Heal TB Project Director

Management Sciences for Health
Apply by 10 January 2011
Posted on 15 April 2014

Job Description

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Cambridge, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

MSH is seeking candidates for an upcoming five-year program in Ethiopia that will provide a comprehensive package of TB interventions to provide: quality DOTS, strengthened referral linkages to the community, technical leadership and assistance to the regional health bureaus (RHB) and Health Zones to improve program management of TB and MDR-TB, TB/HIV collaboration, and Health System Strengthening (HSS) by assisting with District (Woreda) Based Planning, institution of infection control, improved drug supply management, and CB-DOTS implemented in rural and urban areas through the health extension program (HEP).

Preference will be given to applicants with relevant experience in Ethiopia.

Position is subject to project award.


The Project Director is responsible for overall planning, coordination, and technical direction of all activities including the work of sub-recipients. He/she is responsible for achieving required project results through effective project planning and management, technical advising, administration and oversight, monitoring and evaluation and donor relationship management. S/he ensures a comprehensive approach to institutional development and strengthening, and provides programmatic leadership to ensure seamless planning, implementation of activities and technical support. S/he is responsible for the oversight and the management of all project staff. The Project Director will have regular and transparent communication with the AOTR.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience working in Ethiopia and in coordinating complex, preferably USAID-funded, projects. Demonstrated success in achieving results leading a National TB Control Program or TB project. Proven track record in financial management and building the management and leadership capacity of public sector organizations is strongly preferred. The Project Director must be skilled in leading teams, communicating and networking with counterparts, and completing deliverables on time.


1. Planning and project development

  • Oversee the development and implementation of program workplans and strategies aligned with Government of Ethiopia priorities.
  • Collaborate with counterparts and partner organizations, including TB CARE I and other MSH projects, in work planning and project implementation.
  • Develop a network of local TA providers, consulting firms, and professional groups to facilitate ongoing work, identify new business opportunities and ensure clients’ access to high quality technical assistance.
  • Ensure that the program achieves requisite cost share.

2. Project management / implementation / delivery of technical results

  • Ensure the alignment of daily activities with project goals, approved workplans and standards for high quality, within-budget, and on-time product delivery.
  • Supervise and oversee Project staff and consultants and coordinate technical assistance to ensure high-quality and timely deliverables.
  • Create and implement budgets based on sound financial and accounting principles, approve expenditure of funds according to approved budgets and project needs, and see that staff are recruited and hired in accordance with local, donor and MSH requirements.
  • Maintain regular communication with MSH Headquarters and USAID/Ethiopia and resolve problems as they arise.
  • In collaboration with project finance and accounting staff and MSH/Ethiopia Country Operations Management Unit (COMU), implement management systems to administer all project activities.

3. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Oversee the development and ongoing use of a project monitoring and evaluation plan, including indicators linked to results, that meets all MSH, GOE/NTP and USAID reporting requirements.
  • Provide appropriate, timely, and accurate monitoring and evaluation of project activities and outcomes, and complete and submit project reports to meet all USAID requirements.
  • Meet all local financial obligations, monitor and track expenditures, and prepare regular financial reports for submission to MSH Headquarters and USAID.
  • Oversee documentation of results and lessons learned from this project and the dissemination of this information within, and beyond, the Project and USAID/Ethiopia.

4. Relationship management

  • Serve as Project liaison to USAID/Ethiopia, Ethiopian government agencies and other collaborating agencies on all technical, administrative and financial matters related to the project.
  • Respond promptly to donor and other key stakeholder inquiries and concerns.
  • Maintain good working relationships with partners and subcontractors.


s’ Degree in Public Health or an advanced degree in a related health field from an accredited college or university.

2. At least fifteen years experience in each of the following areas:

  • Designing and implementing TB prevention and control programs
  • Providing TB technical leadership
  • Managing similar health projects
  • Interacting with donors, implementing partners and host country government.

3. Past experience with USAID.

4. Excellent communication, supervisory and interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership, and the ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines.

5. Fluency in written and spoken English required; fluency in Amharic preferred.

6. Willingness to locate in Addis Ababa and to travel frequently within Ethiopia required.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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