Job Title: Project Director- Global Fund Malaria
Job Location: Conakry, Guinea
Job Type: Regular, Full Time
Reports to: Head of Programming, Guinea
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
CRS has been operating in Guinea since 2000 supporting relief and development operations in the country. Over the past years, CRS has focused on health, governance, education and institutional capacity building with OCPH-Caritas Guinea (Organisation pour la promotion humaine-Caritas Guinea) and other local organizations. CRS has also developed strong relationships with government line ministries, partners and communities we serve in the country, implementing a multi-sectoral program portfolio.
Since 2013, CRS has served as Principal Recipient for the Global Fund grants for malaria and health system strengthening in Guinea. CRS was granted for PR role for the new cycle of Global Fund Malaria Grant/New Financing Mechanism 2021-2023 (NFM3). The new NFM3 grant will continue to support the current Guinea malaria control strategic plan with the goal of leading the country towards pre-elimination by 2023 by reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality by 50% compared to 2016 rates.
As Global Fund Malaria Project Director, you will provide overall leadership to the Global Fund Malaria and health system strengthening project team and be responsible for the overall management of the project including the quality of programmatic implementation (monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning) and administrative elements of the project to serve the poor and vulnerable.as well as relationship with the GFATM, Ministry of Health and different services and other public, private and non-government stakeholders. You are responsible for ensuring that project results are achieved on time and on budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability, and that the budget is consumed as planned. As a senior leader, you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.
Roles & Key Responsibilities
- Lead the development, implementation and consolidation of the GF Malaria project. Provide oversight for all aspects of program quality, program management, representation, and human resources. Serve as the primary point of contact to GFATM as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders including SRs and ICN.
- Ensure strategic objectives and results are accomplished and meet technical quality standards through annual and quarterly activity planning and budget forecasts. Lead quarterly technical review of implementation plans.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Strategically tailor development plans and complete performance assessments for direct reports. Oversee the development of staffing plans and recruitment process of senior staff
- Coordinate with Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability (MEAL) department to oversee the design and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation system, using appropriate forms, procedures, and tools for data collection and analysis, promote ICT4D as the basis for measuring, documenting and reporting outcomes.
- Manage and mitigate risk. Ensure compliance in GF Malaria grant including oversight of partner budgets, finance and administration, and reporting to GFATM.
- Coordinate relationships with consortium partner organizations. Contribute to coordination of roles and activities of staff from consortium member organizations in implementation in line with CRS partnership principles.
- Masters degree in International Development, International Relations or a related field.
- 7 or more years’ relevant experience managing large scale development grants, preferably focusing on Health and Malaria.
- Proven track record of successful Global Fund (GFATM) funded program management, including management of multi-activity projects, complicated logistics and large budgets, as well as health products & medical commodities.
- At least 5 years of supervisory experience, including performance evaluation, coaching and mentoring. staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
Required Languages -French and English Fluency required.
Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30%.
- Experience managing Global Fund grant, preferred.
- Knowledge & experience of Partnership strategy and Partner Capacity Building.
- Commitment to local leadership and empowering local actors.
- Prior experience working in West Africa region, preferred.
- Excellent report writing skills.
- Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Deputy GF Project Director, Supply Chain Manager, HMIS/Health System Strengthening Manager, Finance Coordinator, Community Health Project Manager Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programming, Head of Operations, Deputy Regional Directors, Regional Technical Advisors, Global Fund Support Unit, GF Malaria Project staff, Guinea Staff
External: Global Fund Portfolio Senior Manager, GF Portfolio Team, ICN (CCM), Ministry of Health (NMCP, DNPM, DNSCMT, DNGELM, BSD, DRS, DPS, Central Pharmacy of Guinea), LFA, Sub-recipients, USAID, CDC, UN agencies, other Global Fund Principal Recipients for the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis grants. The project is implemented through agreements with Government and civil society partners.
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.