at Carter Center
Published February 13, 2024
Location Guatemala City, Guatemala
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


The Director of OEPA plays a pivotal role in the management, coordination, and strategic oversight of the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA).

This role provides leadership and guidance to the OEPA regional initiative, supervises staff, engages stakeholders, provides fiscal oversight, and leads strategic planning across the two endemic and four formerly endemic countries. The Director will report to the Senior Country Representative. This position will be headquartered in Guatemala City.

Primary Responsibilities:

Oversee and manage the overall operations of the OEPA program. In partnership with national ministries of health, ensure efficient coordination and implementation of OEPA project activities in alignment with goals, schedules and budgets.
Provide visionary leadership and strategic direction for the OEPA program, ensuring alignment with organizational strategic plans and international health standards.
Act as a liaison between national programs and the Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) of OEPA. Receive, analyze, and disseminate reports to relevant stakeholders, including donors, NGOs, international organizations, and government officials.
Review National Plans and budgets. Help update regional and international policy regarding onchocerciasis elimination.
Submit regular institutional program reports (including monthly and annual). Maintain regular communication with the Chairperson of the PCC and subcommittees, providing periodic reports as needed.. Represent OEPA by making presentations at international meetings and workshops.
Identify potential donor sources and support fundraising activities for program sustainability. Assist with preparation of grant proposals and donor deliverables. Participate in high-level meetings with donors and potential donors.
Assist, in coordination with Atlanta office, in requests from institutional and partner communications departments. Promote information sharing and standardization related to program design, data, epidemiology, training, and systems among participating groups.
Approve procurement of equipment, supplies, and consultant services necessary for program operations. Make day-to-day decisions on behalf of OEPA, reporting to the Senior Country Representative.
Supervise OEPA team in accordance with Carter Center personnel policies. Ensure harmonious, respectful, and high-functioning team dynamic through regular team meetings and adherence to performance management procedures, including biannual discussions with direct reports.
Initiate and oversee activities in line with approved work plans and OEPA objectives. Maintain coordination among national programs and participating groups.
Promote understanding and interest in the regional program by cultivating high-level stakeholder participation in international meetings hosted, co-hosted, or otherwise supported by OEPA. Conduct advocacy with all relevant levels of government where program operates.
Plan, administer, and monitor relevant program budgets, including capital equipment, operations, and personnel, by reviewing prior budget expenses, regularly reviewing year-to-date expenses, investigating variances, and taking corrective action to control expenses at approved levels. Ensure rigorous financial oversight of program, as well as subgrants to national programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, public administration or a related field and ten years of related experience, which includes five years of managing international programs in Latin America, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training. Fluent in English and Spanish.

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduate of the Field Epidemiology Training Program is highly preferred.
Demonstrated leadership in managing multi-stakeholder programs, with a proven track record of successful program implementation.
Strong understanding of epidemiological issues and health systems.
Experience working in complex global health environments.
Exceptional communication, negotiation, and stakeholder management skills.
Ability to lead, manage, and motivate a diverse team, foster innovation, and drive program excellence.
Record of working in complex environments while driving innovation and systems changes.
Experience developing and implementing a long-term vision and supporting a strategic plan.

Please send a CV and cover letter. The subject line ought to include; Application Director, OEPA, Guatemala. All documents should be in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF format. Materials in other formats or applications without required materials will not be considered. In the body of the e-mail, please indicate where you saw the job posting.

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