Deputy Program Manager Job In Zambia: AKROS Research


Akros strengthens national health systems in developing countries. We pride ourselves in our ground-level knowledge of the health systems where we work, and our ability to provide novel, lasting solutions implemented in developing regions.

General Responsibilities

The WASH Deputy Program Manager will support the WASH Program Manager in the planning, coordination, development and oversight of a national level surveillance platform. This position will liaise with stakeholders from the donor organization, key actors within central channels of MLGH, MCDMCH, MOH, MOCTA, Councils, sub-district stakeholders and Akros senior management to facilitate program objectives and optimize resource flow.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all WASH/CLTS implementation and supervision efforts at national, provincial and district levels
  • Monitor WASH progress through IMS, quickly identifying implementation issues and backstopping field staff to resolve issues
  • Routinely assess whether project activities are sufficient to achieve programmatic outcomes; swiftly develop and validate alternate strategies if not
  • Back stop a team of surveillance officers (SO’s) to ensure individual implementation efforts are in line with programmatic outcomes
  • Participate in WASH-related advocacy events as necessary
  • Manage team relationships and group dynamics, and implement performance management processes for all program staff
  • Manage advance requests and ensure all expenditures are in line with set budgets. Accurately forecast expenditures
  • Ensure all forms and records are documented and updated
  • Supervise program staff by providing direction, input and feedback
  • Liaise with program manager to ensure effective and efficient program delivery and provide detailed reports to program manager
  • Conduct routine field visits with SO’s to monitor implementation efforts; provide field-based mentoring to harmonize Akros’ supervision approach

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree (required) or Masters degree (highly preferred) in relevant field
  • 3-5 years experience with program management in developing countries
  • Strong experience working with donors, districts and sub-district structures and managing a dynamic team
  • Self-starter who will thrive through exemplifying ownership and initiative
  • Excellent technical writing, quantitative and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent skills computer skills with fluency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Candidate should be highly productive and internally motivated
  • Candidate should work well against complex and challenging delivery schedules
  • Candidate should be culturally adaptable and sensitive
  • Demonstrable field experience in rural Zambia required

Zambian national preferred

Location, Payment, and Term

This position is based in Lusaka, Zambia, and will be for a period of 24 months beginning on or about April 10, 2016. Annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory performance review. This position will require at least 75% travel within Zambia

Application Instructions

Applications are due no later than Friday 31 March  2017. Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis and are encouraged to apply early. Ensure that you mention Go Zambia Jobs when applying. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV with references to [email protected] with “Application: WASH Deputy Program Manager” as the email’s subject line.

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