Programs and Operations Director (Bulawayo)

Programs and Operations Director (Bulawayo)

Company Name International Medical Corps
  • Number of Vacancy: 1
  • Category: Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs)
  • Job Level: Mid Level
  • Working Hours: 0
  • Years of Experience 3
  • Salary Range: $-
  • Job Location: Bulawayo
  • Preferred Age: 0 (years)
  • Required Education: Master’s Degree
  • Vacancy Nature: Fixed Term Contract


Programs and Operations Director: International Medical Corps Deadline: 15 January 2021 (COB) Station: Bulawayo International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. Background Challenging weather conditions have significantly affected the lives and livelihoods of people in Zimbabwe, especially in the southern region, where food insecurity and malnutrition rates are some of the highest in the country. More than a decade of economic decline has exacerbated the situation, as most communities have experienced a drop in owner-produced stocks, and households previously engaged in subsistence farming have resorted to market purchases. Poor water and sanitation facilities in both urban and rural areas increase the risk of diseases, such as cholera and typhoid. Since International Medical Corps’ operations began in Zimbabwe in 2009, we have delivered quality health services, nutrition, and food security programs, and have reduced the spread of waterborne diseases by increasing access to clean water and improving hygiene practices. International Medical Corps’ Zimbabwe mission has recently provided Nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and maternal and child health support and preparedness capacity-building. Operations have been centralized in Matabeleland North and South provinces (Gwanda, Tsholotsho, Bulilima, Nkayi and Mangwe districts), and there is a project proposal that would expand coverage out to Binga district. Additionally, International Medical Corps has partnered in a consortium with other international NGOs in the implementation of the Amalima program. Amalima is a USAID Food for Peace funded Development Food Security Activity program with a program duration from 2013-20. Program activities were in drought-prone, food-insecure districts in Matabeleland North (Tsholotsho) and Matabeleland South (Bulilima, Mangwe, and Gwanda) provinces covering the Nutrition and WASH sectors. It is anticipated that the program will continue in a second phase into 2025. Job purpose The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of project and operations management and the successful implementation of the project in cooperation with the Program Department. (S)he will provide broad administrative, programmatic and financial support to the mission, including direct assistance to the implementation and close monitoring and evaluation of the undertaken initiatives. Under the guidance of the Senior Director, the successful candidate will be able to multitask, perform a rigorous follow-up and get directly involved in the implementation of different activities related to the beneficiaries of the integration project as well as the successful operations of the mission. Main responsibilities To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive. Program Management: Work closely with the senior management team and field teams to determine operational needs of the program within the scope of the grants; Maintain and update monitoring and evaluation plans; Analyze data gathered and propose alternative strategies of program implementation; Conduct assessments to identify needs and opportunities for new programming; Initiate processes for developing concept notes and project proposals and follow through their finalization in collaboration with relevant personnel and departments; Work with field teams and logistics to procure program supplies in a timely manner and within program budgets; Regularly update IMC headquarters on progression of programs as per protocol; Compile program and donor reports and assists with development of future programs as needed; Liaise closely with local authorities, donor and partner agencies to ensure program compliance with donor policies and regulations and complementary with other agencies' efforts; Maintain flexibility to take on added responsibility as and when needed. Representation: Attend coordination meetings relevant to country programs; Represent the organization at task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, UN coord

Work/Educational Requirements

Qualifications Master’s degree in Public Health, International Development, and/or in a relevant field of study. A combination of lengthy work experience and another graduate degree may also be considered; Creative and sophisticated writing skills in English are a prerequisite for success in this job; Skills in data management a plus. Experience Minimum five years’ experience in program design and evaluation, of which at least three years in developing countries or resource deprived environments; Experience of staff supervision in multiple locations including remote management of projects; Experience in managing security and operations for a mission; Experience in program growth and diversification (Health, WASH, Protection, Nutrition programming a plus); Experience in supporting, training and responding to issues on Code of Conduct, Compliance and Ethics. Competency Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and NGOs; Ability to live and work in precarious environments; Complete familiarity with Project Cycle Management; Experience in cross-cutting departmental management and oversight of operational support; Knowledge and experiences of budget preparation and management; Profound cross-cultural awareness and insight into health care issues; Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently following consultative processes; Extremely flexible, with the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations; Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively; Demonstrated abilities to deal with difficult program counterparts; Team player and strong communication skills, both oral and written; Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Equal opportunities International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability.

To Apply

To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter to: [email protected]

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