ICAP is seeking qualified and experienced applicants for the role of Project Director (PD).

The PD will be the primary point of contact with CDC, National Department of Health (NDOH), provincial and local district government counterparts, and partner institutions, and will foster partnerships and collaboration with key stakeholders.

The PD will work to ensure that program activities are completed on time, within budget, and in line with CDC requirements.

Project Title: Strengthening the Health System Capacity to Implement HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment Services in the Republic of South Africa under PEPFAR

Project Description: In alignment with World Health Organization (WHO) health system building blocks, project activities will reflect the South African National Department of Health (DOH)’s priorities in human resources for health (HRH), service delivery, information systems, and leadership and governance for sustainable results.

Grant Funded.


  • Ensure effective implementation and coordination of HSS project activities, continually monitoring the progress towards the achievement of project goals and objectives.
  • Work in collaboration with the Principal Investigator at ICAP HQ, ICAP’s in-country Country Director, Deputy Project Director, M&E Director, and Finance and Administration Director, to ensure effective implementation and coordination of project activities.
  • Oversee all activities, outputs, and outcomes related to project management and administration, including reporting, budget development and monitoring, financial transactions, execution of project plans, and project performance monitoring and evaluation.
  • Actively participate in the development of innovative approaches to service delivery, HIV prevention and training of healthcare professionals.
  • Provide leadership in the design, analysis, and synthesis of interventions, and ensure subsequent quality and maximum sustainability.
  • Inform policy development for health system strengthening, specifically HRH, through the effective use of data.
  • Lead the annual work planning process and contribute to planning meetings with the donor.
  • Manage a project team of highly qualified staff, aligning their efforts with project goals.
  • Troubleshoot to prevent and resolve potential programmatic challenges, and review outputs for quality control.
  • Represent the project in all matters pertaining to the execution of project-related activities including interactions with the most senior levels representatives of NDOH, provincial and local government counterparts, CDC and partner institutions.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and alliances with the other USG partners and funders, which may include private sector partnerships.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of project activities and results to the donor and ICAP HQ.
  • Present progress, achievements, and lessons learned to key stakeholders, including the donor, government officials, and other implementing partners.
  • Prepare briefing documents on the project at the request of the donor or DoH.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD, Medical Degree, or Master’s degree in public health, health management, international development or related field.

    Experience, Skills and Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 10 years experience in the design, implementation and senior management of HIV programs or related public health programs, preferably in South Africa or other sub-Saharan Africa countries.
  • Exhibit a high level of diplomacy and the ability to work with government partners at multiple levels in resource-constrained settings.
  • Evidence of strong senior management, leadership, and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated experience managing CDC or other donor-financed projects with a strong familiarity and command of CDC regulations and compliance requirements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • English essential with the ability to converse in a local language(s) preferable.

    Travel Requirements

  • Periodic travel throughout the region to support project planning and implementation.

    How to Apply:

    Please combine your CV and cover letter into a single document, and save as “1920_Yourlastname.” Send by email with subject title, “1920 HRH Policy” to icap-jobs@cumc.columbia.edu

    Notice: This position’s availability is contingent upon award to ICAP.

    This job posting summarizes the principal duties and responsibilities of this position, and is in no way a contract of employment. Actual scope of tasks will be determined by Management, who reserve the right revise and edit this document at any point.

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