Deputy Program Director


Jhpiego is recruiting for the position of Deputy Program Director.

Lusaka, Zambia

Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, builds global and local partnerships to enhance the quality of healthcare Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, builds global and local partnerships to enhance the quality of healthcare services for women and families around the world. Jhpiego is a global leader in the creation of innovative and effective approaches to developing human resources for health.

Position Overview

The Deputy Program Director (DPD) will provide operational and management leadership for an upcoming U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)-funded project to support the Defense Force of Zambia (DFZ) to reach sustainable control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The DPD will lead the team responsible for coordinated, effective implementation responsive to district needs.

The DPD will oversee day-to-day management of workplan implementation, ensuring activities are executed on time, on scope and within budget. S/he will oversee adaptive management approaches to respond to changing context to achieve results, set up and manage project controls and risk management strategies to ensure compliance, and facilitate regular project-wide reviews of progress toward deliverables, cost performance, and risk management.   This position is contingent award by the donor. 


Implementation and Adaptive Management 

  • In collaboration with Technical Director, oversee day-to-day management of project activities and implementation of project workplan, ensuring they are executed on time, on scope, and within budget
  • Lead process for developing project’s annual planning cycle engagement plan and report
  • Design and oversee adaptive program management approaches and processes to respond to changing context and environment in order to achieve results
  • Facilitate annual work planning, in close collaboration with DOD, DFZ, Ministry of Health, project team and project partners

Risk Management, Controls and Compliance 

  • Working closely with Program Director, Technical Director and Finance and Administration (F&A) Director, ensure adequate controls in place to manage project scope, schedule and cost
  • Working closely with the F&A Director, ensure compliance with operational policies and regulations, and with US government rules and regulations.
  • Lead project’s risk management strategies and ensure compliance with contractual requirements

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning 

  • Working closely with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director and F&A Director, facilitate project-wide reviews of progress toward achieving project deliverables, cost performance, and risk management.
  • Support MEL Director to implement efficient and effective mechanisms for regular reporting across the project in line with USG reporting requirements, and ensure complete and comprehensive project reports are delivered per schedule
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of project outcomes and results
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to key stakeholders during meetings, conferences, and presentations

Management and Capacity Building 

  • Supervise provincial technical assistance leads and contribute to building, mentoring, and managing a team of highly qualified staff

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a mid-to-senior management (project administrative and financial) position for large (approximately $8M – $12M per year), complex, multi-year international development programs that have implemented successful activities in areas such as reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition; DOD or USG project management experience preferred
  • Masters in public health, management, health administration, public administration, business administration or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and implement efficient program management processes and systems across a large, decentralized program
  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of local partners capacity development efforts and develop institutional capacity
  • Proven leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of project staff and demonstrated ability to build, manage and motivate a cross-sectoral team
  • with In depth understanding of the Zambian health system
  • In-depth understanding of USG regulations and compliance
  • Excellent verbal, written including report writing, interpersonal, and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop capacity of staff and counterparts
  • Ability to travel nationally

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Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

The closing date is January 31, 2023

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