Country Director/Project Director at Jhpiego

State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 26/09/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 5 Years
Career Level: Mid Career
Industry: International Development

Country Director/Project Director Summary

Current NGO Jobs in Ghana September 2021; Apply for the new position of Country Director/Project Director at Jhpiego

 Country Director/Project Director

Jhpiego seeks a Country Director/Project Director (CD/PD) in Ghana. The CD/PD provides vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of Jhpiego’s programs in Ghana. This includes guiding the strategic planning, design and implementation for country programs and achieving the planned results.

The Country Director will likely also serve as the Project Director for one of Jhpiego’s ongoing projects, and be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, will ensure the project is progressing appropriately, and will serve as the principal liaison to USAID. S/he will play a key role in ensuring the award meets its objectives on time and on budget.

This will be accomplished through the use of adaptive management across the organization, at all levels. The Project Director will be an effective manager and will lead his/her team through changes to business processes, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures. A high degree of demonstrated technical expertise combined with excellent communication and management skills are essential for this position.

The CD/PD works closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) to streamline efforts and ensure complementarities of projects, serves as the primary point of contact for donors, stakeholders and partners and is responsible for managing relationships and collaboration with international and local partners. The CD/PD also ensures timely and cost-effective project implementation, reporting of activities, and project deliverables.

Country Director/Project Director Responsibilities

Serve as Project Director for USAID-funded project(s) and ensure compliance with the terms of the award/contract
Ensure high-quality delivery on the contract/agreement, working closely with the team to ensure projects are technically sound, evidence-based, deliver on target, on time and on budget, and are responsive to the needs of the country and donors

Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets

The Country Director/Project Director will develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID, the MOH, GHS as well as implementing partners and other key stakeholders in Ghana to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort

Represent Jhpiego’s interests and present progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors and other key stakeholders in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions

The Country Director/Project Director Lead annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, MOH, GHS and project teams

The Country Director/Project Director oversees the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to donors

Take concrete steps to create or promote a safe, respectful and harassment-free work environment to all Jhpiego staff and consultants and others who will be engaged by Jhpiego
Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly-qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results

Ensure that annual staff evaluations are conducted timely and support professional development for staff
Provide guidance and oversight, in collaboration with staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees with a strong focus on organizational capacity building of local organizations

Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets, expenditure analysis, and budget reallocations
Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to effectively track data/results, and ensure timely donor reporting
Work closely with Jhpiego Home Office/HQ staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
Ensure compliance with operational policies and regulations of USAID and other donors
Ensure that Jhpiego Country Office is:
Compliant with all local laws including labour laws
Registration is current

Annual statutory audits and financial reports have been completed and filed with the appropriate agencies
Met all legal requirements for filing reports, withholding and remitting income taxes for all local staff, expat staff, TCNs, consultants and vendors, and work permits for expats and TCNs retained by the Field Office
All findings from prior audits/reviews have been corrected or are in the process of being corrected according to the timeline in the action plans

Has complied with Jhpiego’s policies, procedures and practices related to the financial reporting and internal controls
All deficiencies in the design or operation of, or any weaknesses or non-compliance in internal controls in the Field Office have been corrected or are in the process of being corrected
Has complied with donor policies and procedures applicable to management, technical, programmatic, financial and human resources

Report to HQ any communications regarding:
Violations or possible violations of laws or regulations by the Field Office.
Legal actions against the Field Office or Jhpiego
Promote a culture of meritocracy and high performance amongst staff
Promote cost efficiency and cost effectiveness across programmatic and operations areas
Identify opportunities for new program development and lead efforts to respond to solicitations
Ensure visibility of Jhpiego’s technical expertise and program capabilities with key stakeholders, including MOH, GHS, partners and donors

Country Director/Project Director Required Qualifications

Advanced degree – MD, Masters in Public Health, Health Administration, International Health or a related field at the minimum;
Previous experience serving as COP/Project Director or DCOP/senior level management
10+ years’ experience successfully managing large, multi-partner, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $10M per year) that have implemented successful activities in health system strengthening
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out

Experience working on USAID programs and in-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements
Progressively responsible professional development experience, a significant portion must include managing international health projects in a developing country, with several years including general management experience
Demonstrated experience in institutional capacity development/systems strengthening in public health and in working effectively with a broad range of counterparts, including high level government officials and organizations

Previous experience working in Ghana, with intimate understanding of the local health system and health systems strengthening gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agency and related levels, preferred
Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs

Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector

Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
Capacity for analyzing technical and programmatic challenges that impede efforts to provide improved health care to populations, and building skills of staff to do the same
Ability to develop technical solutions to these challenges and assisting in the design of operational research that could yield appropriate solutions

Ability to work in a complex environment charged with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to deliver
Excellent communications (written and oral English), interpersonal, presentation, and coordination skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the activity and to coordinate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders

Excellent skills in facilitation and team building
A team player accustomed to building team capacity, delegating working teams, and developing communities of learning among host country partners and counterparts
Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office

Ability to travel in Ghana and internationally up to 30% of the time

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