RTI International is seeking a Project Director for a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded project to strengthen public health preparedness and response in Central America (CAR) through improved public health surveillance of epidemic-prone diseases and unusual health events. The 5-year project will be conducted in close collaboration with CDC and Ministries of Health (MoHs) across the region to strengthen the existing public health infrastructure to respond rapidly and effectively to disease outbreaks, health threats, and public health emergencies of international concern. RTI will act as the lead partner for the cooperative agreement, engaging directly with the MoHs, GHS partners, and other stakeholders. The Project Director reports to the U.S.-based Principal Investigator and is responsible for regional and in-country leadership and management of the project’s performance, providing technical direction to the program, and representing RTI to stakeholders. The Project Director will maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders (e.g., MoHs, Council of Ministries of Health of Central America (COMISCA), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)), strategic partners at the national and sub-national level) and secure the necessary resources (technical, financial, logistical, and human) to support the project. This position will require travel throughout the region and within in-country travel to high-priority areas. This is a full-time, 1-year term position with potential to be renewed annually.
• Serve as RTI’s key liaison to CDC-CAR, MoHs, COMISCA, PAHO, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners at the national and sub-national levels.
• Proactively assess the feasibility of project scope and activities and develop annual plans, in alignment with the national surveillance strategies and directives for each corresponding country.
• Work with and coordinate activities with priority area leads, subject matter experts and other technical staff as needed.
• Oversee project engagement activities including identifying strategic partners and stakeholders.
• Coordinate the design, planning, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of in-country activities that promote GHS objectives and support the MoHs in implementing the strategies and activities in public health surveillance, laboratory capacity strengthening, and emergency and outbreak response.
• Ensure effective coordination with GHS partners and stakeholders, including regional, national, and sub-national levels.
Lead partner and stakeholder engagement to establish long-term ownership and sustainability of the project activities supported in the country of placement.
Participate in select stakeholder meetings and technical working groups to represent the project and ensure collaboration and effective coordination of relevant technical work.
• Hire local staff as needed; manage staff and resources to ensure that project activities/deliverables are on time, on budget, and on target for accomplishing short- and long-term project goals.
• Seek solutions for issues that may affect the project timeline, costs, or quality of deliverables.
• Promptly report unexpected delays, costs, or quality issues to the RTI Principal Investigator.
• Routinely communicate with U.S.-based project staff to plan technical activities and provide updates on progress.
• Contribute to preparation of monthly and annual reports.
• Assist with the dissemination of project results and activities through stakeholder reports, guidance documents, and peer-reviewed articles.
• Master’s degree in medicine, public health, or other health-related field and a minimum of 12 years of relevant work experience or a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 15 years of experience.
• Demonstrated expertise in building public health capacity and establishing collaborative relationships with stakeholders at multiple levels.
• Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Must be capable of effective oral and written communication in Spanish and English.
• Experience working with public health entities in Guatemala including, but limited to, the Ministry of Health, or the CDC Central America Regional office
• Previous experience managing U.S. government-funded projects, including staff supervision and budget oversight