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Position: Country Director
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Posted date: 2 weeks ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships and expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.

PATH in Ethiopia is a trusted partner to MOH and RHBs and drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. PATH has been implementing various projects in the country since 2007 and benefited more than 6 million children and women directly and 11 million people directly. PATH work in Ethiopia is mainly focused on malaria control and elimination, Vaccines/immunization, improving child health, and COVID-19 vaccine implementation in Ethiopia in partnership with key governmental and non-governmental organizations.

We are seeking to recruit a Country Director for our Ethiopia Country Program. The Country Director is responsible for business development to enable a diversified and sustainable portfolio and for quality execution of solutions and projects across all of PATH’s platforms. She/he will also develop and nurture partnerships to ensure local to global impact wherever possible. This role will represent PATH locally, regionally, and internationally and elevate our standing as the leading NGO in global health innovation, especially in the development and commercialization of devices, diagnostics, drugs, vaccines, and program services.

 Reporting to the East Africa Hub Director, the Country Director mobilizes the technical, programmatic, and operational resources and expertise to meet country needs. She/he is responsible for PATH’s organizational strategy to harness strengths across teams to maximize our impact and value at the country level. This will be accomplished through strong leadership to ensure programs are executed with the highest quality, have a sustainable program design and pipeline, demonstrate value for money, and ultimately improve the health of targeted populations.

 The Country Director will also be a key leader in Global Innovation efforts, particularly focused on fostering East African innovation ecosystems. This will involve collaborations with academia, Government, multilateral donors, the private sector, NGOs, and corporations.

Specific duties:

  • Lead, direct and oversee PATH’s work in Ethiopia and contribute to PATH Ethiopia overall strategic and organizational development. Specifically:
  • Work with the PATH staff in Ethiopia, regional and global teams to support the execution of the Ethiopia Country portfolio.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Ministry of Health, partners including CSOs and current and potential donors.
  • Co-ordinate PATH’s participation in key policy fora including TWGs and other technical and coordination bodies nationally and regionally both within the Government of Ethiopia’s MOH and other relevant ministries and NGO/CSO coordination bodies working closely with project directors.
  •  Lead Business Development strategy: work with the hub, regional and global teams to identify and respond to potential opportunities and assist in the expansion and diversification of PATH’s portfolio.
  • Provide technical support and oversight to specific projects as in consultation with global program teams and project directors.

Required Experience

  • Advanced degree in public health, medicine, business or related field, and a minimum of 12 years of experience that includes advanced technical competency in one or more of the following areas: Health systems, maternal child health and nutrition; HIV/TB; non-communicable diseases; sexual and reproductive health and rights; or technology innovations such as digital health; vaccine and immunization. A combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated success serving in an executive or senior leadership role, overseeing all the functions and operations of the entity.
  • Proven record of business development, resource mobilization, and partnership building in a competitive landscape.
  • Experience working with major global health funders, including USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO, Gavi, etc.
  • Proven ability to develop business and organizational vision by implementing a strategic roadmap.
  • Record of accomplishment in successful networking as well as effective interactions with donors and collaborating agencies, including private, public, government and non-profit entities.
  • Knowledge in development of new health technologies, product development, and implementation of programs in low resource settings.
  • Knowledge of in-country needs and opportunities.
  • Effective leadership skills and progressive people management experience, including managing through senior leaders, systems and processes.
  • Ability to effectively scope problems, anticipate and pre-empt emerging issues and make decisions with conviction even in highly ambiguous contexts.
  • Reputation as a flexible team player with the ability to forge alignment in a matrix organization and effectively collaborate across boundaries and teams.
  • Record of accomplishment in creating and leading high-performing and adaptable teams across cultures and geographies and mentoring global health professionals at different career stages.
  • Proven ability to oversee leaders that are responsible for the conceptualization and design of projects from proposal development and fundraising strategies to program delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of global health trends as well as Ethiopia’s health systems and health sector approaches.
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence, discretion and strategic agility.
  • Fluent in English with excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Willing to travel internationally and domestically up to 25%.
  • PATH seeks to employ a workforce that reflects the communities it serves; ideal candidates will be residents of Ethiopia or citizens willing to return.

Competency profile

  • Analytical & strategic Skills - Strong analytical, creative, and strategic thinking and planning skills required. Taking a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens.
  • Steward resources- Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Plans & Aligns (Prioritization): Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational needs.
  • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Collaborates: Building partnerships (internally & externally) and work collaboratively with others to meet objectives.
  • Communicate effectively.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment.

PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, caste, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.