Technical Director

Apply by 20 July 2018
Senior-level , Field assignment
Posted on 20 June 2018

Job Description

The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment for an anticipated USAID cervical cancer project in Zimbabwe. This project aims to improve screening, diagnosis, and treatment for cervical cancer in HIV positive women. The project will operate over a five-year period.

The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego’s senior management and technical team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Zimbabwean nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Zimbabwe
  • Provide capacity building at the organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
    • Cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment of HIV positive women
    • Appropriate referral of HIV positive women eligible for screening and treatment
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, and supportive supervision
  • Review and update, as needed, national service delivery guidelines relevant to the provision of cervical cancer care to HIV positive women
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted HIV services
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
  • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify clinical and community-based reproductive and maternal health and other non-communicable disease service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services
  • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address cervical cancer service delivery gaps
  • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, specifically in the context of HIV positive women, to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment in HIV positive women over the age of 30
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
  • Supervise technical staff
  • Manage technical contributions of subgrantees, including defining scopes of work
  • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award

Required Qualifications

  • An advanced Medical or Nursing degree. Master of Public Health with clinical experience preferred
  • At least 10 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Demonstrated experience in cervical cancer prevention, including VIA and Cryotherapy
  • At least 10 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of $5M per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in Zimbabwe
  • Experience with projects implementing biomarker tests, including HPV
  • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service education; performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of clinical skills in cervical cancer necessary for strengthening cervical cancer service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level

About the Organization

Jhpiego is an international, nonprofit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For more than 42 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to ensure high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.

Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

Please apply at: www.jobs-jhpeigo.icims.com

Applicants must submit a single document for upload to include: cover letter, resume, references, and salary history.

For further information about Jhpiego, visit our website at www.jhpiego.org

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

JHU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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