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Job Req ID:  3237

Project Director/Dem Republic of Congo

Classified title: Sr. Program Officer II
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience: 
Employee group: Full Time
Employee subgroup:  Exempt
Position Type: New
Schedule: Monday-Friday/ 37.5 hrs.
Location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo


The Senior Program Officer II oversees technical, programmatic, and administrative aspects of one or more large-scale programs and leads the development and implementation of programs independently. The Senior Program Officer II will mentor staff and oversee teams. S/he will lead technical work and center-wide initiatives independently. S/he will lead proposal development and lead strategic partnership development and donor cultivation. S/he will lead and oversee high-level strategy design and implementation and proposal development.


As the Democratic Republic of Congo Project Director, s/he will have overall responsibility for coordination of Breakthrough ACTION activities and staff. S/he will provide strategic direction and engage stakeholders to advance social and behavior change practice and capacity.  S/he will represent Breakthrough ACTION to USAID, the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo (GDRC), USAID implementing partners, and relevant stakeholders.


Performance is measured in each of the areas below (program management, people management, technical work, and professional and organizational growth) with five criteria:

  • Quantity of Work
  • Quality of Work
  • Initiative, Problem Solving & Innovation
  • Interaction with Others
  • Communication


Performance of staff who supervise other staff will also be measured in:

  • Staff Development
  • Utilization and Allocation of Resources
  • Organizational Effectiveness


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Program Management

  • Lead, oversee or act as technical expert for large-scale projects and or country programs independently. May include:
    • Envision, design and initiate new program activities according to a larger program goal
    • Produce and edit documents, work plans, reports, and presentations
    • Lead budget development and resource allocation
    • Oversee staffing, roles, and level of effort to meet program goals
    • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration between program, finance, and administrative staff to ensure team functioning to meet program goals
    • Facilitate and model frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally)
    • Lead engagement with internal and external partners
    • Ensure adherence to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies
    • Lead process of using data to inform strategies, work plans, and program direction
  • Put in place tools, processes, structures to ensure excellence in programs, products, and deliverables to meet program goals


People Management

  • Design and manage effective team structure to meet program goals
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor staff independently
    • Orient and train new staff members
    • Conduct regular (at least quarterly) check ins and annual performance reviews with all supervisees
    • Identify and recommend appropriate professional development opportunities for supervisees
    • Ensure effective coaching, mentoring, and supervision of all staff on your team
    • Provide coaching and mentoring to promote continued growth and improvement among supervisees and other staff
  • Oversee and ensure the quality of work produced by staff or team. Develop processes, tools, and routines that ensure the quality of work
  • Operate with compliance to all JHU supervisory policy


Technical Work

  • Oversee high level strategy design and implementation independently.
    • Lead and build staff capacity in technical work, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, scripts, job aides, needs assessments, etc.
    • Generate and envision new activities, ideas, frameworks, and strategies that further high-level goals
    • Use, develop, and model tools, processes, best-practices and colleague review to ensure all products and documents are of the highest quality possible
    • Provide information to others about the quality of work. This includes raising concerns about errors, omissions, and poor quality products to the staff member responsible for that work, and requesting revision of work that is not high quality.
    • In collaboration with research and evaluation division, strategically plan for research, monitoring, and evaluation activities
  • Lead in-country technical work, including trainings, workshops, and program support, independently
  • Demonstrate technical expertise in relevant technical areas (i.e. Social Behavior Change (SBC), knowledge management, health areas, etc.) and build capacity in others
  • Demonstrate high level technical communication, including writing reports, creating and giving presentations, and facilitating trainings or group discussions
  • Ensure excellence in programs, products, and deliverables to meet program goals


Professional and Organizational Growth

  • Initiate and lead center-wide initiatives, independently
    • May include brown bags, communities of practice, etc.
  • Lead proposal development (technical, budget, coordination) independently
  • Lead strategic partnership development independently
  • Lead donor cultivation independently
  • Contribute to global technical knowledge
  • Represent JHU and CCP at relevant external meetings and events
    • May include delivering technical presentations, networking, relationship building, and initiate and follow through with opportunities for collaboration
  • Professionally engage and collaborate with other programs across the Center
  • Recognize and address factors that might strategically impact a program or the Center, and lead implementation of solutions
  • Proactively seek opportunities to expand leadership and management skills
    • Complete at least two JHU training courses related to job duties per year. For supervisors, this should include completing CCP HR’s recommended core courses in the JHU Supervisory Training Program within two years of taking on official supervisory duties
  • Request or initiate quarterly check-in meetings with supervisor to assess performance, strengths and areas for improvement in your current position, and establish professional goals
  • Identify opportunities for bringing new skills into the Center, including attending JHU courses and seminars, conferences, other external trainings etc.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

The Breakthrough ACTION Democratic Republic of Congo Project Director will have overall responsibility for coordination of social and behavior change (SBC) activities and staff. S/he will possess deep applied experience in SBC; demonstrated abilities in leadership; strategic thinking; development of effective teams; and change management. S/he will possess experience and demonstrated success in strengthening SBC capacity within the public sector and local and international NGO partners. S/he will provide strategic direction for the project, proactively engaging a broad range of donors and implementers in advancing the practice of SBC in DRC. S/he will have principal responsibility for representation of the project to USAID and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (GDRC) and will cultivate open and collaborative management relationships with the management team at USAID/DRC, as well as with other Mission-funded Activities.


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Senior-level management ability
  • Ability to lead large and complex activities primarily focused on SBC
  • Experience designing and managing integrated or multi-health area SBC activities, strongly preferred
  • Shows demonstrated and exceptional leadership abilities
  • Has proven ability to effectively engage partners and manage multi-partner consortia
  • Has experience interacting with U.S. government agencies including Missions.


Any specific physical requirements for the job: Potential for extensive travel throughout the country and limited travel internationally.


Supervisory responsibility: Several senior technical and administrative staff. 


Budget authority: Final amount to be determined.  Estimated range of $20 - $25 million.


Minimum qualifications: Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Six years related experience required. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health or communication, preferred or commensurate experience
  • At least 15 years’ experience in international health programming, strongly preferred




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