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Director for Country Operations

The Director for Country Operations has primary responsibility for ensuring that MSH operations in Gabon are functioning efficiently and effectively, and are aligned to support attainment of project results and client expectations.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Plan and manage an adaptable and scalable COMU structure and staffing in line with available resources and responsive to project priorities, needs and deadlines. Provide direction and support to all members of the Project teams to ensure adherence to and fulfillment of programmatic activities within budgetary guidelines and compliance with the requirements of the applicable awards.
  • Responsible for providing equitable, effective, timely, cost-effective, and responsive and high‐quality operations and administrative support through well-adjusted systems to all MSH in-country projects within local laws and available resources, and in an environment with adequate internal controls, adherence to contracts regulations, MSH policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Develop and monitor the Project’s budget and complies with all required financial reporting according to MSH standards and Government of Gabon (GOG) requirements. Maintain accurate expenditure and cash flow projections. Contribute to briefings for GoG as appropriate. Advise the Country Representative on financial implications of project implementation decisions and alternatives.
  • Establish and implement fiscal controls and reporting systems to track and monitor funds accurately and control disbursements so that resources are correctly directed to their intended use for technical support activities.
  • Oversee COMU staffing and structure including administrative supervision, management of work flow, and performance management.
  • Coordinate execution of internal/external financial, operations and program reviews or audits, and ensure timely follow up to reviews or audits conclusions and recommendations.
  • Facilitate decisions with country management team and headquarters key points of contact on operational and financial matters as needed.
  • Act as fiduciary responsibility, safeguarding GoG and MSH assets. Act as signatory authority for Project expenses.
  • Promote and facilitate development of staff and sustainable systems, and participate in international cross-fertilization and knowledge exchange among COMUs.
  • Contribute leadership and talents to business and resource development and strategic communication activities that contribute to the sustainability or expansion of MSH’s programs.


  • Master’s degree in Business Management (MBA) or in other areas relevant to management such as logistics, finances, project management or equivalent relevant experience required.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ senior level experience managing complex health or development programs of a similar scale with significant operations and financial management experience required. Relevant experience in subcontract and grant management preferred.
  • Experience managing large donor-funded programs and thorough knowledge of applicable regulations and requirements.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills; experience mentoring and supervising staff at all levels within the organization.
  • Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills demonstrated by ability to work both independently and within a team, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities with attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining partnerships with other projects, local organizations, host country governments, donors, and international agencies.
  • Excellent conceptualization, facilitation, and planning skills. Possess outstanding professional reputation and have strong demonstrated interpersonal, written, and oral presentation skills. Excellent demonstrated cross-cultural communication and active listening skills.
  • Expert skills in Excel Spreadsheets, QuickBooks or similar accounting software, as well as Word; comfortable in a Windows PC environment.
  • Fluency in English and French required.

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

    How to apply:

    To apply for this position, please submit a resume to Director for Country Operations. For more information about MSH, please visit our web site at Management Sciences for Health Website.

    If you cannot apply online or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to iRecruiterproblem [at]

    Country » DRC

    Country Project Director

    Specific Responsibilities:

    Vision, Technical Strategy and Results

  • Develop and manage the Results Framework, Performance Monitoring Plan, Technical Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan, annual project work plans, technical assistance plan and budget for SIAPS technical assistance in the country, in collaboration with Arlington-based Portfolio Manager and Technical Advisors, as per USAID Mission requirements, obligations, MSH technical frameworks, approaches and standards, and Results Management Systems (RMS) guidelines.
  • Manage the implementation of SIAPS technical activities at the national, provincial/regional, and facility levels ensuring that all activities are adequately and timely implemented and that they adequately address pharmaceutical and commodity management needs at the different levels of the system to meet the expectations of clients, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the provision of technical assistance to program activities and review of technical reports developed by other team members and/or consultants ensuring the quality of delivered products and that reports/recommendations are appropriately disseminated among partners.
  • Monitor SIAPS training and on-site capacity building activities, ensuring the development of local institutional and personal capacities needed to maintain adequate pharmaceutical management systems to ensure country ownership and sustainability of interventions.
  • In collaboration with the Portfolio Manager and SIAPS Performance and M&E Specialist, ensure implementation of the SIAPS M&E plan.
  • Maintain close interaction with Portfolio Manager based in Arlington to ensure adequate support to the country program, completion of work and the achievement of targets in a timely fashion that is within budget. He or she ensures that plan adjustments are made and documented as necessary.

    Documentation and Communication

  • Maintain all verbal and written communications with the local USG team and represent SIAPS in meetings with external partners including the USAID Mission, CDC office, the Ministry of Health, the Global Fund, the Clinton Foundation, MSH projects in country, as well as other partners implementing health activities, and ensuring identification and coordination of commodity management priorities in support of national and USAID priorities.
  • Ensure the development of regular activity updates and their timely submission to the local Mission, and the development of quarterly and annual progress reports and other reports as required to be submitted to SIAPS Program home office in Arlington.
  • Ensure the timely update of the SIAPS Strategic Monitoring System (SMS), USAID TraiNet, external website, financial reports, and other reports as maybe required form time to time.
  • Ensure quarterly submission of technical documentation to MSH's central Institutional Memory System (IMS), clients, partners and stakeholders

    Project Management

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the country office and serve as a liaison with the home office to ensure that logistics, contracts, letters of agreement, and any approvals are adequately in place in support of program activities. Also, ensure adherence to MSH office management and accounting procedures.
  • Conduct budget monitoring and cost control based on sound financial and accounting principles, MSH Standard Operating Procedures, MSH and SIAPS reporting requirements.
  • Ensure implementation of activities in compliance with SIAPS cooperative agreement, MSH and USAID policies, regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS).
  • Ensure project staffing, structure and reporting relationships are aligned with country needs, local context and available resources.
  • Promote and facilitate staff participation in MSH's Technical Exchange Networks (TEN) and south-to south exchanges.
  • Manage human resources as per MSH values, policies and guidelines, and implement an effective performance-management program focusing on results and individual accountability, including regular check-ins, annual appraisals, supportive supervision, rewards, training, coaching and career development support.

    Client Relations

  • Build and maintain strong working relations with key internal and external stakeholders, beneficiaries, subcontractors, suppliers and partners. Provide effective and timely responses to inquiries and concerns.
  • Ensure effective dialogue and relationships with clients, beneficiaries, partners, coworkers and other local and international stakeholders.


  • Collaborate with the MSH Country Representative and participate as required in activities organized in the context of MSH Representation in country.
  • Ensure harmonious collaboration with, and cost-effective use of, the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU).
  • Collaborate with the MSH Office of Strategic Development and Communications in aspects of strategic communication, etc.
  • Ensure effective collaboration, coordination and internal partnerships with other MSH projects, Centers and Offices to build synergies across programs for maximum impact.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in a health-related field with specialized training and/or experience relating to pharmaceutical management required; physician, nurse, or pharmacist qualification preferred.
  • At least 5 years’ demonstrated relevant experience in pharmaceutical management and/or health care systems development and strengthening in developing country context required.
  • Relevant experience in international public health with experience in pharmaceutical management and systems strengthening strongly preferred, particularly those related to the implementation of reproductive health, MCH, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB prevention, care, and treatment programs in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated managerial and organizational skills in a development country setting with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients, and consultants.
  • Interest in and experience managing and supervising technical staff.
  • Experience with public health programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and international agencies such as WHO and World Bank preferred.
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, CAs, and donor organizations.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English are essential.
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically as required to support the progress of program activities.
  • Long-term working resident of the assigned country, proficiency in the major local languages and demonstrated experience and knowledge of the assigned country highly preferred.
  • Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

    How to apply:

    To apply for this position, please submit a resume to Country Project Director.

    For more information about MSH, please visit our web site at Management Sciences for Health Website.

    If you cannot apply online or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to iRecruiterproblem [at]

    Country » Burundi

    Senior Technical Advisor, Malaria Program/Global Fund Liaison

    The work involves complex and interrelated processes. The political environment requires a high degree of sensitivity and diplomacy in supporting the PNILP, establishing dialogue with stakeholders, and developing activities to prevent and treat malaria.

    The incumbent will require a depth of expertise that will allow her/him to provide leadership and management in malaria-related issues and programs, including the capability to identify and systematize otherwise diffuse issues.

    Specific Responsibilities:

  • The Senior Technical Advisor, Malaria Program/Global Fund Liaison, provides professional leadership support to the PNILP for the achievement of objectives set forth in its strategic plan. The principal task of the incumbent is to provide overall management, technical guidance and leadership to the PNILP team around national policies and strategies and support to the Global Fund supported grants.
  • Assist the PNILP and the Ministry of Health with initiating and conducting policy dialogue between the Global Fund Portfolio Manager and country team to troubleshoot as necessary to facilitate implementation of existing grants and development of Concept Note for new grants under the Global Fund New Funding Model.
  • Be a full member of the RBM in country partnership and participate in all quarterly coordination meetings.
  • Collaborate with senior staff of the PNILP, implementing partners, and other partners, such as WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, and NGOs to identify malaria control intervention gaps in Burundi, consistent with the malaria control coverage needs identified by the Burundi malaria strategic plan 2013-17 PNILP.
  • Assist the PNILP with advocacy for resource mobilization for malaria control from new potential partners including the private sector, international NGOs.
  • Provide targeted technical assistance to the PNILP to enhance financial management systems and processes for managing funds accountably and effectively.
  • Work with the PNILP and other appropriate partners to ensure full accountability and value for the resources provided for PNILP functioning.
  • Communicate on a regular basis and work jointly with other malaria stakeholders including the private sector and ensure that malaria activities are being implemented in coordination with and complementary to other USG health support, close coordination with USAID/Burundi malaria technical advisor, other malaria donors (UNICEF, WHO and the Global Fund, Department of Defense) as required.
  • Assist the PNILP in developing plans to for future Global Fund concept notes. This includes providing managerial support to the PNILP leadership to brainstorm and identify technical interventions to be covered by future funding from the Global Fund.

    This incumbent is not expected to play any supervisory role at the PNILP. S/He will receive administrative supervision from the LMG/Burundi support team with technical supervision from the USAID/ Burundi Malaria Technical Advisor and the PNILP Director, who will contribute to her/his evaluation.


  • Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or MD) in a health-related field or management field required. Specialized experience in malaria is not required, but preferred.
  • At least ten years of experience in progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing and managing malaria and other health programs in developing countries, with a preference given to candidates with African experience.
  • Demonstrated experience managing successful teams comprised of experienced professionals.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy experience and problem solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment are required.
  • Experience with USAID-funded public health programs preferred; demonstrated technical capacity in financial management required.
  • At least five years of experience with or good knowledge of Global Fund operating procedures and financial management processes (proposal development and submission, monitoring and evaluation, PSM plan and reporting).
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of Burundian and USG personnel and partners, and have demonstrated skills in donor coordination and collaboration. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, program and administrative matters is a must.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and communicate information to both health and non-health audiences, and achieve consensus on policy, project, research, and administrative matters.
  • Proven ability to communicate quickly, clearly and concisely – both orally and in writing -- in English and French is essential.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, tact and diplomacy are required to establish and develop sustainable working relationships at the highest level and a high level of trust with public/private organizations. Verbal communication skills are also used to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts, partners and team members. Excellent written communication skills are required to prepare regular and ad hoc reports, activity documentation and briefing papers.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook, Access, SPSS and other statistical and other relevant software) are required for effectively operating in this position. Good computer skills are required to implement, analyze, and monitor, and manage activity goals, inputs, outcomes, and achievements.

    How to apply:

    To apply for this position, please submit a resume to Senior Technical Advisor, Malaria Program/Global Fund Liaison.

    For more information about MSH, please visit our web site at Management Sciences for Health Website.

    If you cannot apply online or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to iRecruiterproblem [at]

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