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Mcgl Rmncah Program Lead

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Job Description

Jhpiego is re-advertising for MCGL RMNCAH Program Lead

Lusaka, Zambia

Position Overview:

The MCGL Program Lead will provide program and technical leadership, and will be responsible for the coordination of project planning, implementation and monitoring to ensure it delivers on the stated objectives. The MCGL Program Lead will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management of the MCGL/Zambia project, as well as reporting on project activities. S/he will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and technical program quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with USAID/Zambia and MCGL technical and global leadership on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with all levels of the Zambian government, as well as with international partners and agencies.


Technical Leadership:

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project within Zambia to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets
  • Supervise other key staff such as technical, financial and M & E leads and delegate some of the more specific responsibilities.
  • Ensure that the project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Zambia,its people and donors, including alignment with USAID’s sustainable development aims
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID, the Government of Zambia’s Ministry of Health, as well as implementing partners, and other key stakeholders to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
  • Represent MCGL (Jhpiego and relevant consortium partners) and project progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, presentations and Technical Working Groups (TWG)
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of RMNCAH interventions in conjunction with technical staff.
  • Collaborate and closely coordinate with MCGL consortium partners to ensure effective programmatic implementations
  • Advocate with national, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about MCGL’s role in improving RMNCAH health outcomes among specific sub-populations such as adolescent girls, youth, pregnant and breast feeding women
  • Provide guidance and leadership on strategic and programmatic shifts as determined by evolving public health issues, including the COVID-19 crisis


  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the award
  • Ensure compliance with USAID operational policies, rules and regulations
  • Write and/or review project materials and publications
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results
  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports for donor consumption
  • Provide guidance, in collaboration with MCGL staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree with a minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and child health, health administration/management, social services, international health, business administration or a related field; MD preferred
  • Previous experience serving as Technical Advisor, Director or Deputy Chief of Party or senior level management
  • At least five years of demonstrated technical experience as senior staff in at least two of the following areas: maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH); family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH); WASH3+ years’ experience in developing, managing, overseeing or evaluating public health programs in Africa of a similar size and complexity
  • 3+ years’ experience in program management and administration, financial management, award contractual compliance, subaward management, and tracking project performance and costs via specific funding streams
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and closeout
  • Previous experience working in Zambia with intimate understanding of local health system and FP/RMNCAH gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID,host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and CBOs, as well as create synergies among stakeholders
  • Knowledge of USAID programs, regulations, compliance, and reporting requirements
  • Good management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, interpersonal skills, as well oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project description
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity for national, sub national program and technical staff
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally

Method of Application

Please send your application letter and curriculum vitae only in a single document to the Human Resources Director:

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Application deadline
18 Jun 08:16