Country Program Director (Based in Guyana)
The Department of Global Health and Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine seeks qualified development professionals to serve as the Country Program Director for Mount Sinai’s programs in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. The Country Program Director will lead the in-country implementation for an upcoming funded program to advise Guyana’s Ministry of Health on the development and implementation of a National Health Strategy and other programs to support and strengthen Guyana’s National Health System. This initial three-year program will support the development of strategy and programs focused on strengthening governance, operational management, health information systems, health workforce, health care service delivery and systems, public health financing, and public health and primary care from the community to tertiary care centers in Guyana. The position will be located in Georgetown, Guyana and may require regional or international travel.
The Country Program Director will oversee program implementation in Guyana ensuring program quality,
alignment, and collaboration with key program stakeholders. They will facilitate, coordinate, and oversee advisory teams from Mount Sinai as they support the Ministry of Health and government of Guyana develop and implement a National Health Strategy and other programs to strengthen Guyana’s national health system. The Country Program Director will serve on the program’s executive leadership team reporting to Mount Sinai’s program director.
The Country Program Director will also serve as the program’s primary liaison with key stakeholders including senior government officials of the health, finance, education and other ministries, administrators and faculty at select academic partner institutions, representatives from major public and private sector partners, clinical and health system leaders, regional government authorities, and diplomatic missions including development agency representatives, PAHO, and other program stakeholders. The Country Program Director will establish and manage a small program team in Guyana to support program implementation. They will model effective management, mentoring and guiding program team members, and ensuring adherence to good business practices and stewardship of program resources and funds in Guyana.
They will help lead refinement and implementation of approved program work plans and be responsible for the timely completion of key program goals and deliverables. They will play a critical role in standing-up early phase operations and programs in Guyana, building key counterpart relationships needed for successful program implementation, facilitating advisory teamwork, and ensuring in-country operations are successfully implemented, appropriately supported, and consistent with approved contract terms as well as government partner expectations and needs.
The position will be in Georgetown, Guyana and will require regional and international travel as well as relocation for the duration of the project. This position is grant-funded and or gift-funded and is contingent upon sufficient funding.
● A minimum of 7 years of experience in managing and implementing health systems strengthening, health worker development, community-based health, or other global health programs in developing countries.
● A demonstrated track record of building and leading diverse, gender equitable teams in global health settings through leadership, recruitment, training, mentorship, and other activities to support and promote a diverse and equitable environment for faculty, staff, and students.
● Significant and recent experience in a leadership role on a sponsored program related to global health
● Excellent management and communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, cross-cultural understanding, diplomacy and outreach skills to establish and maintain positive working relationships with host governments, donors, and other stakeholders
● Strong previous experience living and working on donor-funded health and development initiatives in Guyana and/or the Caribbean and South American region strongly preferred.
● Strong language skills (preferably bilingual in English and Spanish) preferred
● Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field from an accredited university. Highly competitive candidates will have a graduate degree (MD, JD and/or Ph.D.) in the biomedical sciences, public health, social sciences or a related field.
● Demonstrated experience and understanding of health system and care delivery structures, academic medicine and research, program development, monitoring and evaluation, and systems strengthening, and improvement is highly desired