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Partners in Health (PIH) is a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH has programs in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kazakhstan and Boston.PIH began working in Malawi in 2007, where today we support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to serve a catchment area of 165,000 through 12 health centers and two hospitals in partnership with our sister organizations. Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) is in Neno District and we seek to recruit suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following position:

Position : Community Health Director

Reports to : Chief Medical Officer

Commitment : Full Time (Monday-Friday, some weekends)

Working Hours Regular Office Hours (40-45Hrs/Week)

Location : Neno District, Malawi

Position Description Overview

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 Community Health Workers, 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. Additionally, the Director of Community Health will work with the MOH and District Environmental Health teams to plan and implement the National Community Health Strategy. As 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.

Responsibilities and Duties

1. Build Community Health Department Program Management Capacity

  •  Facilitate program management by supporting staff to develop strategic goals, work plans, and budgets
  •  Collaborate with M & E team to 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 are supported to be part of decision-making processes.
  •  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 external stakeholders.
  •  Develop managerial capacity of program managers and other staff through one-on-one coaching and implementation of management training curricula that are directly applicable to managers’ daily work.

2. Community Health Department Leadership
  •  Liaise with PIH leadership to implement a five-year strategic plan for the community health program in Malawi
  •  Spearhead the scale up of mHealth initiatives in Neno district for community health
  •  Conduct systematic quality improvement projects within CHWs, POSER and community programs to ensure improvements in these programs
  •  Ensure effective communication and collaboration between the Community Health Department and other APZU departments and programmes, other PIH sites and other implementing partners in the district.
  •  Lead implementation of programs in a multidisciplinary team and with working across departments and with operational, clinical and M&E leadership
  •  Lead the Community Health Department in reviewing and analyzing program reports, performance metrics, status of activities compared to work plan, actual spending vs budget
  • Lead the Community Health Department in preparing, writing or producing and editing programmatic documents including reports, impact stories, concept notes, abstracts and manuscripts for conferences and academic journals among others.
  •  Be a key leader in developing and implementing research and programs studies related to Community Health, grant writing, grant implementation and compliance, grant report writing and communication with donors and program managers and liaise directly with the employees advising and working on the grants.
  • Assist in representation especially of community health of the organization through public speaking with a willingness to do interviews and represent the organization in media, key meetings and other venues
  •  Support the Community Health Department in learning from other PIH sites and in dissemination of best practices in Malawi and across PIH sites

3. Working with MOH and External stakeholders

  •  Collaborate with District Environmental Health team and the rest of DHMT to implement the National Community Health Strategy.
  •  Attend and contribute to National Community Health activities including contributing to development of policy, attending TWGs and other important national level meetings.
  •  Collaborate with national and international organizations that works with community health worker programs
Qualifications and Attributes

  •  MPH, MBA, or equivalent graduate degree with at least 5 years work experience in management
  • Fluent in English and demonstrated proficiency in writing in English.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), budget management and platforms, data visualization platforms and ability to quickly learn other technology is required
  • Experience with implementation and working with mHealth applications and technology is strongly desired
  •  Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a results-oriented team, demonstrate good management skills, and be able to perform quality work under tight deadlines.
  • Impeccable communication skills and adept at coordinating communication across multiple stakeholders in high stress environments
  •  Proven ability to exercise good judgment and diplomacy, and the ability to work in a dynamic team environment with members from a variety of backgrounds.
  •  Ability to work under pressure, handle multiple assignments, prioritize workflow, and meet deadlines
  •  Proven skills in managing change, achieving results, ensuring quality, and building capacity
  •  Willingness to travel frequently within country, and work long hours
  •  Commitment to health, social justice and passion for strengthening the health system in Malawi
  •  Willingness to live and work full-time in a rural setting.
  •  Willing to commit to at least two years.

Benefits and Remuneration

Attractive remuneration packages will be offered to the successful candidates commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Qualified and interested persons should apply to the address below, enclosing their cover letter; copies of relevant certificates and curriculum vitae indicating three names of traceable referees with valid telephone numbers and email addresses not later than 15th March, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Manager of Human Resources

Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU)

P.O. Box 56



P.O. Box 1774


Or Email:

PIH is an equal opportunities employer, so, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion. gender, tribe, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law

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