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Country Program Manager-MOMENTUM Immunization

JSI and World Education

Last Updated: 7/22/21

Job Description

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. JSI is currently seeking a Country Program Manager (CPM) the USAID-funded MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale) Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity Project.The MOMENTUM awards seek to contribute to global technical leadership and evidence generation and dissemination around maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) services. The project’s overarching goal is to sustainably strengthen routine immunization programs to 1) overcome the entrenched obstacles contributing to stagnating and declining immunization rates in USAID-supported countries, and 2) address the barriers to reaching zero-dose and under-immunized children with life-saving vaccines and other health services. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disruption of immunization services, the project will also support countries with the maintenance, adaptation, suspension, and/or reinstatement of immunization services.

SUMMARY

The Country Program Manager is responsible for the design and management of the project’s country technical and program support in close collaboration with technical, finance and administrative staff. The project technical assistance models range from short-term targeted assistance to full country-based technical assistance programs designed to strengthen routine immunization to reach previously un-reached and under-immunized children and families. The project will also support the introduction of COVID-19 vaccine. The CPM will provide day to day guidance to multiple country program teams, ensuring that country-based technical assistance and capacity building activities are well organized and resourced, implementing management systems to foster quality implementation of program activities. The CPM will support strategic planning, manage the workplan development process for country programs, and support country teams in the implementation and monitoring of workplan activities including local organizations. This position will supervise the Country Support Program Officer(s).

This position will report to the Deputy Director.

In addition, due to COVID-19, currently, all staff are working in a remote capacity, however, this position is expected to be based at the JSI Arlington office. The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $110,000, but will be reviewed based on qualifications of applicants. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will be done on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The project is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard

to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin,

genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Country Program Manager will be a critical member of the project’s headquarters team. S/he works under the direction of the Deputy Director (DD) to manage the work of the project’s Country Teams, in close collaboration with the Senior Technical Officer assigned to each country. Specific responsibilities include working with the Country Support Teams (CST) at the central the project office and with the project country-based teams in a number of countries:

Country Program Planning and Management

  • Work with technical and program staff to coordinate country assessment and design missions
  • Working closely with technical central team and country-based staff, manage the preparation, review and finalization of country-specific concept papers, strategic plans, and annual workplans with contributions from multiple the project core and cross-cutting technical partners, including budgets, performance monitoring plans (PMPs) and Environmental Mitigation Management Plans (EMMPs)
  • Provide day to day oversight for implementation of country program workplan activities, working closely with technical counterparts to ensure quality and manage resources to achieve program objectives.
  • Conduct planning and regular update meetings to ensure the transparent, timely flow of information amongst partners and between the country team and home office
  • Manage requests for information about the project country programs and for workplan submissions, reports, etc., engaging appropriate the project technical team members, as required
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with internal and external colleagues and among partners and engage key program stakeholders in planning and throughout implementation

Country Operations

  • Manage the recruitment of international and national staff and consultants assigned to JSI-led and JSI–supported country programs
  • Oversee the opening and closing of JSI-led field offices, including finding and leasing office space, adapting JSI personnel and administrative systems to meet the project and JSI needs, and ensuring compliance with local labor laws
  • Orient, mentor and support the country team to ensure adherence to JSI and the project personnel policies, including regular performance reviews and feedback to country staff
  • Develop and implement team building and training to build the skills of country home office program staff
  • Oversee procurement of equipment and commodities (including vehicles) and grants: Work with technical and contracts staff to prepare scopes of work and requests for proposal; evaluate competitive bids; and monitor and evaluate the work of grantees
  • Work with country focal points and technical staff to ensure that scopes of work and deliverables for short- and long-term technical assistance are clearly defined and that appropriate staff and consultants are mobilized to support country implementation
  • Supervise and mentor Program Officers (POs) and their involvement in start-up, annual workplanning, recruitment, reporting, etc.

Financial Management

  • Prepare and guide country teams and partners in preparing budgets to accompany country workplans and other cost estimates
  • Work with finance teams to track anticipated funding and its allocation to country programs, prepare pipeline reports and track expenditures against approved budgets
  • Review spending with country teams and country program officers and work with them to revise budgets and spending estimates as required.

Reporting

  • Ensure the timely submission and quality of all country reports to USAID and other donors that may be supporting country activities, including quarterly, semiannual and annual progress reports, study reports, trip reports, etc.
  • Plan and facilitate regular country program review meetings, with the participation of country teams and donor(s)
  • Represent the project to USAID Missions in the course of regular monitoring visits
  • Meet with and present country plans and achievements to other donors, as relevant

Knowledge Management

  • Prepare and review country program updates for internal and external the project and JSI websites
  • Promote and support information sharing across programs to facilitate integration
  • Collaborate with Knowledge Management, MEL and country teams to contribute to the project publications and to develop or improve monitoring and reporting processes
  • Review and work with consultants and the project technical officers to finalize trip reports and other technical documents
  • Other tasks as assigned.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Leadership experience in the areas of financial, operations, and program management.
  • Demonstrated program planning and management skills, including familiarity with common planning frameworks and monitoring tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal, supervisory skills, and demonstrated ability to build and manage professional relationships effectively with technical experts, other partners and donor agencies.
  • Proven skills in group facilitation, team building, personnel management and partner coordination.
  • Experience working with USAID rules and regulations is required.
  • Experience and success working in complex environments, with teams whose members are physically located in different time zones and geographic areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, assess and organize information and communicate to a diverse audience effectively.
  • Demonstrated understanding of relationships between program/technical function and operational management.
  • Excellent written and oral communications and negotiating skills;
  • Demonstrated excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a nonhierarchical, participatory management environment.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Master’s Degree. Degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Management, International Development, or related field.
  • Experience: Minimum ten (10) years’ experience (6 years USAID/USG funded) working as Program Manager for international development projects that implement at a global scale. Supervisory experience. In addition, at least two years working overseas in a developing country environment.
  • Travel: Ability and willingness to travel internationally.
Languages: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French is required. Familiarity or Fluency in Portuguese is highly desirable

Please apply via our Careers Portal: Country Program Manager-MOMENTUM Immunization



Company Details

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
John Snow, Inc., and our nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health management consulting and research organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. Our mission is to improve the health of underserved people and communities and to provide a place where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause.Our sis...