11 Oct 2023

Program Director, SHL Program at HJFMRI

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Job Description


Join us in our efforts to end the HIV epidemic in Tanzania. Be part of the winning team to advance global health and save the lives of people living with HIV.

About HJFMRI Tanzania

HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI) implements two (2) PEPFAR supported HIV care and treatment programs through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) of the US – Department of Defence (DoD) in close collaboration with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health (MoH) and the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG). The interventions supported under these two programs include HIV Testing Services, Adult and Pediatric Care and Treatment, PMTCT, TB/HIV Collaboration, CECAP, Supply Chain Management, Laboratory Services, Research and Community HIV Services including DREAMS.

The Southern Highlands (SHL) Program works with the Regional and Council Health Management Teams to implement these interventions in Rukwa, Katavi, Mbeya, and Songwe while in Ruvuma region, the program implements Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) intervention only.  The Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) Program implements the same interventions in 21 Military Health facilities in both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.



HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the open positions listed below.


Job Title: Program Director, SHL Program
Reports to: Executive Director 
Job Location: Mbeya 


Position Overview

The Program Director, SHL Program shall oversee the day-to-day technical implementation of the HJFMRI Tanzania Southern Highlands (SHL) PEPFAR HIV Program in line with the approved work plans and budgets, the Tanzania Ministry of Health guidelines, HJF / MRI policies, SOPs and USG rules and regulations. The incumbent will provide technical direction to the SHL Program team to ensure the HJFMRI Tanzania SHL Program deliverables and / or outcomes are met in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The position will direct the development of SHL Program work plans and budgets based on the Country Operational Plan guidance, as well as work plans and budgets implementation and monitoring.


The position will frequently engage and work closely with our Government of Tanzania counterparts [Senior Government Officials from the Ministry of Health, PO-RALG and TACAIDS, as well as Regional Commissioners, Regional Administrative Secretaries, District Commissioners and District Executive Directors in the SHL Program supported regions] on the technical implementation of the SHL Program, including performing liaison roles with WRAIR, PEPFAR Implementing Partners, and other key stakeholders. The position is based in Mbeya and reports to the Executive Director of HJFMRI Tanzania.


Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the day-to-day technical implementation of the HJFMRI Tanzania PEPFAR SHL HIV Program in line with the approved work plans and budgets, Tanzania Ministry of Health guidelines, HJF / MRI policies, SOPs and USG rules and regulations.
  • Lead, supervise, mentor, coach, guide and / or train the Regional Program Manager, Senior Technical Advisor – Community Services, Senior Technical Advisor – Laboratory Services, Senior Technical Advisor – Adult Care &

Treatment, Senior Technical Advisor – HTS and Linkage Services, Senior Technical Advisor – PMTCT & CECAP,

Senior Technical Advisor – Pediatric and Adolescents Care & Treatment, Senior Technical Advisor – TB/HIV & Nutrition, and Senior Technical Advisor – VMMC Services to ensure they have the requisite skills to successfully meet defined SHL Program deliverables or outcomes.

  • Direct the development of the HJFMRI Tanzania SHL Program work plans and budgets based on the Country Operational Plan (COP) guidance.
  • Direct the implementation and monitoring of the HJFMRI Tanzania PEPFAR SHL Program work plans and budgets to ensure successful realization of the SHL Program deliverables.
  • Lead the SHL Program team in the development of response plans or strategies to the Program implementation challenges, including taking the lead in the development of SHL Program responses to the SHL Program related audit findings.
  • Ensure that the SHL Program implementation activities are fully compliant with the Tanzania Ministry of Health guidelines, HJF/MRI policies, SOPs, guidelines, and USG rules and regulations.
  • With specific directives or guidance and support from the Executive Director, represent the HJFMRI-Tanzania Senior Management Team in all matters pertaining to the implementation of the HJFMRI Tanzania PEPFAR SHL Program.
  • Advise the HJFMRI Tanzania Senior Management Team (SMT) on the appropriate course of action or response(s) to developments or emerging issues that may impede the realization of the SHL Program defined outcomes.
  • Advise the Deputy Executive Director (DED) on the technical direction of the SHL Program, including reviewing all SHL Program scope of works and trip reports prior to routing them to the Deputy Executive Director for further review and approval.
  • Collaborate with IHPT/MHRP and other HJF support counterparts to ensure that the SHL Program team is integrated with other HJFMRI Tanzania technical and business / support functions leads to meet HJFMRI’s strategic objectives.
  • Supervise all aspects of Program field operations.
  • Oversee management, delivery, and monitoring of sub-recipient activities.
  • Serve as a principal liaison with the Government of Tanzania, WRAIR, program partners and stakeholders to ensure effective program implementation and to build positive lasting relationships.
  • Ensure efficient management of SHL Program financial resources including the review and approval of SHL Program budget and expenditure monitoring.
  • Assess expenditure, planning and implementing programmatic pivots based on burn rates/financial information.
  • Oversee the program reporting process in line with donor requirements.
  • Supervise program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting and ensure quality control and timeliness of all deliverables as required by the funder.
  • Oversee the preparation of regular and frequent oral and written reports for the senior management team members on the progress of HIV/AIDS program activities, based on data analyzed by the monitoring, evaluation and learning team.
  • Keep abreast of developments regarding program changes and progress, to advise and recommend tools and strategies to increase program performance and results.
  • Liaise with Government stakeholders and partners to ensure stellar performance.
  • Oversee efforts to build programmatic capacity in partner organizations.
  • Liaise closely and regularly with donor, WRAIR/DOD to ensure compliance with all program expectations and requirements.
  • Oversee strategies to increase data use and demand amongst Program and Partners.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with other senior management staff to meet demands for program performance improvement.
  • Work with HJFMRI Home Office staff to implement strategies that improve program performance.
  • Ensure efficient management of financial resources, including the review and approval of program budgets and expenditure monitoring.
  • Take the lead in forging and maintaining strong relationships with all SHL Program stakeholders. 28) Perform other SHL Program duties as directed by the Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree required. Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Economics, Health Policy, or related field preferred.
  • At least ten (10) years’ relevant experience in managing complex health projects in Africa. Six (6) years’ senior level experience required. Experience in Tanzania preferred.
  • Experience leading and / or managing large USG-funded health programs [DoD, USAID, or CDC] including experience in partner relationship management, developing program work plans, developing program budgets, managing program implementation, managing technical teams and experience working with international NGOs in a cross-cultural setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of WRAIR regulations and guidelines (administrative, operations, financial and program reporting, etc.).
  • Knowledge of community-level challenges impacting health and social service delivery.
  • Demonstrated success strengthening local systems and government institutions.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills including a demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Diplomatic and culturally sensitive, enthusiastic for connecting with people of different backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and experience in identifying and evaluating best practices in continuous quality improvement, data for decision-making, and program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to travel regularly within Tanzania.
  • Ability to effectively handle change and present ideas that motivate staff to strive for increased program effectiveness.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship skills, including flexibility, diplomacy, intercultural communicative competence, and respect for colleagues.
  • Analytical, problem solving and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Demonstrate high integrity and strong values, including confidentiality.
  • Ability to build and maintain sound relationships with multi stakeholders; competence to build and effectively manage interpersonal relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to multitask, successfully manage work pressure, with minimum supervision.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications.
  • Ability to meet and communicate schedules and deadlines.
  • Demonstrate exceptional professional judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage program activities and staff and ability to model teamwork behaviors and team building skills.
  • Must have respect for ethics and fiscal stewardship.
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Method of Application

All applications (cover letter and updated CV with three professional referees, in PDF format) should be submitted to [email protected] not later than 13th October 2023. Hand-delivered applications shall not be accepted. To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. As detailed in the job description(s) below, those who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.

HJFMRI is an equal-opportunity Employer. Women are encouraged to Apply. 

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