Country Programme Lead-Technical
  • Full Time
  • Malawi
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FHI 360

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for Country Programme Lead candidates to be proposed on an anticipated FCDO/ Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme Phase II that would strengthen national public health and emergency capability to better prevent, detect and respond to disease outcomes in Malawi. The primary responsibility of the Country Programme Lead is to ensure successful implementation of the project work plan and achievement of all FHI 360 targets and deliverables while managing and remaining within the approved budget. The Country Programme Lead will lead the work of the Malawi country team supporting the FHI 360 responsibilities for TDDAP2. This will include communication, coordination, and reporting with FCDO, and liaising with in-country FCDO partners, for this project. Availability of position is contingent upon award to FHI 360, and selection of final applicant is subject to FCDO approval.

Job Summary:

The Country Programme Lead will be responsible for implementing activities to support operationalizing priorities for NAPHS in Malawi  for national ownership and sustainability, implementing strategy and capacity building activity for workforce development for health security, strengthening coverage and integration of data for surveillance, laboratory capacity building, climate informed approaches and One Health, and strengthening improved role of communities and civil society in the governance of and surveillance mechanisms for national health security.

Essential Job Functions: Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the staff members working on this project component, ensuring clarity of plans and priorities, encouraging effective teamwork.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a wide array of project partners: relevant government ministries and agencies, community leaders and groups, donors, other implementing organizations, FHI 360 colleagues, etc.
  • Providing technical support to develop and implement national and subnational emergency preparedness plans, ensuring continuity of essential health services, lessons from COVID19, Ebola and other outbreaks, and alignment with a one health approach.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of workforce strategies to strengthen core public health functions e.g. National Public Health Institutes.
  • Strengthening national capacities for implementation/scale up of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR).
  • Supporting risk communications and community engagement to convey public health threats transparently and in a timely and coordinated manner through mechanisms built into National Action Plans for Health Security (NAPHS).
  • Supporting approaches to strengthen health security capability within a broader health system strengthening framework.
  • Develop tools for the design and implementation of technical strategies and project components.
  • Ensure and participate in quality project monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of projects and make recommendations for enhancements.
  • Represent the organization to external entities at professional meetings and conferences.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or in public health, international development, or related field with a focus on infectious disease detection, surveillance, or diagnostics; or, a Master’s degree in these fields and at least 5-7 years of experience.
  • Minimum 7 -10 years of experience managing health systems strengthening programs.
  • Familiarity with FCDO and other donor management, programs, and operations including regulatory and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and implementation experience with infectious diseases detection and surveillance.
  • Technical competency in infectious disease(s)
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to use data for decision making.
  • Strong English written, oral, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in facilitation and stakeholder engagement/ coordination.
  • Experience working in Africa, e.g. Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 25% within Malawi and other travels as needed.
  • Authorization to work in Malawi.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Malawian national
  • Experience residing and working in Malawi.
  • Experience working with the Global Health Security.


  • Will supervise other project staff members in Malawi.
  • Plays a coaching and mentoring role for others.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time. Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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