Country Support Program Officer-Immunization, Arlington, VA, United States 418 views

Country Support Program Officer-Immunization

Location: Arlington, VA

Position Category: Direct hire, paid in US

Posting Date: 10/05/2020

Deadline Date: Open until the position is filled.

Description

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. JSI is currently seeking a Country Support Program Officer (PO) for the USAID-funded MOMENTUM (Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale) Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity Project (M-RITE). The MOMENTUM awards seek to contribute to global technical leadership and evidence generation and dissemination around maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) services. MOMENTUM Round 3B’s overarching goal is to sustainably strengthen routine immunization programs to 1) overcome the entrenched obstacles contributing to stagnating and declining immunization rates in USAID-supported countries, and 2) address the barriers to reaching zero-dose and under-immunized children with life-saving vaccines and other health services. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disruption of immunization services, M-RITE will also support countries with the maintenance, adaptation, suspension, and/or reinstatement of immunization services.

The PO will be a key member of the M-RITE team, working under the supervision of the Country Support Manager to support start-up and implementation of M-RITE country programs. The PO is responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the program by coordinating administrative, logistical, and technical support.

The PO will also support the country program team in technical planning, workplan development, information sharing and collection, and the preparation of reports, presentations, and other program materials. S/he works under the supervision of the Country Support Manager to support tracking partner/sub-grantee/consultant deliverables; assist technical staff to implement and monitor activities; and provide other needed operational support to ensure that quality and timely assistance is provided to advance the program’s agenda.

In addition, due to COVID-19, currently, all staff are working in a remote capacity, however, this position is expected to be based at the JSI Arlington, VA office. The salary range for this position is $52,500 – $57,750, but will be reviewed based on qualifications of applicants. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview, which will be done on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

M-RITE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard

to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The PO will be responsible for the following:

Country program management:

Support the development of country workplans and budgets, and the day-to-day implementation of workplan activities, including performance monitoring and reporting

Coordinate with technical teams on work planning for consistency relating to M-RITE program priorities, strategic approaches, and learning. This includes support to harmonizing core and field work plans, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) plans, performance monitoring plans (PMP), and budgets

Support communications between home office, field office, and between technical and management staff to ensure regular, open communication including note-taking at routine team meetings

Collaborate with technical staff to draft scopes of work/RFPs for consultants, contractors, or technical assistance providers working under assigned project activities; in consultation with technical staff help ensure scopes of work are followed and quality deliverables are submitted

Operations and finance management:

Provide financial and administrative support to backstop in-country teams and country offices to facilitate financial management, operations, and complicity with JSI’s systems and procedures.

Coordinate all necessary international travel requests in a timely manner and according to USAID specifications

Collaborate with project finance team to support the development, monitoring, and updating of country budgets, and preparation of financial reports as necessary

Support team to ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations, as outlined in contractual requirements

Assist in recruiting local staff, and orienting country staff to JSI and project systems;

Collaborate with the Washington and country office finance and admin staff to coordinate and implement start-up/close-out procedures and tasks as required

Assist with meeting logistics, including scheduling, preparing agendas, sending appointments, taking and circulating notes, and following up on action items after meetings

Assist in the preparation of reports, presentations, and technical papers, including tracking deadlines for reporting to ensure timely, quality reports

Tags

child health

covid

family planning

global health

health services

immunization

knowledge management

logistics

management consulting

mnch

monitoring and reporting

oral communication

program implementation

project finance

reproductive health

Work with program and technical officers in preparing clear, well-written specifications for goods and services, including scopes of work for short-term technical assistance and contracted services (e.g., purchase orders, subcontracts, and vendor agreements)

Knowledge management:

Facilitate the process of quarterly and annual reporting, compiling documentation related to project global, regional, and country program implementation and achievements, including tracking deadlines for reporting.

Support KM staff in preparation, editing, formatting and dissemination of project reports, presentations, success stories and technical documents.

Work with communications staff to disseminate blogs and success stories through external MOMENTUM and JSI websites and other communication channels

Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced Degree in Public Health, Management, or other relevant field.

Experience: Minimum three (2) years’ experience working to support country offices on global health programs, including relevant overseas experience

Required Skills:

Experience with program planning and management, including familiarity with budgeting, common planning frameworks, and monitoring tools

Ability to work independently and in groups; manage multiple tasks concurrently; and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality

Prior experience and success working in complex environments, with teams whose members are physically located in different time zones and geographic areas

Excellent verbal and written communications skills including the ability to organize and present information in a compelling way

Ability to work comfortably in the MS Office Suite applications, specifically MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms).

Preferred Skills:

Familiarity with immunization programming

Travel:

Ability and willingness to travel internationally.

Languages: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Fluency in French is required.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online.

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