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Programme Head

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The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
Location: Zambia
Last Date: January 9, 2011
Email: jobs@cidrz.org (Reference: DevNetJobs.org)

 

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION: The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a UK-based children’s charity, are working with the Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH) and other key stakeholders to implement a comprehensive prevention and treatment programme to reduce diarrhoea-related mortality and morbidity in under-5s.

Starting in and using Lusaka Province as a catalyst for wider country and regional scale, the programme aims to demonstrably reduce diarrhoea-related under-5 mortality through vaccination, improved clinical care, and community action, and to build momentum around this neglected, but preventable disease.


OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: The Programme Head will be ultimately responsible for the successful implementation and scale up of this diarrheal disease control programme within Zambia and contribute to its expansion regionally. This person will provide overall strategic and programmatic leadership and direction. He/she will also be responsible for providing clinical oversight, managing the implementation team, and upwardly managing stakeholder relationships in Zambia including the Ministry of Health, GAVI, WHO, UNICEF, etc. He/she will oversee budget management and expenditure. The postholder will also be key in developing a regional scale up strategy and plan.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (include but are not limited to the following)

Strategic and Operational Planning and Implementation
• Development of Strategic Plan in conjunction with ARK/CIDRZ leadership that will include a national and, in due course, a regional roll out plan
• Development of concrete implementation strategies including systems to facilitate implementation
• Facilitate regular meetings with internal and external partners to ensure implementation strategies are carried out, reviewed and revised as necessary
• Maintain and cultivate close working relationship with Ministry of Health
• Lead the development of the advocacy and communications of the programme
• Liaise with and manage communications and relationships between the programme and the wider CIDRZ-ARK Steering Committee

Programme monitoring and evaluation
• Coordinate collection and analysis of indicators from programme sites
• Facilitate quarterly monitoring and evaluation review meetings
• Lead implementation of recommendations for improvement
• Implement M&E plan
• Lead and ensure quality quarterly and annual M&E reports

Advocacy and communication with international agencies
• Facilitate appropriate communication with international stakeholders, bilaterals and NGOs working in Zambia
• Assist international fundraising and advocacy efforts
• Advise on programme scale-up, nationally and regionally
• Represent CIDRZ/ARK at stakeholder meetings, as required

Budget development & financial planning
• Work closely with the Finance Head to develop a comprehensive, accurate budget
• Ensure programmatic compliance to stipulated Financial SOPs
• Monitor internal and external expenditures ensuring compliance with defined internal and external reporting expectations and standards
• Review and approve project expenses
• In conjunction with the steering team, adjust budget requirements as necessary

Reporting to donors & other stakeholders
• Ensure collection of data as required by stakeholders
• Ensure timely reporting as per stakeholder requirements
• Coordinate quarterly/annual reporting to all stakeholders
• Be available for task team, steering team and board meetings as and when needed
• Ensure timely and accurate financial and narrative reporting based on MOU in compliance with stakeholder requirements

Liaison with current and potential partners
• Facilitate renewal of existing MOUs and create new MOUs with partners as necessary
• Identify and follow up on other potential donors in collaboration with the Steering Team
• Assist in efforts to collaborate with appropriate organizations to support various program initiatives

Human resource management
• Assess current and future human resource requirements as per implementation plan
• Personnel budget planning and management
• Facilitate staff development objectives including mentoring/coaching, if appropriate
• Carry out appropriate disciplinary procedures if necessary
• Ensure performance management processes across the program implementation team are implemented effectively


Qualifications:
A strong minded, capable, result oriented individual who is able to motivate staff and inspire confidence in donors and other stakeholders.
• Medical officer with experience in child health (paediatrician an advantage)
• Masters in Public health highly desirable
• At least 5 years experience in public health systems
• At least 5 years programme management experience
• Previous experience building programmes around behavior change as well as clinical management

Personal Attributes:
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent networking skills with an externally-focused disposition
- Representational skills


Suitably qualified and interested candidates are invited to apply. Applicants should quote the position being applied for. Application letters accompanied by detailed CVs, with day time telephone numbers should be sent to:

Director –Human Resources
CIDRZ
P O Box 34681
LUSAKA

Or email: jobs@cidrz.org


 

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