ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners. ACHIEVE is led by Pact, in partnership with Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide, and WI-HER
As part of USAID/Namibia’s DREAMS programming for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), ACHIEVE in Namibia will be led by Jhpiego and will implement DREAMS interventions in two geographic regions (East Kavango and Oshana) and 4 districts. Jhpiego, through ACHIEVE, is looking for a Project Director consultant who will be working with ACHIEVE Namibia team to implement DREAMS activities focusing on HIV prevention and integration to SRH services and linkage to care and treatment services, gender-based violence prevention and care services, HIV impact mitigation, education and economic empowerment
Technical & Program Leadership
• Provide technical leadership and direction in the development of ACHIEVE DREAMS annual work plans and budgets
• Ensure the ACHIEVE DREAMS Project is implemented according to PEPFAR/USAID standards and guidelines
• Develop and maintain routine communication with project team including community care workers to facilitate routine identification of quality gaps and provide support to improve service delivery to DREAMS beneficiaries.
• Ensure development/adaptation of project monitoring and evaluation/data collection tools
• Ensure weekly tracking of performance and facilitate project team utilization of data to guide program interventions
• Participate in national TWG meetings and in coordination with the Jhpiego Country Director, represent ACHIEVE and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
• Maintain regular communication with ACHIEVE HQ technical and program staff to drive efficient and compliant program operation
• Ensure that Jhpiego’s project management approaches and tools are utilized in management of projects
• Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions
• Participate in program planning and review meetings, as well as represent program (as necessary) in relevant partner and district meetings
• Support knowledge management through documentation and recording of good practices.
• Support in review and development of key messages and training materials
• Support knowledge management through the on-line resource platform
• Ensure compliance with USAID regulations as well as implementation of Jhpiego
• Provide day-to-day technical and programmatic oversight for design, planning and implementation of activities in support of the ACHIEVE’s goals and objectives
• Work closely with Country Director and finance team to ensure tracking of the budget on a regular basis.
• Foster relationships with implementing partners, MOHSS, Ministry of Gender, in coordination with the Jhpiego Country Director
• Serve as a member of Jhpiego’s Senior Management Team in Namibia, and to contribute to the mentoring, and managing a team of highly qualified staff and aligns their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
• Oversee technical and programmatic capacity building for project staff and community care workers.
• Responsible for development of accurate and timely project reports to USAID, in line with USAID’s reporting requirements
• Ensure that program is technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the needs of Namibia, its people, and donor
Advanced degree (minimum Master’s) in public health, health administration, international health or a related field, or extensive experience in the field that proves the candidate has gained the necessary knowledge, skill, and abilities to be able to perform the functions of the advertised position proficiently.
A minimum ten years’ project management experience
Management, training or clinical background in HIV prevention, preferably with a DREAMS or community-based program
Excellent diplomacy, interpersonal and professional communication skills; demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, management, and representational skills.
Decisiveness- makes quick and appropriate decisions as required
Ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels
Integrity- acts according to Jhpiego core values; uses ethical considerations to guide decisions
Time management- manages conflicting priorities to meet deadlines under strict time constraints
Knowledge of USG and PEPFAR programs, regulations, compliance, and reporting (preferred management experience with USG programs).
Capacity for analyzing technical and programmatic issues; experience developing solutions, assisting in the design of related operational research, and translating research into practice.
Strong writing and oral presentation skills, including fluency in English and local languages
Ability to travel nationally and internationally (up to 50% of time).
• Local candidates and permanent residents preferred