Health Office Director

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 26 October 2020

Job Description


The Health Office Director is fully responsible for the USAID health program in Cameroon. The incumbent is expected to provide leadership, direction, management, and technical support to the entirety of USAID’s health investments in Cameroon. The incumbent is responsible for strategic planning, overseeing the development and implementation of annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plans (COPs) and Malaria Operational Plans (MOPs), as well as the GHSA National Action Plan for Health Security. S/he will also initiate new programs and activities in accordance with the Ministry of Health and in line with public health needs and priorities. This includes playing a lead role in providing strategic direction for the office and engaging in inter-agency coordination and representation. This entails establishing close working relationships with other USG Agencies in Cameroon, particularly with the Center for Disease Control, development partners, and representation with senior level GoC officials and the US Embassy.


A. Program Management (40%):

The incumbent is the Director of USAID/Cameroon’s health office and is a key member of the inter-agency PEPFAR and PMI/Cameroon management team. S/he will help shape major health policies, serve as the primary liaison and lead strategic discussions with the Cameroonian Government, senior counterparts in the Ministry of Public Health, other ministries and international development partners.

S/he is responsible for USAID’s contributions to the development and implementation of annual Country Operational Plans (COPs), ensuring that plans are designed according to USAID’s strategic advantage, and that sufficient funds are allocated to reach goals. S/he initiates new programs in accordance with the Ministry of Health policies, guidelines and protocols and USAID’s program goals, objectives, and policies. This includes playing a lead role in strategic planning and program development through the provision of direct technical assistance, and well-executed program planning with partners. The Office Director is fully responsible for ensuring all reporting requirements are met. S/he will lead project development including new awards and revisions of current awards to align them with new strategies and approaches. In accordance with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), s/he will work to ensure that new approaches and trends in health conditions, status of key policies, and legal and regulatory changes that could affect the implementation of the PEPFAR program are considered in project implementation and development. The incumbent will also work with the GoC on sustainable health financing and advancing universal health coverage as the government has committed to achieving universal health coverage by 2030.

S/he will also work closely with the interagency PMI team to ensure programs reflect GoC’s priorities and are in line with PMI’s strategic approach and the USG’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035, as malaria continues to be a leading cause of child mortality. Malaria related work will reflect PMI’s objective of reducing malaria mortality by one-third from 2015 levels, reducing malaria morbidity by 40% from 2015 levels and will be aligned with the GoC’s efforts towards elimination.

With the support of the GHSA team, the Office Director will ensure management, coordination, and monitoring of activities responding to infectious disease outbreaks as these relate to human and animal health and the environment. The incumbent supervises the work of the GHSA team to execute planning, response, and reporting on GHSA, in accordance with Agency and Congressional directives. This includes oversight over the implementation of the GHSA National Action Plan for Health Security with GoC officials.

The Office Director may serve as the Agreement or Contracting Officer’s Representative (A/COR) or Activity Manager for specific awards and contracts. S/he drafts technical requirements for program announcements for grants, contracts and/or cooperative agreements. Once agreements or contracts are in place, s/he coaches implementing partners in work plan development, and approves annual implementation activities. S/he provides regular direction to partners and technical advice to counterparts, reviews progress, and identifies and corrects potential issues before they become problems. The job holder reviews contractual requirements of the grant, contract or cooperative agreement including periodic program reports, financial reports, audits, expenditure and voucher reviews, concurrence requests and contract modifications. The Office Director works closely with the team to prepare all budget information and monitors obligations, expenditures, pipeline and mortgages, making sure that appropriate levels of funding are available.

B. Interagency Coordination and Representation (25%):

The incumbent is also expected to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with senior-level host government officials, technical level health professionals, the Embassy and other USG Agencies, as well as health program counterparts in non-governmental organizations, private sector, and international organizations. Through these contacts, the Office Director stays informed and up-to-date on health issues in Cameroon. The job holder condenses the information gathered, analyzes needs and opportunities against program strategic objectives and advises on how USAID can best deliver programs that reflect international standards, host country policies, program guidelines, and USG regulations.

The Office Director represents USAID at technical, policy and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donor agencies. S/he is a key member of the PEPFAR and PMI Senior Management Teams, ensuring coordination of work plan development, implementation strategies, and evaluation plans for all USG agency activities in Cameroon. In coordination with the PEPFAR, PMI, and GHSA teams, s/he keeps the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission up to date on the status of programs through regular briefings and written communication. S/he serves as the first point of contact to the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon for all HIV, malaria and other health-related USAID issues, partners and programs. S/he contributes PEPFAR, PMI and other health-specific information to cables, speeches, editorials and other written materials produced by the U.S. Embassy as needed, in consultation with the USAID Country Representative.

The Office Director communicates to USAID supervisors and colleagues, both orally and in writing as needed. S/he may share responsibilities with the USAID Country Representative participating for USAID in official activities and representing USAID on Embassy committees, e.g., ICASS, housing, space and office construction, donor working groups, etc. The incumbent also represents USAID in PEPFAR, PMI, GHSA and other health programming at official functions, at host country government functions, and activities organized by civil society.

C. Administrative Leadership (35%):

The Health Office Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the work of the health office and is expected to supervise the twelve person USAID/Cameroon health team. The team is composed of 4 USPSCs, 1 TCN, and 7 FSN staff members. This includes direct supervision, ensuring assignments and tasks are based on program priorities and reviewing final deliverables. The incumbent orients new employees and supports employees to develop annual training plans, provides coaching as needed, monitors progress, and formally evaluates the performance of employees. S/he manages staff workloads to meet peak demand in order to ensure that program goals and objectives are met. The incumbent prepares technical assistance requests, develops scopes of work and oversees the performance of external technical assistance service providers as required.

S/he performs under general administrative discretion with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. The work entails great difficulty, sensitivities, and responsibility. S/he will interact with the highest level of government and represent USAID and the US Government in official settings. The incumbent is part of the Mission’s senior management team and will have decision-making authority in broad health program areas consistent with USAID policies, goals, and strategies. S/he will serve as an advisor on health matters- frequently engaging the host country government, key donors, development partners, and the Embassy in policy dialogue, conceptualization, design and execution of health programs.

The Office Director is fully responsible for the entire USAID health program. The incumbent contributes to the establishment of overall program priorities and work assignments in the health office. S/he will provide management support and technical leadership of the USAID/Cameroon health portfolio including technical input and support in the management of PEPFAR, PMI, GHSA, NTD and other health programming. The Office Director oversees the planning and monitoring of the overall USAID health budget which includes special initiative funds. S/he ensures funds are allocated according to approved plans, tracks obligations, outlays and pipelines across all implementing mechanisms, and prioritizes funding actions based on need. The incumbent coordinates annual and ad hoc reprogramming exercises.

The incumbent provides recommendations to the USAID Country Representative on broader development programs and objectives and liaises with non-health offices within USAID as needed. The incumbent recommends and organizes site visits for high level visitors such as U.S. Government executive and legislative branch officials, interested donors and business leaders to showcase projects. The Office Director liaises with other offices of the Mission, the U.S. Embassy, and with counterparts in order to ensure the greatest impact from such visits.



An advanced degree (minimum Master’s level) in public health, international development, social sciences or other relevant field is required.


  • Minimum seven years of progressively responsible experience as a program manager for complex development assistance programs, including minimum five years’ experience in senior-level program management/leadership positions based in a developing country, preferably in francophone Africa.


  • Fluency in English and French (equivalent to Advanced / Upper Intermediate) are required; in both oral and written communication in professional, technical, and policy communication with host country government representatives and partners across sectors. USAID reserves the right to administer a language test to verify language proficiency.

CLOSING DATE/TIME: November 22, 2020/17:00 GMT

More Jobs from this Organization

Similar Jobs