and technical team of fifteen home office-based staff as well as provide senior level, supervisory guidance to over 400 HJF personnel located at overseas program field sites in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
  3. Directs the development and implementation of IHPT’s strategic vision by formulating, establishing and interpreting policies to optimize country, region and PEPFAR-wide program impact.
  4. In accordance with the Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator’s Office (OGAC), directs the development of IHPT procedures and process to implement and monitor program execution to ensure alignment with fiscal year priorities and funding requirements.
  5. Ensures timely and effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities, and proper reporting of information to WRAIR, in-country USG and HJF teams; the Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and the DoD Executive Agent, and across the international PEPFAR portfolio.
  6. With specific authorization from the MHRP, HJF, HJFMRI, and USG leadership, represent MHRP, HJF and HJFMRI interests in expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment activities in developing countries and leveraging of relevant areas of DoD expertise to assist other USG and DoD-sponsored efforts.
  7. Ensures program targets are achieved; modifying goals, objectives and implementation plans annually to account for challenges encountered, changes in funding and to address gaps in program activities.
  8. Approves and monitors all HJF contracts executed with program funding under PEPFAR to ensure compliance with approved funding levels and programmatic implementation
  9. Oversees the development of collaborations with external organizations for the purpose of acquiring necessary technical expertise for improved program execution.
  10. Support the management, coordination, and continuity of programs and operations by accomplishing the necessary interface with higher headquarters and by working with key staff in developing plans for personnel, funding, equipment, and other such requirements
  11. With specific authorization from the MHRP and EA USG leadership, represents the DoD on technical and oversight committees at OGAC as a PEPFAR implementer and contributor, and ensures proper agency/program representation and participation in the development of effective working relationships with member organizations and USG agencies.
  12. A directed, serves as liaison between MHRP and other USG agencies for all technical and policy elements to include but not limited to: the DOD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program; USAID; the Department of State; and the Department of Health and Human Services and its partners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  13. Provides guidance and dissemination of DoD and OGAC policy to U.S.-based and in country MHRP and HJF staff and partners for more effective planning and implementation of PEPFAR-related activities.
  14. Directs and executes field technical assistance and HJF supervisory visits as necessary, ensuring technical assistance and support are provided as required and in a timely manner.
  15. Provides collaborative assistance to other program personnel and research scientists that require the incumbent’s expertise.
  16. Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel.
  17. Completes other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention as well as general public health in Africa; U.S. government contracting rules and regulations. Experience in program development and management experience; program monitoring and evaluation; budget development, management and reporting. Excellent communication skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Advanced degree in public health, medicine, international development, social sciences, business, or a related discipline

Minimum Experience: A minimum of 10 years of HIV/PEPFAR experience is required; 7 years of management experience with international development and health programs. 5 years of experience with execution of funding under PEPFAR preferred.

Physical Capabilities: Incumbent will travel between MHRP Bethesda offices, offices in Washington D.C./Silver Spring, MD, field locations, and other professional locations as needed.

Travel requirement: Up to 30%.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Incumbent will direct and supervise home office IHPT department and field-based expatriate staff.

Work Environment: Office/field environment; may require working evenings and weekends.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

About the Organization

For more than 30 years, HJF has committed to a singular mission: advancing military medicine. We were authorized by Congress to do this and serve as a trusted and responsive link between the military medical community, its federal and private partners, and millions of American service families, veterans and civilians who rely every day on the advances and quality of life that result from this work.

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