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Director of Programs, Malawi

The Role

At Last Mile Health, we work to deploy a health worker for everyone, everywhere. Are you excited about launching a new team to work directly with governments to scale sustainable community health programs to make this goal a reality? If so, you may be the perfect fit for our Director of Programs position in Malawi, our first hire for this entrepreneurial program.

The Director of Programs, Malawi is responsible for guiding Last Mile Health’s (LMH) leadership and engagement alongside the Malawi Ministry of Health (MOH) in the strengthening and scale of Malawi’s National Community Health Strategy. The Director of Programs, Malawi will be a trusted advisor and the principal liaison with MOH officials while providing technical leadership and management to the Malawi Country Program team. 

Additionally, the Director of Programs will lead the development and implementation of the Programs team’s operational plan, support quality supportive supervision and mentorship to direct reports and oversee on-going budgeting and reporting of team activities and work plan.

As Malawi is a new country program, the Director of Programs will be expected to prioritize the successful launch of LMH’s Phase 1 program activities and the foundation needed to support LMH’s long-term sustainability and impact in Malawi during a period of programmatic and operational growth. As a leader on a start-up team in a new operating environment for LMH, the Director of Programs will need to both be comfortable with an evolving programmatic approach and play a leading role in shaping that approach in response to emergent learning and insight.

What You'll Do

  • Collaborate closely with senior government officials—including the MOH’s Community Health Services Section to ensure the successful design and implementation of Malawi’s National Community Health Strategy 
  • Lead the Program team and technical specialists to provide MOH with technical, operational guidance and support on policy development and adoption, program planning and implementation, and performance management for scale-up of the National Community Health Strategy
  • Actively participate in planning and coordination meetings among senior MOH officials and other stakeholders for National CHW Program to provide technical input into central-level strategies, monitor implementation, and trouble-shoot challenges
  • Manage a team of Program Coordinators and Technical Specialists
  • Lead the development and implementation of the Programs Team annual workplan with clear and measurable objectives and priorities, deadlines, and budget requirements
  • With support from global technical teams and relevant country program staff, support the recruitment and management of Malawi-based LMH staff

What You'll Bring

  • MA/S in Business Administration, Public Health, International Affairs/Development, Public Policy/Public Administration or other relevant field
  • Several years of work experience in health systems design, managing or implementing global health programs in international development contexts, preferably at a senior leadership and management level in Africa
  • Demonstrated experience interfacing with senior government and NGO partners in a developing country context, with a strong preference for health systems and health policy experience
  • Significant team management and coaching background, with proven ability to rapidly build technical and non-technical skills among your team
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes, and problem-solve to negotiate and achieve consensus with multiple influencers on high-stakes and time-sensitive projects

You'll Impress Us If

  • You’ve had experience leading a start-up team or launching a new project
  • Demonstrated familiarity with core issues of health systems development, especially training and performance management, monitoring and information systems, and health financing; technical background in one of these areas strongly preferred

About Last Mile Health

Last Mile Health (LMH) saves lives in the world's most remote communities by partnering with governments to bring critical primary care services to the doorsteps of people living in the last mile. LMH is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with offices in Liberia, Malawi, Boston and New York. For more information, visit www.lastmilehealth.org.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at LMH. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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