Program posted by: Kissito Healthcare International
Posted on: April 16, 2013
Position Overview: Kissito Healthcare International (KHI) is looking for a dynamic and self-driven individual for the Country Director position for its operations in Uganda. KHI develops and delivers low-cost, high impact, innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well being of people around the world. KHI currently has active programs in Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan with a focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Research and Intervention in Childhood Disease; Nutrition and Acute Malnutrition Management; and Health Sector Strengthening, Integration and Capacity Building.
Based in Mbale, the Country Director (CD) will lead all ongoing programs in Uganda and work with the country staff to ensure the overall success of the Uganda program. The position of CD provides senior level content knowledge, technical assistance, consultation and support for the development and execution of project/program specific strategies. S/he exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. S/he determines methods and procedures on new assignments. S/he represents the project and the company to the host government, and other donors and cooperating agencies. The CD will help coordinate and support KHI's team on the ground to achieve the program's objectives, and forge stronger relations with the Ministry of Health and other government agencies and partners. S/He will help with managing many aspects of the program including strategy, budgets, implementation and team management.
The Country Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer.
Key Responsibilities: • Provides senior leadership, management oversight, and coordination to KHI Uganda programs • Maintain a trusted relationship and dialogue with the government based on a track record of delivering results that exceed expectations in speed and quality • Plan specific programmatic initiatives in the country to support the national program, support the team in program implementation and track progress against milestones • Provide high-quality technical assistance to the government as needed/requested, often under a short timeframe • Manage processes and tools for planning, budgeting and financial reporting • Manage process for internal and external donor reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis • Build and leverage strong effective relationships with key partners and stakeholders • Maintain appropriate bi-directional communication and information flow with HQ to ensure KHI's capabilities are being fully leveraged on-the-ground • Provides subject matter expertise/technical assistance to all current programs, technical staff and administrators as per program requirements • Provides analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and resolve issues or problems • Uses various quantitative and qualitative techniques to perform contract or cooperative agreement tasks • Leads and/or reviews and monitors programmatic functions, i.e. development of work plans and budgets • Ensures quality of services and compliance per project/program requirements • Provides functional guidance to outside vendors to ensure deliverables are met within timelines and budgets as needed • Participates in and/or prepares necessary program-related reports, including presentations and white papers • Organizes and supports as needed project/program trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings • Participates, and represents the organization as needed, in outside associations, conferences, and symposia • Leads and assists in research, data collection, policy formulation, training and capacity building efforts in support of contract/agreement activities and deliverables • Provides guidance to lower level staff members
Qualifications & Skills: • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline (MBA or an MPH Preferred). • 7+ years of experience in public health program management, health governance, health economics, policy formulation, or other field related to global health programs and leadership that should include at least 5 years of management experience • Experienced in working in environments that are less structured with few systems and processes and with minimal levels of supervision • Experience conceiving, planning and executing programs or projects with documented results • Proven track record of achievement and a desire to use skills to improve healthcare in developing countries • Substantive professional, social and cultural experience in a developing country is ideal • Fluent written and spoken English is required, Luganda is preferred. • Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills are required • Experience working with bilateral and multilateral donor agencies is required • Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial and evaluative skills • Knowledge of project management methodology • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe • Effective written and oral communication skills • Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations • Ability to build trust-based relationships with peers in the Ministry of Health and influence work outcomes with partners, government & other stakeholders • Ability to navigate complex government processes, and at negotiating and achieving consensus • Proficient at working on highly complex problems without extensive structural or operational support • Mentor and lead teams for consistent performance willing to micro-manage as required • Ability to execute projects in collaboration with the Government - on time and within budget • Strong analytical and problem solving skills • Ability to work with limited resources (financial as well as human) • Excellent business-oriented oral and written communication skills
How to apply:
All applications for this position should be sent to Sam.Rasoul@kissito.org. Please include your CV, minimum salary expectations & salary history, cover letter, and references. KHI provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.