Sr. Program Officer

Jhpiego Published: February 27, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
Job Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?


Sr. Program Officer will support country programs including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, maternal and neonatal health and malaria. Responsibilities include program management, developing budgets and reviewing project expenditures with finance staff, work plan development and tracking deliverables, reporting, new program development, materials and communications development and knowledge management functions. Sr. Program Officer will work closely with technical, programmatic, and field staff within Jhpiego headquarters and field offices, and with partner organizations in collaborative projects.   The Sr. Program Officer will also represent Jhpiego in external meetings with donors and strategic partners to ensure strong collaboration between Jhpiego and local governments, donors and sponsors.


  • Lead program reviews with program teams (including technical, program, M&E and finance) to ensure necessary program planning, development and management activities function smoothly and efficiently
  • Support country teams to develop work plans, prepare quality reports, review process and outcome indicators
  • Ensure strong communication with prime and sub partners
  • Ensure that programs are meeting their deliverables on time
  • Work collaboratively with allstaff to ensure that resources for effective and timely program implementation are available
  • Work collaboratively with finance staff to prepare and track the progress of program’s activity budgets
  • Work collaboratively with other program and technical staff to ensure necessary program planning, development and management activities function smoothly and efficiently
  • Ensure that technical assistance needed to execute project work plans, which may include external consultants is available
  • Ensure compliance with Jhpiego, JHU, and donor operational policies and regulations
  • Promote opportunities for new business and sources of funding for assigned countries
  • Participate in the writing and/or review of technical and programmatic portions of business development proposals
  • Promote and support knowledge management and sharing efforts
  • Mentor field staff to assume responsibilities for quality management of programs at the field level
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with colleagues
  • Represent Jhpiego in meeting with senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Manage relationships with implementing partners, vendors, consultants and university partners

Required Qualifications:

  • Fluent French language skills
  • Advanced degree in international public health, international affairs or related field
  • 10 years’ experience managing international health programs
  • Strong project management skills required; PMD Pro Certified preferred
  • 2+ years’ experience working and living in the field, preferably in a low resource setting preferred
  • Experience managing a team and motivating team members
  • Strong understanding of technical approaches for integrated approaches to maternal and newborn health and infection prevention control
  • Knowledge of international and USG donor agencies compliance regulations
  • Experience developing work plans for large complex projects with multiple partners
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and/or review project budgets and monitor project financial expenditures
  • Field oriented and comfortable with a team approach to programming and the ability to manage several major activities simultaneously
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Experience developing strategic and tactical plans in cooperation with others who represent a wide range of interests and needs
  • Strong change management, results oriented and decision making skills
  • Proven expertise in providing technical assistance
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national programs and technical staff
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple projects/tasks, short deadlines, competing deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Appreciation for socio-cultural differences in countries, preferably having lived and worked in one or more low resource settings
  • Awareness of, sensitivity to, and experience in working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural staff and groups
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations worldwide
  • Demonstrated collaborative relationship with partners, stakeholders, and donor agencies
  • Excellent presentation skills and verbal and written communications skills
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination
  • Ability to travel up to 40% of the time to developing countries



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