Project Lead, Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness
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PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (TIMCI) is a global effort led by PATH to accelerate availability, adoption and scale-up of tools to identify severe illness and decrease mortality in children under five years of age. PATH and its primary partner, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), will implement a four-year project funded by Unitaid. TIMCI has two major goals that both seek to improve detection of severe disease in children under five: 1) to improve healthcare workers’ ability to diagnose severe disease by equipping them with pulse oximeters (POX) and electronic decision support tools; and 2) to accelerate the development and market entry of non-invasive devices that augment the features of a standard POX with one or more additional vital sign measurements. This high profile and potentially high impact project will begin in July 2019 and will take place in five countries: Kenya, Myanmar, Senegal, Tanzania, and the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
PATH is seeking a Project Lead to lead the TIMCI project implementation in Tanzania. With a strong clinical background, the Tanzania project leader will bring a passion for child health, market shaping, evidence-generation and project implementation in low resource settings. The Country Project Lead will report primarily to the Tanzania Country Program Representative and secondarily to the TIMCI Project Director. The Project Lead will be responsible for project leadership and management for all activities in their country with support from an in-country team and working closely with a global team. The Project Lead will also work closely with members of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG) as well as representatives from key partner organizations such as the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization, and members of industry.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
- Serve as the overall leader of project activities in Tanzania
- Work closely with the health officials of related departments of MoHCDGEC and PORALG to ensure buy-in and alignment with project goals, activities and outcomes.
- Lead, in close partnership with the MoHCDGEC and PORALG, development and implementation of the program including supporting components such as clinical training materials, community engagement plans, and monitoring tools.
- Responsible for interactions and presentations to the Technical Working Group (TWG) in Tanzania; ensuring the TWG is informed and facilitating decisions and buy-in on key project outcomes.
- Build and maintain relationships with local and regional decision-makers and influencers to update polices and create and implement scale-up and financing strategies.
- Act as liaison/resource between the implementation and research activities and research partners (Swiss TPH and Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) maintaining in-country connectivity with PATH and enabling high-level oversight.
- Lead the Country Implementation Working Group and participate on the Global Implementation Team.
- Actively engage with PATH staff, Swiss TPH, country partners, MoHCDGEC and PORALG and other key stakeholders to gain alignment and ensure high quality delivery of project outputs.
- Lead or contribute to publications and dissemination as required.
- Required Experience
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, science or medicine, business administration, public policy, or equivalent.
- Minimum of 7 years of experience managing multi-site, complex health related programs in Tanzania.
- Demonstrated ability to manage large multidisciplinary teams, collaborate with internal and external partners, provide technical assistance, and coordinate implementation activities.
- Exceptional problem solving, bridge building, and diplomacy abilities.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals.
- Comfortable managing in a flexible and changing environment, with ability to be ready to adjust plans and direction in response to local feedback and the iterative nature of the project.
- Excellent organization, attention to detail, coordinating, and management skills.
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills; demonstrated representational experience in professional and global fora.
- Experience implementing new programs into integrating them into existing systems desired.
- Doctor of Medicine or clinical background strongly preferred.
- Experience with electronic decision support tools and/or health diagnostic tools desired.
- Experience introducing new tools and/or processes at the primary health care level a plus.
Must have legal authorization to work in TanzaniaADVERTISEMENT
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