Technical Director

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 March 2020
  • Rwanda
  • Closing on 9 April 2020
  • Proposal

Job Description


Jhpiego seeks a Technical Director to provide technical leadership and oversight to an upcoming US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded HIV prevention, care and treatment project. It will include HIV prevention for priority populations, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), prevention of gender-based violence, HIV testing services and linkage to care, treatment and viral load suppression. The four-year project aims to strengthen the capacity of the Rwanda Defense Force to achieve epidemic control among target communities.

This position is contingent upon award from PEPFAR. Rwandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Provide technical leadership and set priorities for the project in collaboration with the Program Director and Senior Technical Advisors
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of activities
  • Design and oversee adaptive program management approaches and processes to respond to changing context and environment in order to achieve results, in line with country and PEPFAR priorities
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of project outcomes and results
  • Oversee team of high-capacity Senior Technical Advisors responsible for ensuring quality of technical assistance in HIV case finding and linkage, prevention, treatment, adherence and sustained viral suppression
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to key stakeholders during meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Contribute to building, mentoring, and managing a team of highly qualified staff
  • Ensure interventions supported by strategic technical assistance are evidence- and best-practice-based and aligned with project, MOH, DOD, and PEPFAR goals and technical priorities
  • Ensure capacity building utilizes best practices in mentorship and training, with a focus on building skills and capacity of RDF for sustainability of HIV outcomes and activities beyond the project period
  • Provide technical leadership to the development of the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with the donor, government of Rwanda, and other stakeholders, to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award
  • Write and/or review technical and project management components of materials and publications
  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff in Baltimore and Washington, DC to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation that also aligns with Jhpiego guidance, quality standards, and technical and program priorities.
Required Qualifications
  • A medical degree (medical doctor or nursing) and/or advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in a mid-to-senior management (technical) position on comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment programs
  • Demonstrated strong technical knowledge and experience in the following areas: HIV testing services and linkage including index testing and HIV self-testing; HIV prevention services including VMMC and PrEP; same day ART initiation and adherence support for people living with HIV; optimized ART based regimens with DTG (dolutegravir), viral load testing and management clients with detectable viral load; differentiated models of care for stable clients as per Rwanda national guidelines; eMTCT and support for pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV and HEI; tuberculosis (TB) screening among PLHIV, diagnosis, treatment and TPT as appropriate; laboratory systems strengthening and service delivery, and cohort recording and reporting
  • Familiarity with adult learning and mentorship strategies, policy development, and group facilitation practices; ability to describe best practices for capacity building and training and demonstrated leadership building capacity of local organizations
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse population types, including key and priority populations; ability to identify unique needs of key populations and best strategies for reaching them.
  • Ability to describe HIV program data collection and reporting requirements, to critically analyze program data and use program data to inform future directions
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience with PEPFAR programs, regulations, compliance and reporting
  • Proven leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of project technical staff
  • Previous experience working in Rwanda in the relevant field, with in depth understanding of the local health system
  • Existing strong relationships with government agencies
  • Excellent verbal, written including report writing, interpersonal, and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop capacity of staff and counterparts
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally 30%

About the Organization

Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 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 provide 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.

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