Sr. Program Officer
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

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Sr. Program Officer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (GI), Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is seeking a Senior Program Officer for an exciting platform called The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a multifaceted program focused on the rapid expansion of urban family planning programs worldwide but with focus on urban poor and slums.

TCI represents a strategic shift away from the traditional model of development: it is demand-driven in which the cities self-select and are required to show political commitment by bringing their own financial, material and human resources to the project; local governments take the lead and can access technical expertise provided by the project at no additional costs as well as apply to TCI's Challenge Fund for additional funding. TCI also leverages funding support from other bilateral, multilateral donors as well as foundations and the private sector. TCI currently works with five Accelerator Hubs covering East and Francophone West Africa (FWA), India, Nigeria and Philippines. A new sixth hub, Pakistan, is projected to come onboard in 2022.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support two hubs in Asia and/or Africa and will be responsible for ensuring the successful implementation of TCI activities and engagement.
  • Ensure that good program management practices and tools are being used to stay on scope, schedule, and budget for TCI activities.
  • Operate with a high level of independent action in providing technical assistance for the development, implementation, monitoring & evaluation of global and country activities.
  • Seamlessly work across TCI's different technical teams including with the program management team including the Deputy Director and Director, Monitoring and Evaluation teams and Finance to monitor expenditures and deliverables are being met on time and of good quality.

  • Manage operations of two hub programs, tracking progress in collaboration with the hub teams and ensure deliverables are met on time.
  • Regular check in calls with hubs to review program status including potential engagement with TCI Leadership as necessary. Monitor program deliverables and budget/activity planning and monitoring, in line with the annual workplan. Report progress and/or raise concerns to TCI's Deputy Director on a weekly basis.
  • Lead management and coordination of hub sub-awards, work plans and multi-funder budgets per the donor and Johns Hopkins University guidelines. Approve all contracts, budgets, and work plans and manage partner budgets to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of TCI resources.
  • Provide remote and in-country direction to hub staff, ensuring in-country teams achieve expected family planning program goals and results within budget and timeframe.
  • Lead all M&E efforts in hubs, in coordination with TCI's M&E team, ensuring project data is regularly reviewed and used for decision-making to ensure sustainability.
  • Remove and approve monthly invoices.
  • Review and provide technical and strategic direction on hub workplans, subagreements and budgets, and annual and financial reports.
  • Conduct mid-term and annual performance reviews of hubs and provide strategic feedback for improvement.
  • Provide day-to-day problem solving, technical input, writing and editing, and procurement processing required by global technical efforts as well as field programs.
  • Support in drafting portions of TCI's annual workplan in coordination with the team.
  • Assist on new business development proposal writing as and when needed.
  • Participate in high-level meetings, international meetings and conferences and present TCI's successes at global events.

  • Lead program reviews with the program teams to ensure necessary program planning, development and management of activities are running smoothly and efficiently.
  • Work in close coordination with the Communication and Marketing Officer to document stories and share successes.
  • Work with the Knowledge Management team to ensure adequate support to hubs
  • Ensure that all information repositories used by the project are kept up to date (i.e., quarterly updates to donor, quarterly report, annual reports, M&E dashboards).

  • Knowledge and experience working in family planning with an interest in and capacity to learn other health areas.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
  • Advanced Degree in Public Health or related field.
  • 5 years' experience managing international health programs.
  • Strong program management skills.
  • Ability to work on fast paced and rapidly changing environment where multi-tasking and flexibility is essential.
  • Superb communication (oral and writing) skills, tact, and sensitivity to a wide range of cultural environments across international settings required.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, SharePoint, website management and program management tools.
  • Experience developing workplans, overseeing budgets, capturing high level notes, daily communication and oversight of international programs.
  • Field oriented and experience in international programming.
  • Experience working in an academic, research, or advocacy environment preferred.
  • Ability to travel for programmatic support up to 25% of the year.
  • A flexible work location arrangement is available.
  • Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in the field, managing international health programs in Africa and/or Asia.
  • Unconventional in thinking and approach - business unusual.
  • Fluency in French.

Additional Information:
  • Regularly communicate and engage in meetings across various international time zones outside of normal business hours
  • Ability to travel for programmatic support up to 25% of the year
  • A flexible work location arrangement is available.

JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF
Starting Salary Range: $70,805 - $90,000 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: School of Public Health
Department name: Popltn Fmly and Reproductive Hlth Srvs
Personnel area: School of Public Health

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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