Provides strategic vision and leadership for the assigned international region(s) utilizing the support of the Komen Global Strategy & Programs (KGSP) department and existing NGO network to reduce incidence and mortality from breast cancer. Oversees the development of country cancer burden and capacity assessments. Collaborates with organizational leadership to evaluate opportunities, streamline processes, manage grant portfolio assignments, develop initiatives, and oversee program management. Develops in-depth knowledge and expertise of assigned program, including policy, program, management and financial issues and understands how they fit into the organization’s overall priorities. Develops strategic partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders to further the mission of Komen.
- Develops an overall strategic plan for Komen’s engagements in Africa and other regions as assigned.
- Assists in establishment and management of advisory board with expertise in breast cancer and/or public health in targeted regions.
- Oversees the needs assessment of targeted regions to include review of population demographics; burden of breast cancer (and other cancers/diseases); health care delivery capacity; economic capabilities; and other indicators to determine needs.
- Identify potential partners in government, the private sector, NGOs/civil society and community organizations.
- Ensure continued evolution of strategic plan by incorporating emerging data, program evaluation, outcomes assessment, etc.
- Develops and implements breast health/breast cancer awareness and education initiatives responsive to the evidence outlined in the needs assessment and in accordance with the strategic plan.
- Identify appropriate initiatives which may include educational interventions for patients and/or health care providers; train-the-trainer workshops; media campaigns to raise awareness/issue calls for action; workplace awareness programs; or other initiatives responsive to the needs assessment.
- Work collaboratively with the Komen Education & Training department to develop educational interventions based on evidence and aligned with Komen messaging.
- In consultation with the Komen Evaluation & Outcomes department, develop and deploy a robust plan to measure impact of the initiatives.
- Develops and implements partnership network and other local leadership groups in the assigned regions.
- Develop and provide leadership for a national partnership network focused on addressing barriers to the continuum of breast cancer care that lead to disparities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and other initiatives.
- In partnership with the local NGO community, establish Regional Roundtables to discuss promising practices in addressing barriers and disparities, evaluate these practices, and based on evidence, determine “Best Practices” to be replicated in other communities.
Provides overall management of Komen’s grantmaking in the assigned regions.
- In collaboration with the Director, Global Grants and Programs, develop content for Request for Applications and manage application, review, and selection processes.
- Oversee post-award management of funded grants from contract initiation to review of progress and financial reports to release of grant payments to close out.
- Ensure that data is captured and reported to the Evaluation & Outcomes department.
- Serve as chief staff liaison to the PRRR Initiative/Partnership
- Represent Komen and Komen’s role in the PRRR initiative at Steering Committee meetings and other events both in the US and in-country.
- Facilitate the launch and management of PRRR® and related initiatives in selected partner countries (Tanzania, Zambia).
- Explore other platforms, including other primary health care (PHC) programs /initiatives (e.g. maternal/women’s health programs; school-based programs, etc.) that can provide a conducive segue for expanding breast/cervical cancer education, screening/prevention and treatment services to those most at risk/in need.
- Ensure that promised milestones and deliverable due dates are met in accordance with partnership Agreement with PRRR and related donor.
- Contribute substantively to the development of new partnership and donor proposals seeking support for Komen’s strategic efforts in the region.
Support execution of Komen Race for the Cure in the assigned regions.
- Provide expertise in identifying potential partners among national partnership networks, government officials, grantees, and other key stakeholders.
- Assist in development of educational programming and/or messaging as needed.
Administrative and Financial Management Responsibilities
- Represents and promotes Komen in a professional manner to all key stakeholders in the community, including through meetings with Government officials, private sector companies, international and local NGOs, healthcare facilities and the media.
- Supervises programmatic and administrative staff, conducting weekly meetings and providing timely and appropriate feedback.
- Manages budgets and program expenses for in-country activities and complete expense reports with full documentation of all expenses in line with Komen’s processes.
- Works with the Development team to develop proposals for initiatives, programs and funding.
- Works with the Evaluation team to develop and implement an overarching M&E program; to review and approve M&E plans; and to review results of actual evaluations. Reviews and reports on program effectiveness.
- Attracts publicity and positive media coverage as possible, respecting provided guidelines.
- Translates, or facilitates translation of documents as needed.
The Program Director, Africa will supervise in-house and/or in-country consultants, and/or contractors.
Describe minimum (type and amount) of experience required for competent performance in the job.
Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, international development or related fields. 10 or more years of experience in the nonprofit or global health field. Prior work experience must demonstrate proven success working in a multi-national and multi-cultural environment. Direct experience should include developing strategic plans based on analytic assessments; leading teams with members from a variety of constituencies; representing an organization at a variety of venues (conferences, meetings, negotiations); building cross-departmental and functional support for projects; and solving problems/analyzing complex situations. Must have very strong interpersonal, communications, and negotiating skills; requires demonstrated success as a persuasive public speaker. Ability to travel, domestically and internationally. Program management experience and prior supervisory experience required. The ability to speak, read and write in English and a second language spoken widely in Africa (French, Arabic, etc.) highly desired.
Describe preferred (type and amount) of experience for competent performance in the job.
Doctoral degree public health, social sciences, international development or related fields. The capability to speak, read and write English and more than one foreign language spoken widely in Africa (French, Arabic, etc.) Multi-cultural experience and multi-lingual skills through living and working abroad, especially in Africa, highly desired. Regional and/or country specific contacts with like-minded organizations a plus. Prior experience working with foreign health ministers and/or groups such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or USAID a strong plus.
Describe specialized knowledge requirements of the position.
Specialized requirements include international travel and working within a variety of cultures.
Fiscal and Operating Statistics
Manages budgets and program expenses for in-country workshops and complete expense reports with full documentation of all expenses in line with Komen’s processes.