New Job Vacancy at HJF Medical Research International (HJFMRI) Tanzania – Executive Director

HJF Medical Research International (HJFMRI)

in Tanzania 2020:
New Job Vacancies at HJF Medical Research International, Inc. (HJFMRI) 2020

About HJFMRI Tanzania Program
The Walter Reed Program Tanzania (WRP-T) is a collaborative effort that
supports PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention and treatment activities in the
Southern Highlands and within the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces
(TPDF). HJF Medical Research International, Inc Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is a
local non-profit that has supported these efforts since 2004 for the
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). PEPFAR activities are
conducted in close collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health,
Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; and the President’s
Office of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG),
through the Regional and Council Health Management Teams.

HJFMRI-T HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T)
providing care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS and has been
actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming, providing resources,
personnel, and services to the Southern Highlands Zone. The program has
expanded from supporting the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital to becoming a
hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the Zone to community support
through decentralized services, with the overall objective of
implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care, and treatment
services. HJFMRI-T currently focuses specifically on four regions in the
Southern Highlands Zone, namely Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, and Songwe. The
program also supports TPDF to implement comprehensive HIV prevention
care and treatment program in 21 sites throughout the country. 
HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T)
is seeking qualified candidates to fill the jobs positions below…



Executive Director – Military HIV Research Program
Job Category: Executive
Requisition Number: EXECU01574
Location: Dar es Salaam, DS, TZA
Travel Required: Yes
Job Description
Join the HJF Team !
is seeking a Executive Director to support the US Military HIV Research
Program (MHRP) located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. HJF provides
scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MHRP.
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incumbent will work to support the program across Tanzania in the
day-to-day oversight of diverse activities and personnel executing and
supporting public health and research programs. Activities will include,
but are not limited to, senior review and approval, where appropriate,
of procurement and contracting activities and documents; coordinating
and responding to requests from senior management and designated program
and funding authorities (i.e. MHRP, HJF HQ, Embassy team etc.), and
engaging with local and international partners. The Executive Director
is the primary point of contact with the WRAIR US Government (USG) team
based in Dar es Salaam and serves as the HJF in­ country lead for PEPFAR
implementation. Additionally, the Executive Director maintains routine
communication with Government of Tanzania (GoT) counterparts, and
partner institutions, and is responsible for overall program management
and guidance to team members.

The PEPFAR program in
Tanzania covers four regions in Southern Highlands Zone with a catchment
population of over four million people. The large portfolio includes
over 370 medical facilities and 40 NGO/CBO/FBO spanning facility-based
services and community interventions ensuring a continuum of care
throughout the zone. Services provided by local partners span the gamut
of behavioral prevention to Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART). This position
will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with frequent travel to Mbeya
and Dodoma, as required.


  • Continuously
    drives strategic direction and planning process for the program in
    country in coordination with US-based HJF and WRAIR personnel and WRAIR
    staff located at the Embassy in Dar es Salaam.
  • Represents the
    program in all matters pertaining to implementation before the
    Government of Tanzania (GoT), WRAIR, and other key stakeholders,
    including interactions with the most senior levels representatives of
    these institutions.
  • Fosters and cultivates high-value
    relationships with all relevant the Ministries (Ministry of Health and
    Social Welfare, Office of the Prime Minister, National Institute of
    Medical Research, etc.) and other GoT institutions (National AIDS
    Control Programme and President’s Office – Regional Administration and
    Local Government) at all levels.
  • Develops and maintains
    strategic relationships and alliances with the other USG partners and
    funders, including private sector partnerships.
  • Strongly advocates on behalf of the program with the GoT and other national/international partners.
  • Increases
    positive visibility of the program through effective representation at
    high-level visits with USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, and the Ministry of Health.
  • Champions
    the work planning process; ensures that programmatic plans are in­ line
    with overall strategic goals and that administrative/operational work
    plans can effectively support those activities.
  • Serves as the
    senior level position overseeing all HJF/HJFMRI activities supporting
    the WRAIR PEPFAR care and treatment program in Tanzania.
  • Develops
    and maintains a broad, consistent, and constructive engagement with
    MHRP headquarters, HJF Home Office (HO) and HJF Regional Office (HRO) to
    foster a sense of shared community, mutual trust, and transparency.
  • Engages
    in frequent and routine communication with HJF HO, HRO, WRAIR HQ and
    WRAIR Dar es Salaam, keeping all abreast of progress and potential
  • Works with administrative, technical and programmatic
    leads to ensure effective implementation and coordination of program
    activities and monitor progress toward the achievement of the
    project-specific program goals and objectives.
  • Ensures that
    technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out
    according to WRAIR/ US Dep. of Army and HJF policies and procedures.
  • Ensures the human, material, structural, and financial resources are appropriate for the program’s success.
  • Responsible
    and accountable for the financial performance of the site to include
    high quality and on-time delivery of interim and final budgets.
  • Presents
    progress, achievements, and lessons learned to key stakeholders,
    including funder, government, and other implementing partners.
  • Ensures timely and accurate reporting of program activities and results to HJF HO, WRAIR and USG in country contacts.
  • Oversees
    implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities and
    assures the quality of technical interventions at national and
    provincial level.
  • Assures the sustainability of interventions, particularly in the area of capacity building.
  • Proactively
    identifies and resolves potential problems and solicits assistance and
    input as needed to ensure that the project’s performance meets or
    exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements.
  • Provides
    collaborative assistance and mentoring to other program personnel and
    research scientists that require the incumbent’s expertise.
  • Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel.
  • Leads and supports a productive team environment.
  • Completes other projects as needed.
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Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated experience of successfully managing relationships with
governments, donors, and other partners in a complex political
environment. Knowledge of infectious diseases and/or public/global
health both with international development with a focus on health
preferred. Outstanding leadership skills with a proven track record of
building, directing, motivating, and managing teams composed of
technical experts, program managers, and administrative staff. Strong
communication skills; a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively
in a variety of contexts: large and small groups, verbal, written and
interpersonal skills; Fluency in written and spoken English required;
fluency in Kiswahili a plus. Excellent strategic agility, diplomatic,
advocacy, and conflict management skills. Program management experience
in international settings. Knowledge of applicable USG procurement and
contracting policies a plus. Ability to independently troubleshoot tasks
and challenges. Work as a leader and part of a team in a remote

Minimum Education:
Master’s in public health
is required. PhD in a related field preferred. At least 10 years of
professional experience in global health; 10 years of senior level
experience in program development, implementation, and successful
management of health programs; research or medical programs experience a
plus. At least 10 years of direct leadership, management, and
supervisory experience. Demonstrated familiarity with – and execution of
– PEPFAR implementation. Proven ability to solve complex technical and
management problems in a timely and successful manner. Sound versatility
and integrity, as well as leadership and decision-making skills.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements:
More than 10 years of relevant work experience required.
Physical Capabilities: Incumbent
will be expected to relocate to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and frequent
travel to supported regions in the Southern Highlands, Dodoma, and
Bethesda, Maryland (USA) as necessary to perform job duties.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Incumbent
will work under the direct supervision of the Director, Global Health
Program, HJF, in the US as well as in conjunction with the Tanzania
WRAIR Country Director, the senior USG DoD personnel in country.
Work Environment:
May require working evenings and weekends, as necessary.
Travel Requirements: This position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with frequent travel to Mbeya and Dodoma, as required.



with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background
check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your
professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses,
education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug
screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.

qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated
minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources

Travel Required
Yes. Will be based in Dar es Salaam, with frequent travel to Mbeya and Dodoma

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate
against employees or applicants because they have inquired about,
discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or
applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation
information of other employees or applicants as a part of their
essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or
applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to
compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a
formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation,
proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by
the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to
furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)