Country Director

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The Country Director – Zambia will be working at large on a project supporting the Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH) to achieve and sustain gains made in HIV prevention by supporting direct service delivery (DSD) in four CDC-supported provinces for comprehensive, quality, integrated HIV prevention services targeting key populations (KP) and adolescents and young persons (AYP). DSD support includes, but is not limited to, HIV testing services (HTS); linkage of HIV-positive KP/AYP to community and facility treatment services, retention and viral load (VL) suppression and other support; linkage of HIV-negative KP and AYP to biomedical and non-biomedical HIV prevention services including but not limited to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, STI screening and treatment, and harm reduction programs.

Purpose of the Position
The Country Director – Zambia is an executive-level position reporting to the Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Practice & Impact. The Country Director will lead and manage country-level management and operations. At all times the Country Director must be the leading brand ambassador, adhere to the highest ethical and legal standards, and create a fair, positive, and equitable work environment. S/He will take primary ownership of program delivery, and oversee all personnel in Zambia. Responsibilities include delivering with fidelity, administrative oversight, financial oversight, being the lead external relations contact, and managing all staff in-country. The Country Director will serve as the principal representative of Georgetown University in Zambia, and be the main contact with donors.

Specific Responsibilities (included but not limited to) In your role as Country Director – Zambia you will:

  • Achieve the required results; attain the cooperative agreement’s targets, goals, and objectives (overall and on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis); attain internal organizational Strategic Objectives (e.g. business development, adoption of new systems, policy directives, special initiatives)
  • Provide effective transformational leadership and management across departments, units, and teams
  • Provide effective stewardship and accountability over financial resources
  • Ensure compliance with donor expectations
  • Ensure compliance with local country laws
  • Build and sustain a strong, competent, informed, and enthusiastic organization
  • Oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where BZ values and culture cornerstones are lived daily
  • Create and foster a healthy, positive, collegial safe, and motivating workforce and work environment
  • Manage stakeholder relationships
  • Drive and ensure synergies across other projects in Zambia as well as with other Georgetown University programs
  • Work with the Zambia Ministry of Health, and local and international organizations to strengthen partnerships with key populations and deliver results across Zambia
  • Ensure program staffing, structure, and reporting relationships are aligned with program needs, local context, and available resources
  • Participate actively in the training and retention of staff


  • Desired additional qualification MBA or related finance degree a plus Desirable qualifications

  • Experience with implementing PEPFAR Programmes on the African continent

  • Experience living and working in Zambia

  • Experience implementing HIV/AIDS and TB Programmes in Zambia

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with working with the Zambia Ministry of Health

Experience & Skills

  •  Minimum of 15 years of professional experience in international development, with a significant focus on public health on the African continent

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience with complex donor-funded development programs in Africa, preferably in Zambia

  • Strong stakeholder relationship with the Zambia Ministry of Health, and experience working at a district and provincial level

  • Experience in successfully managing multi-million dollar projects with direct oversight of HR, finance, compliance, and program delivery with a budget of at least 15 million dollars per year.

  • Minimum 8 years of experience with PEPFAR initiatives in Africa

  • Proven ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including government representatives, non-profit associations, donors, media, academic and research institutes, and other stakeholders

  • Demonstrated experience in successful program start-up, program close out and establishment of sustainability which goes beyond the period of the donor funding

  • Fluent in written and spoken English Personal Qualities & Behavioural Competencies

Personal Qualities & Behavioral Competencies

  • Stakeholder and patient-centered mindset
  • Strong operational leadership and management skills with the ability to foster followership, loyalty, and commitment and build high-performing teams
  • Strong sense of introspection, self-awareness, and ability to foster positive working relationships and work collaboratively across the organization to optimize the client experience
  • Solutions-focused, open-minded, creative, and innovative whilst being extremely decisive, action and results-oriented
  • High adaptability and ability to endure failure, learn rapidly from it, get back on track, and meet targets
  • Socially and culturally respectful, aware, adaptable, and adept at finding acceptable and productive ways forward through complex constellations of stakeholders, interests, and agendas
  • Strong sense of maturity, discernment, and able to maintain confidentiality when required