Project Director Non-profit Careers – Malaria Consortium

Job Title:    Project Director
Organization: Malaria
Consortium
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Salary: USD 42,672 gross
per annum
Reports to: Country
Technical Coordinator
About US:
Malaria Consortium is the
world’s leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the comprehensive
control of malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa and Southeast
Asia. Malaria Consortium works with communities, government and non-government
agencies, academic institutions, and local and international organisations, to
ensure good evidence supports delivery of effective services, providing
technical support for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities
for evidence-based decision-making and strategic planning. Malaria Consortium
works to improve not only the health of the individual, but also the capacity
of national health systems, which helps relieve poverty and support improved
economic prosperity.
About Project:
Malaria Consortium Uganda has
received funding from DFID/UNICEF to implement the Strengthening Uganda’s
Response to Malaria (SURM) project which will focus on reducing the impact of
the leading causes of U5M morbidity and mortality in 16 districts in Northern
Uganda. The project will address lagging maternal and neonatal mortality
through a combination of iCCM and selected maternal and neonatal care
interventions. The project is implemented with UNICEF and spans a five-year
period (April 2018-March 2023) in 16 districts in the Northern region of
Uganda.
Job Summary: The Project
Director will provide overall project oversight of Strengthening Uganda’s
Response to Malaria in 16 districts of Northern Uganda. He/she will be the
focal point for engagement with DFID, UNICEF and representation at National
level. The Project Director is expected to coordinate with government and other
stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing initiatives and
adhere to country and global standards. He/she will lead the Senior Project
Team (SPT) as well as being a member of the Uganda Country Senior Management
Team. The post holder will be responsible for the development and monitoring of
the project’s five year, annual and sub annual work plans as well as developing
and incorporating the sustainability plan, working closely with other members
of the SMT and other partners. He/she will support institutional capacity
building efforts including those linked to health reforms. The Project Director
will lead a project team that includes experienced technical and project
management and administrative specialists and oversee high quality
implementation of a sustainable malaria reduction project in 16 districts in
Northern Uganda. He/she will work to keep the project on course to achieve its
targets especially because it will be a payment-by-result type of contract.
This role is line managed by the Country Technical Coordinator.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Programme management (50%)
  • Steer the planning of all project activities
    and set high quality performance targets ensuring adherence to technical
    standards, best practices and donor guidelines  Oversee project implementation
  • Work closely with the Country Technical
    Coordinator and Service Delivery Specialist to see that work plans are
    aligned with best technical approaches 
    Coordinate the provision of programme management strengthening
    support to the National Malaria Control
    Programme (NMCP)
  • Ensure monitoring systems are in place and that
    project reviews/audits are carried out periodically in conjunction with
    the project team, key stakeholders and project partners
  • Travel to the field as necessary to provide
    support and ov
    ersight to
    the State teams
  • Ensure all relevant authorities and
    stakeholders are included in the planning and implementation of the
    project as appropriate
  • Maintain a good and proactive collaboration
    with the relevant authorities, such as NMCP, and other
    stakeholders including other relevant
    DFID and donor funded programmes
  • Work with the Country Technical Coordinator to
    see that project lessons and experiences are documented and necessary
    incorporated to improve the programme
  • Work closely with the SMT to see that programme improvement is
    data-driven
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and
    collaboration for the team and in-country stakeholders, including
    DFID/UNICEF, implementation partners, government partners and other key
    stakeholders
Representation (20%)
  • Be responsible for representation with other
    NGOs, UN agencies, local and national government bodies, donors and other
    relevant parties. Coordinate project representation at techn
    ical working groups and other relevant
    coordination frameworks
  • Relevant international and regional events to
    showcase the project’s achievements
Strategic planning and
leadership (15%)
  • Provide strategic direction and management of
    this large project
  • Maintain an integrated vision and approach for
    the project in achieving the
    results as defined in the award, while maintaining overall
    excellence and accountability to beneficiaries and DFID
  • Responsible for the overall planning,
    implementation and management of the project as well as the achievement of
    the goals and objectives o
    f
    the project in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Provide effective support and oversight to the
    members of the SMT to ensure that implementation occurs according to
    operational plans
  • Works with the country SMT to identify and
    implement opportunities

    which can be used to sustain the impact of the project and/or extend the
    scale of the project
  • Ensure regular communications are maintained
    between the Gulu and Lira teams, and with the Kampala office
  • Ensure project activities adhere to DFID and
    countr
    y office management
    policies and practices
  • Oversee/manage partnerships and ensure strong
    lines of communication and collaboration are established and maintained
    Ensure timely, high-quality and complete submission of work plans,
    quarterly and annual repor
    ts,
    financial reports, and any other reports required by DFID
  • Be responsible for the project risk register.
    Work with the members of the SMT in the identification, tracking,
    prevention and management of key programme risks especially those related
    to per
    formance and
    fiduciary management
  • Be liaison between the project and the donor as
    well as the MOH and other implementing partners
  • Produce and present papers at local, regional
    and international fora to share experiences and emerging best practices
Finance and administration
(10%)
  • Be the project budget holder
  • Ensure the project is efficiently and
    accurately managed within allowable line item flexibility and there is
    full accountability of resources
  • Ensure familiarity with Malaria Consortium and
    donor complianc
    e issues,
    ensuring all national partners are compliant with these
  • Work with SMT members to prepare projected
    programme expenditures
  • Work with the Project’s Management Accountant
    to monitor expenditure and budget compliance on a regular basis, report an
    y concerns to the Country Director and
    develop plans to mitigate any under or over expenditure
  • Closely monitor project budget spending and
    burn rates
  • Work closely with the finance team to ensure
    timely financial reporting and assistance at audits for t
    he project
Operational, HR and logistics
management (5%)
  • Work with the HR team to lead the recruitment
    and selection of staffing for the project
  • Line manage members using performance-based
    management approaches
  • Oversee a team of senior technical, financial and programme management staff
    for the project and ensure strong communication and coordination with and
    between all team members, and with relevant staff in HQ and the East and
    Southern Africa office
  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to
    other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional
    strengthening of implementing partners
  • Work closely with the logistics team to ensure
    that all items required for the project are procured in a
    timely manner and in line with donor
    requirements

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicant for the Malaria Consortium Project Director job opportunity
    should hold a
    Master’s Degree in Public Health, International Development or related discipline
  • Senior management level experience on large
    health projects in Africa
  • Extensive experience in international projects
  • At least 5 years spent in projects in
    developing countries lasting more than two years and managing teams of ten
    or more
  • Experience working with performance-based
    contracts
  • Experience in project and financial management
    with a proven track record of
    timely submission of high quality project deliverables
  • Experience managing donor grants or contracts
    such as DFID, GFATM, UNICEF or USAID/PMI
  • Experience working on maternal and child health
    programmes, including community health delivery
  • Familiarity with the Uganda health system
  • Strategic thinking
  • Ability to manage and inspire high performing
    teams
  • Excellent programme management skills, with
    proven ability to implement high quality projects on time and with
    in budget
  • Resource mobilisation skills including an
    understanding of global and national public health and malaria networks
  • Strong negotiation skills, particularly in
    engaging government health officials at all levels
  • Good influencing and persuasion skills and ability to remain compliant
    with organisational and donor policies
  • Ability to manage and prioritize high workload
    and multiple tasks in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent English language skills, both spoken and written
  • Capable of establishing strong working
    relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office,
    particularly Word and Excel
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • A team player, with a friendly attitude
  • Proactive and takes initiative as required
  • Results-oriented work ethic
  • Good capacity building skills especially
    mentoring and coaching
  • Conversant with the basic epidemiology of
    malaria in Uganda
  • Data-driven decision making mentality
  • Familiar with value-for-money principles
  • Excellent advocacy skills, and comfortable
    being a strong advocate for malaria control
How to Apply:
All interested applicants are
encouraged to apply online at the web link below.
Deadline: 27th April 2018
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