Project Manager, HIV self-Testing STAR Initiative (HIVST)

  • PATH
  • kampala,uganda
  • 04/02/2020
Full time   Medical Jobs in Uganda Public Health Jobs in Uganda

Job Description

Job Description

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.


PATH, with support from UNITAID, will implement The STAR initiative Extension, a project focused on addressing market barriers to HIV self-Testing (HIVST) roll out, and establishing the structures, systems and oversight mechanisms necessary for HIVST scale up and long-term sustainability in Uganda. The project will pave way and support advocacy for new potential Global Fund (GF) and Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) investments into scale up of HIVST. The STAR Initiative Extension will achieve direct public health impact by reducing the number of new HIV infections and averting deaths due to HIV infection by increasing demand for and access to HIVST and subsequent treatment and prevention services. This project is expected to start in March 2020 until June 2021, in seven countries: Uganda, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Cameroon.


PATH is seeking a Project Manager who will be responsible for day-to-day country-level project management and oversight of project activities. He/she should be able to provide practical supervision for project staff, direct liaison with sub awardees and relevant partners and Ministry of Health. The Project Manager will report primarily to the Country Director. This position will be based in Kampala, Uganda.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with MoH and relevant departments to  ensure buy-in and alignment with project goals.
  • Work closely with implementing and development partners, MoH and other stakeholders to ensure a coordinated approach to project implementation and communication
  • Responsible for driving progress, monitoring and controlling project activities, coordinating the project team and performing routine progress reporting to project relevant stakeholders including the donors.
  • Coordinate the relevant task force activities; operationalize recommendations and action plans of the committee.
  • Provide technical support to MOH  in the development of the national scale up strategy of HIVST
  • Track budgets and project scope to ensure the implementation, meets the project objectives.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key decision-makers and influencers to update polices and create and implement scale-up and financing strategies for HIVST programming in the country.
  • Develop country-level investment cases to help select the best mix of approaches to reach high testing coverage levels.
  • Provide support to catalytic quantification, procurement, clearance and distribution of HIVST commodities.
  • Support and advocate for HIVST market expansion and greater investments by Government of Uganda and Development partners.
  • Work with regulatory authorities to clarify and support the set-up of regulatory systems for HIVST products
  • Disseminate new HIVST experiences and implementation lessons to key stakeholders and countries.

Required Experience

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in public health, Health science or medicine, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;  Master’s in Public Health  is an added advantage.
  • Training in Health care services or project management is required.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience implementing or managing health systems strengthening programs.
  • Experience implementing/scaling up new innovations and integrating them into existing systems
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and coordinating technical working groups, development of national documents like strategies, scale up plans among others.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and supporting awardees to meet set objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-country, team-based organizational structure.
  • Flexibility to work within multiple time zones and multiple teams across the globe.
  • Exceptional problem solving, bridge building, and diplomacy abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals.
  • Comfortable managing in a flexible and changing environment, with ability to be ready to adjust plans and direction in response to local feedback and the iterative nature of the project.
  • Excellent organization, attention to detail, coordinating, and management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills; demonstrated representational experience in professional and global fora.
  • Experience introducing new tools and/or processes at the primary health care level is desired


Must have legal authorization to work in Uganda

PATH is dedicated to diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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