Program Officer, Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness at PATH January, 2020 Job Description
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PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

Tools for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (TIMCI) is a global effort led by PATH to accelerate availability, adoption and scale-up of tools to identify severe illness and decrease mortality in children under five years of age. PATH and its primary partner, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), will implement a four-year project funded by Unitaid. TIMCI has two major goals that both seek to improve detection of severe disease in children under five: 1) to improve healthcare workers’ ability to diagnose severe disease by equipping them with pulse oximeters (POX) and electronic decision support tools; and 2) to accelerate the development and market entry of non-invasive devices that augment the features of a standard POX with one or more additional vital sign measurements. This high profile and potentially high impact project will begin in July 2019 and will take place in five countries: Kenya, Myanmar, Senegal, Tanzania, and the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

PATH is seeking a Program Officer who will be responsible for day-to-day country-level project management and oversight of PATH-led activities. He/she should be able to provide practical supervision for project staff and be a direct liaison with implementation partners and MOH at national and district levels. The Program Officer will report primarily to the TIMCI Project Director and secondarily to the Tanzania Program Representative.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

    • Work closely with the health officials of related departments of MoHCDGEC and PORALG to ensure buy-in and alignment with project goals, activities and outcomes.
    • Responsible for driving progress, monitoring and controlling project activities, coordinating the Country Implementation Working Group and Global Implementation Team, and performing routine progress reporting to project information systems.
    • Supports coordination and liaises with all in-country partners to ensure effective communications.
    • Effectively aligns work between PATH staff, country partners, and stakeholders.
    • Build and maintain relationships with local and regional decision-makers and influencers to update polices and create and implement scale-up and financing strategies.
    • Actively engage with PATH staff, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, country partners, MoHCDGEC and PORALG and other key stakeholders to gain alignment and ensure high quality delivery of project outputs.
    • Work closely with implementation partners, MOH, regional and country Technical Leads and other stakeholders to ensure a coordinated approach to project implementation.
    • Works collaboratively and coordinates with regional and/or other country Technical Leads as well as team partners on the implementation of activities.
    • Collect and consolidate data for quarterly/ annual reports. Conducts data quality audits, spot checks, and assessments to ensure fidelity in implementation.
    • Set up data collection systems for routine project monitoring and performance measurement.
    • Ensure M&E activities are integrated in project work plans and budgets and provide technical support in analyzing results for dissemination products and events.


Required Skills

Required Experience

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in public health, science or medicine, business administration, public policy, or equivalent degree required, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Minimum 5 years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs
    • Knowledge of public health, health systems, and challenges affecting communities in the African context, including RMNCAH and primary health care.
    • Experience implementing new programs into integrating them into existing systems
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-country, team-based organizational structure.
    • Flexibility to work within multiple time zones and multiple teams across the globe.
    • Exceptional problem solving, bridge building, and diplomacy abilities.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals.
    • Comfortable managing in a flexible and changing environment, with ability to be ready to adjust plans and direction in response to local feedback and the iterative nature of the project.
    • Excellent organization, attention to detail, coordinating, and management skills.
    • Excellent oral and written English communication skills; demonstrated representational experience in professional and global fora.
    • Experience with electronic decision support tools and/or health diagnostic tools desired.
    • Experience introducing new tools and/or processes at the primary health care level a plus.


Must have legal authorization to work in Tanzania

PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


Apply through PATH website not later than Wednesday January 29, 2020.


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