Project Director, Country Health Information System and Data Use
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.
Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Project Overview and Role
Seeking a Project Director for a potential upcoming global project focusing on health information system strengthening and data use. The Project Director must have the leadership, depth, and breadth of technical expertise and experience, professional reputation, supervisory and program management experience, interpersonal skills, and professional relationships that demonstrate her or his ability to be a global thought leader in this field, as well as ensure that the diverse global project fulfills its goals and objectives. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. The Project Director will also provide guidance and support on technical activities undertaken by the program with direct supervision of all program implementation.
- Direct the project's strategic vision, design, and implementation with the aim of advancing the project purpose, objectives, and guiding principles.
- Lead development of annual workplans for timely submission to and approval by the client and ensure that agreed activities and targets are fully accomplished, meet expected technical and management quality standards, and are delivered on schedule and on budget.
- Serve as primary point of contact for the client/donor and ensure communications flow smoothly.
- Oversee a team of senior technical and program management staff and facilitate strong communication and coordination with and between all team members.
- Provide oversight of project subcontractors/subawardees, ensure quality and timeliness of deliverables, and facilitate regular communication among implementing partners to encourage maximum participation in the project.
- Develop, manage, and maintain strategic partnerships with USAID, other U.S. government agencies and projects, host-country governments and counterparts, international donors, multilateral organizations, and civil society and private sector partners in developing countries.
- Identify opportunities and negotiate partnership programs to leverage synergistic donor, governmental, and organizational resources.
- Ensure effective internal systems for program delivery; results tracking and reporting; staff recruitment, mobilization, and retention; and contracting and financial management to rapidly, efficiently respond to dynamic program needs.
- Foster innovation and effective approaches in key technical domains including informatics, data analytics and visualization and evidence-based decision making along the continuum of care
- Facilitate proactive technical and programmatic monitoring, evaluation, learning, and adaptation across all levels of the project to mitigate risks to the program and refine program focus to apply lessons learned, respond to emerging needs, and take advantage of new opportunities.
- Develop and oversee a system for the identification and dissemination of good practices and lessons learned from project implementation.
- A Master's Degree in public health, medicine, health economics, international development, business administration, social sciences, or other health- or management-related advanced degree required. A master's degree in epidemiology is preferred.
- At least 10 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing complex public health projects in/for low and middle income countries, of which at least seven years has been spent supporting strategic information for infectious diseases programs including data collection and quality and use of data to make mid-course corrections, scale-up programs and planning.
- Prior experience as Chief of Party, Project Director, Deputy Director, Team Leader, etc., on project(s) of similar scope, scale, and complexity preferred
- Demonstrated international credibility as a leader in the collection, management, analysis and presentation of health program data, and/or the use of data for reaching program priorities.
- Demonstrated experience in building partnerships to achieve mutual goals and objectives, including with U.S. government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, international donors, multilateral organizations, and civil society and private sector partners in developing countries.
- Experience with USAID (highly desirable) and other multilateral organizations (e.g. CDC, WHO, World Bank, DFID, etc.)
- Strong knowledge of the data value chain within the continuum of care
- Strong interpersonal skills for effective communication and interaction within the project and to promote and position the project in the broader global health arena.
- Strong management skills to guide all project human, technical, and financial resources.
- Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English. Professional fluency in additional languages preferred (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese)
- Must be able to travel up to 30%