Director of Community Health

Job Description:

The Director of Community Health is a key member of the leadership team for APZU and has primary responsibilities that support strategic and programmatic needs in community health across the district. This position supports the Village Health Worker program, the Community Programs team, and the Program on Social and Economic Rights (POSER). This includes strategic vision, planning, people and financial management, and communication and coordination across the community health departments and with the Clinical and Monitoring & Evaluation departments in addition with other partners in the district. In addition to being a leader and a strategist, this role has significant management responsibilities and this person will work to build program management capacity in his/her team. The Director of Community Health will be an excellent communicator and mentor, will be experienced in balancing administrative and managerial responsibilities with a need to be on the ground implementing programs in the community. He or she should love innovating, health systems strengthening, and working across teams from a broad range of disciplines in a complex environment.
Specific Responsibilities:
Community Health Department Leadership

Serve on the APZU Senior Management Team

Ensure effective communication and collaboration between the Community Health Department, clinical teams, M&E team, and other key stakeholders including the MOH, other implementing partners in Neno District, and other departments within APZU

Support the Community Health Department in reviewing and analyzing program reports, performance metrics, status of activities compared to work plan, actual spending vs budget

Assist the Community Health Department in preparing, writing, editing reports; help prepare abstracts and manuscript submissions to professional journals

Be a key leader in developing and implementing grant proposals, supporting grant implementation / compliance, and liaise directly with the employees advising and working on the grants

Support the Community Health Department in learning from other PIH sites and in dissemination of best practices in Malawi and across PIH sites

Any other duty assigned

Build Community Health Department Program Management Capacity

Facilitate program management by supporting staff to develop strategic goals, workplans, and budgets

In close collaboration with M&E team, ensure each manager or coordinator has defined, clear and applicable performance metrics for their program, and that they are being monitored on a regular basis and part of the decision-making process.

Ensure communication across programs runs smoothly, including planning meetings, providing frequent updates and ensuring information is appropriately shared throughout the organization, both within APZU and with colleagues in Boston.

Develop the managerial capacity of program coordinators through one-on-one coaching and implementation of management training curricula that are directly applicable to managers’ daily work.

MPH, MBA, or equivalent graduate degree with at least 5 years work experience in management, or Bachelor’s degree with additional applicable work experience

Clinical or public health background strongly preferred

Project management experience and skills demonstrated

Fluent in English and demonstrated proficiency in writing in English

High degree of proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint

Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills

Willingness to live and work full-time in a rural setting.

Proven ability to exercise good judgment and diplomacy

Exemplary interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse staff across departments and country

Ability to work under pressure, handle multiple assignments, prioritize workflow, and meet deadlines

Willingness to travel frequently within country, and work long hours

Interest in social justice strongly desirable

Willing to commit to at least two years