Senior Programs Officer

Jhpiego - John Hopkins University

Washington D.C., United States


Jhpiego seeks a Senior Program Officer to provide high-quality administrative project management and technical day-to-day direction for a multi-country, multi-million-dollar upcoming Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Workforce for HIV and Chronic Disease Service Delivery Initiative. The project will provide innovative approaches to increasing the capacity, employment, deployment and retention of physicians, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, community health workers (CHWs), social service workers, lay health workers, laboratory technicians and other related cadres that provide primary care and community health services to people living with HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and chronic diseases in U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supported countries within sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The project will operate over a five-year period. This position is contingent upon award from HRSA.

The Senior Program Officer will oversee the implementation of anticipated HRSA global HIV and Chronic Disease Service Delivery Initiative’s country programs, developing relevant project-wide policies and procedures, and working closely with program learning and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) advisors, finance managers, and technical and program teams to monitor, evaluate and report on performance. The Senior Program Officer will collaborate with HRSA bureaus and country missions and stakeholders to leverage resources and coordinate inputs from multiple partners - ensuring that project’s country programs benefit from the breadth and depth of its partners’ expertise, increasing the coverage and quality of evidence-based field interventions, and ensuring client satisfaction. Serve as a liaison between Jhpiego core leadership and country teams and set up systems for communication, program monitoring and reporting, streamlining processes for compliance with HRSA and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and donor requirements. Assist country office staff in working with in-country stakeholders to establish long-range strategies that lead to the development of sustainable programs.The Senior Program Officer will work closely with country implementation teams to ensure that resources are applied appropriately (e.g. human, financial and material). Responsibilities include supervising country technical staff, overseeing annual work planning, implementation and reporting of project activities, representing Jhpiego to donor and partners and management of projects as required. The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for providing problem-solving support, strategic guidance and assistance in strengthening HIV and chronic disease service delivery and human resources for health at country level to the project staff and overseeing the adaptation and/or development of project materials including training curricula. The Senior Program Officer will also participate in the project management committee tasked with providing guidance and advice for project implementation through analysis of country level implementation, data and reports.


  • Provide day-to-day technical and programmatic oversight for design, planning and implementation of country-level activities in support of the project goals and objectives;
  • Provide leadership and direction to project country support teams including orienting members to their roles and responsibilities to carry out the vision and principles of project management;
  • Serve as central point of contact for project country teams;
  • Work with country-level colleagues to ensure rapid scale up of operational activities;
  • Collaborate with project team to support country start-up efforts, including ensuring sound programmatic and financial processes are in place and supporting recruitment efforts;
  • Facilitate communication flow and catalyze sharing of essential information among country field staff, program staff, technical support and HRSA;
  • Facilitate the project team member’s relationship with their designated counterparts within PEPFAR/HRSA at the country and Washington level, country lead organization, Ministries of Health, Ministries of Education as well as private sector partners and other key stakeholders in such as NGOs and CSOs, to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities;
  • Coach country-level program staff to coordinate a comprehensive workplan process involving all relevant parties and partners and ensuring that both core and field activities are incorporated;
  • Provide leadership and direction in ensuring that project’s country programs are implemented soundly, and mentor program staff to address obstacles, including leading discussions among consortium partners to resolve issues;
  • Ensure that program and M&E staff regularly review country program performance against targets and expected results, as well as partner spending and commitments against approved budgets; assist teams to take any needed action;
  • Review and provides input on all quarterly and annual report prepared by country team; ensure timely, complete and accurate reporting;
  • Work closely with Project Managers to strengthen countries’ management and operations systems;
  • Keep project leadership informed of pertinent issues related to the project award (report deadlines, new funding, specific needs of country programs, etc.), including through attendance of periodic leadership meetings and collaborate with project team to address challenges;
  • Support project technical and cross-cutting initiatives in making linkages across technical areas and with country programs, and in strengthening program outputs at the headquarter and country levels;
  • Convey partnership principles, workplan guidance, reporting requirements, and key messages to Country Support Teams;
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations;
  • Work closely with Finance in the analysis of quarterly accruals for field programs, working with project leadership and country teams to develop accurate forecasts and analyzing trends in expenditure.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in public health or related field;
  • A minimum of 10 years progressively senior international health program development and program management experience;
  • In-depth knowledge USG’s programs (HRSA preferred), regulations, compliance and reporting;
  • Previous experience starting up and/or managing field projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of local capacity development efforts, including working with local partners to ensure adherence to all sub-award requirements;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in financial planning and management, human resources, and procurement, among other management support areas/functions;
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of project technical and operational staff;
  • Expertise in research to practice - identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities;
  • Previous experience living and working in developing countries with intimate understanding of the local health system and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment care gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships with government agencies;
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills in English and French (preferred);
  • Experience developing strategic plans in cooperation with others who represent a wide range of interests and needs;
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical and operational capacity of staff in regional and national programs;
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners;
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills;
  • In depth knowledge financial software applications, databases and spreadsheets, including Microsoft Office packages, QuickBooks Enterprise,
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally 30%.

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