Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoir

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Classified title: Sr. Program Officer

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience:

Employee group:  Full Time

Employee subgroup (FLSA Status): Exempt

Position Type:  New 

Schedule: Monday-Friday/37.5 hrs.

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoir

The Senior Program Officer provides technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance to one or more programs and leads the development and implementation of discreet program activities independently. The Senior Program Officer may supervise and mentor staff. S/he will lead technical work independently. S/he will lead proposal development and contribute to strategic partnership development, with support.  

As, Côte d’Ivoire Emerging Disease Threats Advisor, s/he will oversee all emerging disease threats specific efforts for the Activity as a whole and implemented in Côte d’Ivoire.

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 as other duties may be assigned:

Program Management

  • Lead technical areas related to emerging disease threats, larger activity/ies and/or programs independently
    • Envision, design and initiate emerging disease threats program activities according to the larger program goal
  • Oversee country programs with support
    • Produce and edit documents, work plans, reports, and presentations
    • Monitor budgets and make strategic decisions to reallocate funding according to strategic priorities
    • Act as liaison for consultant activities, ensuring statement of work, contract and deliverables are in place
    • Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans and other administrative and programmatic documents
    • Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending
    • Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally)
    • Liaise with internal and external partners
    • Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies
    • Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms
    • Identify and address STTA needs independently
    • Work closely with research to routinely review program performance data and initiate adaptations to program management and implementation

People Management

  • Supervise staff with support as needed
    • 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
    • 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.
  • Manage group work and effective team functioning independently; includes identifying and filling staffing gaps and independent contractor identification and hiring.
  • This position may not have official supervisory duties; s/he will engage in coaching and mentoring of staff.
  • Operate with compliance to all JHU supervisory policy.

Technical Work

  • Lead and manage technical work independently, including developing and/or managing the development of 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 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, contribute to design and implementation of research plans and activities
  • Lead in-country technical activities, including trainings, workshops, and program support, independently
  • Demonstrate technical expertise in relevant technical areas (i.e. emerging disease threats, SBC, knowledge management, other health areas)
  • Demonstrate high level technical communication, including writing reports, creating and giving presentations, and facilitating trainings or group discussions

Professional and Organizational Growth

  • 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
  • Stay abreast of technical updates
  • Professionally engage and collaborate with other programs in Côte d’Ivoire and across the Center
  • Recognize and address factors that might strategically impact a program or the Center, and propose solutions to appropriate staff members
  • Proactively seek opportunities to expand leadership and management skills
  • 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 to the CCP office,  including attending courses and seminars, conferences, other external trainings as approved

Specific duties & responsibilities:    The Emerging Disease Threats Advisor will oversee all emerging disease threats specific efforts for the Activity as a whole.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities: At least 5-10 years of experience working on international health and development projects related to emerging disease threats, strongly preferred

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

Supervisory responsibility:  TBD

Budget authority:  TBD

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

Preferred qualifications:  A senior technical expert with an advanced degree in public health, communication, the social sciences or areas or fields relevant to advancing the Global Health Security Agenda including those within the animal health sector.

Is fluent in French.


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