Project Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 September 2018

Job Description


MSH is seeking a Project Director for a potential five-year CDC project ‘Improving Laboratory Capacity and Quality in the Scale-up of HIV Diagnosis, Care, Treatment, and Monitoring in Malawi under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)’. The goal of the project is to strengthen the lab capacity and quality to achieve measurable outcomes that directly contribute to the achievement and maintenance of HIV epidemic control in Malawi.

Specific Responsibilities

The Project Director 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 will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the project and will work closely with the designated CDC staff, the home office based support staff, the MOH, and other local partners. S/he ensures project implementation progresses as planned, serves as the principal interlocutor with CDC and the Government of Malawi and ensures the program meets stated goals and reporting requirements.

The Project Director serves as the representative of the project and will be the point of contact in Malawi for all purposes of this project, unless delegations of authority are presented to and agreed by the CDC CTO.

The Project Director also serves as lead technical advisor for the project. Priorities of the project are:

  • over 95% of patients have a VL/EID taken and acted upon;
  • use of QA/QI processes to monitor performance;
  • build the TB/HIV laboratory capacity improves the TB/HIV diagnostic;
  • ensure 90% of molecular laboratories reach ISO laboratory accreditation;
  • build laboratory capacity for HIV co-morbidities including NCDs;
  • and support laboratory capacity in surveillance.
Qualifications and Experience

Required Minimum Education:

  • Master’s in laboratory science, infectious diseases, microbiology, public health or an equivalent field.

Required Minimum Experience:

  • Ten (10) years post-qualification experience working in a laboratory setting of which five (5) years must have been in a senior laboratory management position.
  • Experience working in/with PEPFAR programs. Experience working with WHO, GFATM, CHAI and other key agencies in Malawi is an advantage.
  • Experience with setting up and implementing laboratory information systems.
  • Familiarity with and experience in implementing local and national laboratory quality assurance and accreditation systems, including the ISO accreditation standards and accreditation process.
  • Familiarity with and substantial experience of providing technical assistance to Ministries of Health and their laboratories supporting the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of HIV/AIDS, TB in developing countries.
  • Extensive experience working in Public Health Laboratory service delivery in Malawi.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership and management abilities.
  • Ability to lead and guide strategy development with the MOH, manage technical implementation of proposed project initiatives, as well as ability to supervise, mentor and coach project and government staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of the health care delivery systems and structures in Malawi.
  • Knowledge and recent experience in management and evaluation of current and new technologies, with particular reference to those required for scale-up of HIV programs to reach the 90-90-90 targets to help end the epidemic and Tuberculosis as per the End TB strategy.
  • Knowledge of and experience in laboratory capacity building, monitoring and supervision.
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Excel.
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills in English are required.

Physical Requirements:

  • May require periodic trips to partner’s sites for mentorship, supervision, conferences and/or off site meetings within Malawi.
  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. 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 US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is 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. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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