Harry Taylor Ltd
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Regional Project Officer (Southern Africa)

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About Global Health Security Unit

Global Health Security seeks to build strong and resilient public health systems to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats wherever they occur. The objective of the Unit is to strengthen health systems’ capacity in reducing vulnerabilities to emerging and re-emerging disease threats for communities in sub-Saharan Africa. The Unit’s functions complement efforts of regional partners such as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), national players through the Ministries of Health and other strategic partners.

About saving lives and livelihoods initiative:

The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative is a three-year, US $1.5 billion partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) designed to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa and hasten the economic recovery of the continent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative is acquiring vaccines for more than 65 million people, supporting the delivery of vaccinations to millions more across the continent, laying the groundwork for vaccine manufacturing in Africa by focusing focus on human capital development, and strengthening the capacity of Africa CDC. For more information on the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative, please visit: https://mastercardfdn.org/faq-saving-lives-and-livelihoods/

Job Summary:

The Regional Project Officer will provide planning, coordination and technical support to countries implementing SLL in the Southern Africa hub for quality execution of project activities as per Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccination priorities and monitor the achievement of project deliverables as per the overall Project’s objectives. The role will be based in Malawi or Zambia.

Job Responsibilities:

Program Planning and Implementation Oversight (40%):

  • Support the development and implementation of Countries’ SLL implementation plans.
  • Ensure that the Countries’ implementation plans are closely monitored and reviewed periodically.
  • Ensure quality implementation and performance of all projects.
  • Work closely with the Regional Programme Managers and Country Managers for follow through of recommendations made during weekly review sessions.
  • Provide technical input in the growth of the GHS program portfolio and overall management of health initiatives in the Unit.

Technical Program Support (30%):

  • Provide technical support to country teams in development and review of project documents such as budgets, work plans and M&E plans.
  • Provide technical support to strengthen the capacity of country teams to align with MOH priorities and enhance COVID-19 vaccine deployment in the respective countries.
  • Support development of technical briefs for GHS Unit.
  • Identify promising practices and models for follow through and incubation.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting (20%):

  • Organise and Lead periodic program review meetings (Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Program Review meetings).
  • Participate in weekly review sessions with the countries and flag any issues that need management attention in a timely manner.
  • Work closely with the GHS M&E team for timely compilation of technical reports on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, biannual, annual basis observing donor-specific deadlines and requirements in compliance with relevant Amref policies and regulations.

Knowledge Management and Learning (10%):

  • Leading research work including documentation, dissemination and publications of project innovations and impact stories.
  • Convene periodic cross learning platforms and forums for the SLL program.

Education and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related field.
  • Master’s Degree is an added advantage.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Eight (8) years relevant work experience in management of national/regional health programs.
  • Solid experience leading diverse teams and preferably regional teams. Demonstrated experience of contributing to national/international public health emergency discourse to influence public health programming.
  • Experience and strong reputation working with or liaising with Ministries of Health would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated leadership showing strategic thinking in design and execution of projects, including steering work planning, managing and mentoring colleagues, and overseeing compliant and cost-effective use of resources to deliver on objectives.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current issues in UHC, Public Health emergencies and GHS.
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong skills in process facilitation and stakeholder management across diverse groups, including government and development partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with cross-cultural teams.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Report writing and presentation skills.

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