Technical Director (Cervical Cancer / HIV / Clinical Doctorate / Master of Public Health / Project Man. / NGO) Zimbabwe

Technical Director (Cervical Cancer / HIV / Clinical Doctorate / Master of Public Health / Project Man. / NGO) Zimbabwe

CA Finance Africa Recruitment

Reference No. MIM

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Role Overview

The Technical Director will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the areas of cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment for an anticipated USAID cervical cancer project in Zimbabwe. This project aims to improve screening, diagnosis, and treatment for cervical cancer in HIV positive women. The project will operate over a five-year period.

The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and the organisations senior management and technical team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of all project activities. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Zimbabwean nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Client Description: Our client is an international, non-profit health organization, for 40 years and in over 155 countries, they have worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families. Currently, they have approximately 3,600 employees worldwide working in 40 countries. Key areas of activity include HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases, family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, cervical cancer detection and treatment, non-communicable diseases, nursing and midwifery, gender, innovations, and health systems strengthening.  They are supported by a variety of funders, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNITAID, and others.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities
  • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, and curricula, supervisory systems needed for implementation of the Project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Zimbabwe
  • Provide capacity building at the organizational level in specific areas of expertise including but not limited to:
  • Cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment of HIV positive women
  • Appropriate referral of HIV positive women eligible for screening and treatment
  • Provide technical assistance for conducting site assessments and strengthening referral systems, in-service and/or pre-service education, and supportive supervision
  • Review and update, as needed, national service delivery guidelines relevant to the provision of cervical cancer care to HIV positive women
  • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
  • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted HIV services
  • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing the organisation
  • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify clinical and community-based reproductive and maternal health and other non-communicable disease service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services
  • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address cervical cancer service delivery gaps
  • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, specifically in the context of HIV positive women, to inform adjustments in project implementation
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to the requirements and regulations
  • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment in HIV positive women over the age of 30
  • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
  • Supervise technical staff
  • Manage technical contributions of sub grantees, including defining scopes of work
  • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
  • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award


Education & Experience Required:

  • A Clinical Doctorate Degree (medical or nursing), and Master of Public Health preferred
  • At least 10 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance in cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Demonstrated experience in cervical cancer prevention, including VIA and Cryotherapy
  • At least 10 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance of approximately $5-10M per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in Zimbabwe
  • Experience with projects implementing biomarker tests, including HPV

  • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers on cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment
  • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
  • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; pre-service education; performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience with a mix of clinical skills in cervical cancer necessary for strengthening cervical cancer service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Zimbabwe healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Zimbabwe preferred
  • Familiarity with USAID’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally to project sites