Project Manager/Lead, Laboratory and Surveillance :  JHPIEGO – Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics

  • Harare

JHPIEGO- Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics

Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Jhpiego is implementing the project ‘Expanding Efforts and Strategies to protect and improve public health globally’ in Zimbabwe and 16 other countries globally. Jhpiego seeks to use technical assistance (TA) resources to improve the quality and accelerate achievement of programs and grants associated with the Global Fund’s C19RM. Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, is seeking a Technical Manager, Laboratory and Surveillance to provide strategic and technical leadership on this project. This position is based in Harare, Zimbabwe and will lead Jhpiego’s lab strengthening and public health surveillance activities as well as serve as the primary point of contact under this grant in support of the national and provincial governments and in collaboration with CDC/Zimbabwe.

The Technical Manager will provide overall technical and programmatic oversight of the CDC-funded GHS Project in Zimbabwe. S/he will support the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC), COVID-19 pillar leads (primarily for surveillance and lab) and key stakeholders to strengthen surveillance and laboratory activities, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The position will represent Jhpiego in all technical aspects of the CDC-funded project.

This is a contractual position and is renewable based on availability of funding and scope of work.

Responsibilities
Represent the project with donors, government and other relevant stakeholders
Supervise and manage a team; align their efforts with program goals to ensure project objectives are met within the set timelines and budget
Coordinate project activities in consultation with relevant local stakeholders and Jhpiego home office
Provide strategic and technical leadership in collaboration with COVID-19 pillar leads for laboratory and surveillance activities in alignment with country priorities

Promote the use of best laboratory practices across the intervention sites
Ensure continuous monitoring of program activities, as well as timely and accurate evaluation and reporting of progress toward the achievement of program goals and objectives
Assure the quality and sustainability of interventions in collaboration with the federal and provincial governments
Troubleshoot to prevent and resolve potential problems and review outputs for quality control
Strengthen the capacity of surveillance officers and lab staff in the intervention areas through training, mentorship and support
Present progress, achievements and lessons learned as a representative of Jhpiego to key stakeholders including CDC, MOHCC, and program partners
Work with finance and program staff to develop and track program budgets and to implement activities within approved budgets

Monitor and supervise technical officers and/or short- and long-term consultants contributing to program efforts
Build and maintain productive working relationships with counterparts from the MoHCC, CDC and other partners/stakeholders.
Lead development and on time submission of workplans and program reports including quarterly reporting against program indicators

Required Qualifications
Degree in medicine/laboratory sciences or related field; advanced degree in epidemiology/infectious diseases or similar will be preferred
At least 7-8 years’ related experience in quantitative epidemiology and the implementation of public health surveillance, outbreak investigation and response
At least five years’ experience in leading and managing donor funded programs and teams
Familiarity with laboratory systems in Zimbabwe

Proven ability to multitask across various planning and implementation processes within a highly demanding environment
Ability to develop systems and standard operating procedures
Technical expertise in disease surveillance of infectious diseases
Proficiency in analysis, interpretation and visualization of data
Proven ability to multitask across various planning and implementation processes within a highly demanding environment.
Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal skills
Ability and willingness to travel in the country.
Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

Jhpiego is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Failure to follow the instructions of applying, your application would be denied.

Preferred Qualifications
Previous experience working on donor funded projects (USG/Global Fund etc)
Experience in development of protocols and implementation of public health evaluations
Field Epidemiology Training Program experience
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Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package including: medical and dental plans; paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; personal accident insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; life and disability insurance; travel insurance; education assistance plan and more.

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

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