ICAP at Columbia University works in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Community, Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOH) in Tanzania to support the implementation of high-quality comprehensive family-focused HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment services with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through PEPFAR. A key aspect of the program is to build the capacity of the MOH, at the national and sub-national levels, and indigenous CBO/NGOs to manage HIV programs, including financial, administrative, program management and technical advisory skills. The organization has employed talented, dynamic individuals with strong clinical backgrounds and public health management expertise to achieve its programmatic objectives.
ICAP is currently implementing a large Combination Prevention project in Kagera and a Key Populations friendly clinic in Mwanza, as well as providing technical assistance to improve pediatric HIV testing and counseling. In 2016, ICAP will implement a household population survey (PHIA) countrywide to analyze HIV prevalence and incidence. Additionally, ICAP aims to expand and diversify its current portfolio of activities by implementing innovative strategies, incorporating and piloting new technologies and promoting scientific research that will guide Tanzania health decision makers.
Reporting to ICAP’s Country Director in Tanzania, the Technical Director is responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day activities and overall performance of the technical team in supporting the clinical, training, and research aspects of ICAP’s activities in HIV prevention, care and treatment, tuberculosis, and other public health programs. Leads a technical team of clinicians and research staff and represents ICAP in technical working groups and other fora with Tanzania Government representatives and donors.
This position is grant funded.
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Defines, develops, executes and continually updates the strategic plan for the Central Technical Team. Adjusts strategic goals, work plans and operations as projects are added to and/or completed in ICAP’s portfolio.
- Directs the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of a technical team of clinicians and research professionals who implement program activities that include, but are not limited to, adult and pediatric HIV prevention, care and treatment, TB, maternal child health, and laboratory support.
- Makes periodic site visits to regional programs and supported sites to provide oversight, supervision, and technical assistance in clinical issues.
- Ensures coordination of clinical activities, ensuring consistency with funder and ICAP objectives while avoiding duplication of efforts. Develops collaborative relationships with technical focal points at governmental bodies and external organizations in order to meet mutual goals. Works closely with donor agency representatives and national and international organizations to coordinate plans for ICAP’s clinical, training and research activities.
- Oversees the technical aspects of different projects implemented by ICAP in Tanzania and actively pursues opportunities for new projects and initiatives.
- Manages the development, review and finalization of quarterly and annual project work plans; monitors progress towards targets and addresses bottlenecks in meeting project milestones.
- Represents ICAP before Tanzania government officials and partner organizations.
- Coordinates provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and identifies and solicits technical resources from different departments within the country office and ICAP Headquarters.
- Participates in the design and implementation of assessments, program reviews and evaluation activities, and the development of research protocols and IRB applications.
- Supports the development and management of sub-agreements by drafting and approving scopes of work and monitoring progress of contract deliverables and expenses.
- Actively participates in the development of annual continuation applications, grant proposals, presentations, publications, reports and abstracts.
- As a member of ICAP’s Senior Management Team, the Technical Director participates in strategic decision making for the general management of the organization.
- Performs other related duties as directed.
- Travel (up to 10%) within Tanzania may be required.
- Medical degree required; Master’s in public health (in addition to MD) preferred.
Experience, Skills & Minimum Required Qualifications
- Minimum five (5) years of experience in managing public health programs in areas such as HIV, TB, and maternal child health in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Strong supervisory and management skills for leading teams of clinicians and other public health professionals.
- Prior clinical research or program evaluation experience.
- Demonstrated experience working independently.
- Strong problem-solving skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Experience, Skills & Preferred Qualifications
- Knowledge of USG rules and regulation preferred.
- Previous work in Tanzania preferred.
NOTE: This is a local hire position and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP in Tanzania and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and benefits package.
Please send an application letter and CV by email with a subject title “Technical Director” to [email protected].
Please do not attach any certificates when submitting on line. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
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