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Deputy Director for Programs, Anglophone Africa

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Job Description

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.

The Center of Digital and Data Excellence (CoDE) at PATH works with government ministries of health, the private sector, and donors to strengthen the use of digital technologies and data for improved health services. Digital Square is one of CoDE’s flagship global initiatives. It is PATH-led and funded by multiple donors, including USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to advance digitally enabled health services to help close the health equity gap. Conceived from the lessons of the inefficiencies and redundancies of prior investments in digital technologies for international development, Digital Square works with ministries of health to align adaptable, interoperable digital technologies with local health needs and brings partners together to improve how the global community designs, uses, and pays for digital health tools and approaches.

PATH is currently recruiting for a Deputy Director, Anglophone Africa Programs for its Digital Square team. The Deputy Director will play a key supporting role for a portfolio of Digital Square’s digital health implementation activities in Anglophone Africa. S/he will ensure donor coordination, partner alignment, and staff direction during the implementation of activities. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Regional Director for Anglophone Africa and the Managing Director of Digital Square to carry out strategic visioning for the expansion of Digital Square’s implementation efforts across the continent of Africa.


Program Management and Leadership (70%)

Lead day-to-day management of Digital Square country buy-ins, in particular through the USAID mechanism. Activities include:

  • Define and oversee the operationalization of technical strategies for country and regional digital health implementation activities in alignment with the Digital Square mission and vision and under the guidance of the Regional Director for Anglophone Africa.
  • Support the Managing Director and Operations Director with the creation and implementation of a staffing plan and buy-in strategy for each buy-in which details the following: staff level of effort (LOE), overall scope, timeline of deliverables and coordination with overall cooperative agreement and reporting requirements.
  • Serve as a technical representative and advocate for PATH/Digital Square at conferences, meetings, and other forums as directed by the Regional or Managing Director.
  • Support particular in-country Directors/leaders by ensuring technical direction of field buy-ins, ensuring coordination amongst and between country buy-ins and alignment against the overall Digital Square award.
  • Supporting in-country leads for relationship management with donors in both the field and headquarters. Serve as a primary relationship manager for donor field staff that are investing in Digital Square.
  • Provide technical assistance and mentorship to Digital Square field-based staff so that they understand and meet Digital Square and PATH standards and expectations.
  • Under the leadership of the Regional and Managing Directors, support the development of concept notes, technical approaches, articles, white papers and presentations for advocacy and engagement with donors on potential future implementation activities for both new and existing donors.
  • Refine and implement the advocacy strategy to encourage global private- and public-sector and multilateral leaders to align with and expand investments for digital health global goods in country.
  • Support cross-country relationships and global goods use by fostering conversations and connections between countries and global goods suppliers; connect country stakeholders to capacity-building networks in the Digital Square eco-system.

Manage other Digital Square activities (30%)

Provide technical and implementation oversight to Digital Square’s Tanzania program portfolio.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, public health, international development, non-profit management or a related field with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Credible, articulate, and demonstrated expertise in the following:
  • Introduction and scaling of digital technology in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Application of digital technology to strengthen health systems and services.
  • Demonstrated experience with multi-lateral/bi-lateral USAID-funded projects, with a preference for digital health projects.
  • Experience managing a large pool of contractors through a changing donor landscape and evolving global priorities
  • A passion to represent the Digital Square initiative and the organization publicly; to create and maintain effective working relationships with high-level government personnel and partners from a variety of sectors.
  • The ability to represent and communicate an idea, a project, or an organization in any medium and to a variety of audiences, including blog posts, email, team meetings, speaking engagements, and pitch meetings.
  • Team-focused and collegial with experience managing and leading a diverse team of geographically distributed employees with multiple perspectives (global coalitions, associations, working groups) to set strategies and execute them successfully.
  • Openness to new ideas and the ability to creatively grow those into fully formed proposals, implementation and sustainability.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; diplomacy in communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Strong organizational skills, high level of attention to detail, and effectiveness under deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to travel globally at least 25% of the time.

To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

Cover Letter

CV in reverse chronological format

Remote Work:

PATH continues to evolve to support our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, most of PATH’s US based positions are temporarily 100% remote, within commuting distance to our PATH offices. When PATH transitions more broadly to in-person work, we will operate with a hybrid workplace model. Hybrid employees must reside within commuting distance to one of our PATH offices. PATH’s US offices are located in Seattle, WA and Washington, D.C.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:

PATH has instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees, interns, consultants, and temporary staff based in the United States. Individuals selected for job opportunities in the United States must be fully vaccinated, and show proof of vaccination status, upon hire. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson. Individuals with medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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Job Location

Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania or Lusaka, Zambia or Nairo, Kenya

Company Location

Kenya, Nairobi or Tanzania, Dar es Salaam or Zambia, Lusaka or South Africa, Johannesburg

Position Type Full-Time/Regular

Method of Application

Submit your CV and Application on Company Website:

Closing Date : 10th September , 2022.