Program Associate, Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Helen Keller International
Program Associate, Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
(New York, NY)
Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States. Renowned for its reliability, efficiency and high level of technical expertise, HKI promotes the development of sustainable, large-scale programs that deliver effective preventative and curative services for nutrition, eye health and neglected tropical diseases. The hallmark of the organization’s work is its proven success in developing, testing and scaling-up health interventions, and integrating them within government and community structures to support and build local capacity and sustainable solutions.
Scope of Work:
The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Program Associate will provide programmatic and program-related financial support to HKI’s NTD unit, which oversees programs across the Africa region. Reporting to the NTD Senior Program Manager, the Program Associate will work closely with both the NTD Senior Program Manager and NTD Finance Manager, and will liaise frequently with other HQ, Regional, and Country Office NTD staff, as well as with HKI’s donors. The NTD Associate’s main responsibilities include programmatic, and operational support to the country offices for preparation of work plans, budgets, donor reports, success stories, and day-to-day monitoring and evaluation of program objectives. The position requires travel to program sites for the purpose of Monitoring & Evaluation, Quality Assurance, planning meetings and trainings.
Program & Technical Support
- Work with team to monitor progress of country NTD programs against stated objectives and program outputs.
- Assist country offices to apply best practices for conducting specialized evaluations to measure the impact of program activities on various indicators.
- Participate in unit’s analysis of experiences across several country and regional contexts in order to synthesize information and document lessons-learned in order to make recommendations to country offices for incorporation of these lessons into ongoing program activities.
- Assist country offices with the development of proposals, annual work plans, and briefs to be shared with internal and external audiences.
- Participate in meetings with individual country and regional offices to determine priorities and place those priorities within technical and programmatic contexts.
- Prepare first draft of documents for review by senior members of the team.
- Work with the Development department to identify funding opportunities and to promote programmatic successes in written form.
- Train staff and in-country partners on programmatic and operational management of NTD programs. Participate in review of training materials and processes.
- Collaborate with country and regional offices to identify topics and assist in the writing and editing of articles for submission to peer-reviewed publications.
- Curate a Community of Practice and library on the KellerNet (HKI’s intranet).
- Upload recent publications by HKI staff to KellerNet and public website.
- Review, organize and/or annotate resources for NTDs (research papers; tools; guidance) on key themes (M&E, BCC, gender) for COP pages.
- Review documents for KellerNet library, identifying technical focus and keywords with which to tag resources on an on-going basis.
- Maintain an ongoing dialogue with regional and country offices to assess progress and support timely and quality implementation and to alert appropriate staff at country, regional and HQ levels to potential delays.
- Maintain ability to reflect state-of-the-art protocols and practices by ongoing reading of technical guidelines and manuals.
- Collaborate with team to develop and maintain relationships with donors, partners, internal staff, and consultants to provide quick and accurate program and financial information as needed.
- Manage NTD reporting calendar, incorporating all required donor reporting by country offices. Ensure the progress of all reports is accurately tracked to ensure timely submission of high quality reports to donors.
- Procure medical supplies and provide technical assistance in drug forecasting on behalf of the country offices including: requesting quotes, placing orders, arranging for payment and shipment, and documenting the process. Assist with other procurements as needed.
- Ensure that the Project Database is fully up-to-date at all times and that all reports are posted.
- Prepare budget narratives for annual program budgets and fixed obligation grants, ensuring that budgets are consistent with work plans.
- Notify country offices of report deadlines; establish a timeline for submission
- Receive, review, edit, synthesize information, and coordinate layers of review among all parties.
- Master’s Degree in public health or international development with experience in quantitative/qualitative analysis, program monitoring and evaluation, and creating and monitoring budgets and knowledge of financial processes; plus at least 3-4 four years directly relevant work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working overseas experience is strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated understanding of the synergy between the programmatic, operational, and financial components of public health initiatives.
- Oral and written proficiency in English is required; oral and written proficiency in French is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is preferred. Knowledge of the Africa region is strongly preferred.
- Ability to perform duties that require very close attention to detail and synthesize large amounts of information simultaneously.
- Ability to communicate effectively across cultures including:
- Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion.
- Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team.
- Knowledge of Microsoft software products, including strong Excel skills; use of data analysis software such as STATA, SAS, SPSS, and EpiInfo is preferred.
- Current US work authorization plus residence in or willingness to relocate to the NY metro area.
- Ability to undertake U.S domestic and international travel (approximately 6-8 weeks of travel per year).
- asking for information in a way that is very clear and specific
- conducting trainings for field office staff and in-country partners that will be well received
- interacting with internal and external colleagues
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org noting the position title in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.