Program Officer II MCSP Regional Zika Response

Location US-DC
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/8/2018 5:05 PM)
Job ID
US Based Positions


This position will support the Maternal and Child Survival Program’s (MCSP’s) Zika team. MCSP is a global U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program to introduce and support high-impact health interventions in 24 priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths (EPMCD). The Program Officer II will provide specific support to Zika program management tasks in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region, and will foster collaboration with other MCSP technical and cross-cutting teams. The Program Officer II will report directly to the MCSP Zika Response Team Leader.


  • Work collaboratively with program team members to ensure necessary program planning, development, resources availability, and management activities function smoothly and efficiently for Zika Response Programs in Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, and Trinidad
  • Contribute to development of quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports, and other reports as requested, in collaboration with relevant technical staff, partners, and collaborating teams
  • Support financial management tasks including development and tracking of program and partner budgets; support finance and technical staff in the tracking and reporting of program expenditures 
  • Support technical advisors (including consultants where appropriate) including identification of TA needs, execution of SOWs, and reporting of results 
  • Promote and support information management and sharing efforts, program documentation and dissemination of results, and interaction with field programs to track the use of centrally developed tools and materials
  • Ensure compliance with Jhpiego and JHU operational policies and regulations 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with government officials, donors, stakeholders, MCSP partners/other technical teams, as well as Jhpiego Baltimore staff and consultants for effective Zika response program implementation across the ESC region
  • Represent project team with USAID and others as appropriate
  • Review and approve sub-award quarterly narrative reports to approve invoicing and incorporate data into project reports
  • Work closely with technical teams, consultants, and health authorities to ensure a smooth implementation of program activities
  • Contribute to the programmatic leadership to ensure strategic programmatic and financial integrity of the project, includes participating in team meetings
  • Establish and maintain system for tracking deliverables against work plan, including creating templates/knowledge management tools to facilitate effective data capture; creating a master calendar; and ensuring the activities conducted are tied to work plan
  • Work collaboratively with team members to ensure program planning, development, resource availability, and management of activities function smoothly and efficiently
  • Promote and support the dissemination of project information among the project team
  • Support program strategy formulation, including development of goals and objectives, and support the process of designing appropriate approaches to attain them
  • Work with technical and program teams to ensure coordination and management of field activities
  • Work collaboratively with finance staff and lead technical staff to prepare and track the progress of project and activity budgets
  • Contribute to programmatic leadership to ensure strategic programmatic and financial integrity of the project
  • Liaise with HQ program staff to ensure necessary program planning and management activities function smoothly and efficiently
  • Support communication pathways and activity planning between HQ and Country contacts, including clinical mentors



  • Support M&E team as needed or requested by following up with facility-based staff requested to report on work-plan activities
  • Participate in clinical mentor or contractor interviews as needed
  • Participate in external events/meetings/activities at least twice per month in support of activity implementation and monitoring
  • Assist in the oversight of sub-awards and their deliverables
  • Promote capacity building and leadership among clinical mentors, and link them to available resources or appropriate persons to respond to their

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health or related field
  • 7 years’ experience managing international health programs
  • Strong programming, management and technical skills, with specific experience managing Zika response activities in developing countries
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Excellent presentation skills and verbal and written communications skills
  • Team player with good perspective of field programs
  • Ability to manage several major activities simultaneously
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines, and intense pressure to perform
  • Strong change management, results oriented, and decision making skills
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Aware of and sensitive to working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural groups in a developing country environment
  • Appreciation for socio-cultural differences in countries
  • Experience working in the Latin America/Caribbean region
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time to countries in the ESC region

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in one or more English-speaking Caribbean countries


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