Global Director, Safe Surgery

3 weeks ago
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The Global Director for Safe Surgery is responsible for the technical design, quality, and results of the safe surgery portfolio and leads partnership engagement to expand the program globally. The Safe Surgery Director drives the strategic direction of the portfolio, and seeks innovations to change the trajectory of the status quo.  Working in close collaboration with the Vice President and Senior Director of Innovations, the Director will lead and manage a multi-country (primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia), multi-disciplinary team of surgeons and other clinical personnel including nurses, doctors, managers and public health specialists to shape successful program outcomes and drive impact to save lives.  A highly motivated, experienced, and dynamic senior clinical leader in obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or anesthesiology, the Director will champion technical excellence, access and task sharing to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and ensure equity.



  • Drive the development of the vision and strategic plan for Global Safe Surgery at Jhpiego and oversee progress of program implementation at country level to achieve public health impact.
  • Ensure global leadership for Jhpiego in the area of Safe Surgery by serving on external advisory boards or working groups and representing  at global, regional and country-level conferences and other fora
  • Ensure Jhpiego’s continued technical excellence to ensure the highest clinical and program standards and comply with Jhpiego's  norms, strategies and technical approaches
  • Lead a multi-Disciplinary team for the design and execution of the strategy and work collaboratively across the other units to identify synergistic opportunities  with Global Program Operations, Technical Leadership Office, New Program Development, and Innovations to harness the deep talent of the organization
  • Develop and maintain excellent professional relationships with governments, global institutions, colleagues and donors worldwide to maximize Jhpiego’s impact and leverage, including developing new business opportunities, securing funding, and contributing to positioning, leads development, and proposal design and production
  • Manage staff and work with the team to prioritize annual objectives that drive outcome and impact.
  • Oversee the Unit budget and be accountable for financial stewardship and results. 
  • In collaboration with Innovations Unit conceptualize, develop and promote adoption of design processes, innovative processes and products in safe surgery including human centered design, problem-solving methodologies, etc.
  • Collaborate with Global Communications team to build, maintain and expand Jhpiego’s reputation in Safe Surgery.
  • Keep abreast of, and ensure latest technical guidance on Safe Surgery, ensuring thereby that best practices are widely disseminated and used
  • Support processes that allow for capacity building, coaching and mentoring of staff at HQ and country level.
  • Maintain and expand a network of global health, surgical, and clinical individual and organizational contacts
  • Collaborate with Jhpiego colleagues to foster external relations, build partnerships and increase new business in safe surgery
  • Document experience of Jhpiego's safe surgery work and pursue publication of the work in academic journals, professional association proceedings 

Required Qualifications

  • Professional higher qualification, expertise and practice in general surgery, anesthesiology or obstetrics and gynecology
  • Clinical experience in low-resource settings required
  • A minimum of 10 years’  experience in international health and development programs
  • A minimum of 5 years managing staff
  • In-depth understanding of evolving trends, priorities and donor expectations in global health and safe surgery in particular
  • Track record of leadership in implementation science and using data to inform decision-making as evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated ability to manage donor funded public health projects and budgets
  • Experience developing successful, replicable and sustainable projects in ESA region or country
  • Proven leadership skills and expertise in strategic program planning, implementation and management
  • A team player accustomed to building team capacity, delegating working teams, and developing communities of learning among host country partners and counterparts
  • Ability to work in complex environments with multiple tasks, short deadlines and pressure to perform
  • Ability to travel internationally independently up to 30%
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with high-level partners, collaborators, donors, and government officials internationally
  • Proven record of effective team leadership and management
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • Public health degree preferred  
  • Credentials to support a senior faculty appointment at JHU
  • Fluency in French

All applicants should prepare a single document submission to include: cover letter, CV, references and salary history


Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package including: medical and dental plans; paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; personal accident insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; life and disability insurance; travel insurance; education assistance plan and more.

For further information about Jhpiego, visit our website at                         

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

JHU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


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