Project Director, Spatial Repellent Product For Vector Control

Catholic Relief Services Baltimore , MD 21203

Posted 7 months ago


Job Title: Project Director, Spatial Repellent Product for Vector Control

Internal Title: Chief of Party II

Department: Program Impact & QA

Reports To: Director, Global Grants

Country/Location: Baltimore, Maryland, or Bamako, Mali


Spatial repellents (SRs) have been widely used for the prevention of mosquito bites but their efficacy in reducing mosquito borne diseases has never been evaluated in Africa. To address this knowledge gap, Unitaid has awarded a research project to the University of Notre Dame to evaluate slow-release spatial repellents that can be easily deployed in houses and temporary shelters. The repellants are delivered via small, clear plastic sheets hung in strategic spots. CRS will be responsible for conducting both a randomized control trial (RCT) in Mali, and if results are positive, CRS will also conduct operations research in both Mali and Uganda among displaced populations.

Evidence from the RCT will inform global malaria policy, and evidence from the operations research will inform operational effectiveness of the SRs through different 'real-life' delivery systems for donor market introduction. Entomological outcomes of malaria transmission will be measured in both studies to help develop guidelines for the evaluation of future SR products.

Working with consortium partners, CRS will be responsible for developing study protocols, acquiring domestic and international regulatory approvals, implementing activities according to protocol, reporting and disseminating findings.

Job Summary:

As Project Director (COP II) you will provide vision, leadership and overall management of CRS' scope of work within the Spatial Repellent Product for Vector Control project in Mali and Uganda, and serve as co-Principal Investigator on the RCT and OR. Your strategic leadership, management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming and advance the position of CRS as a leading agency in malaria. As a senior leader you will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.

The successful candidate will be a key decision-maker, an adept manager, a technical expert in one or more areas of malaria service delivery or vector control, experienced in managing RCTs and operations research projects, experience with obtaining local IRB approval, skilled in leading a global team of indirect reports, and able to coordinate multiple implementing partner organizations to ensure operational and programmatic efficiency and success.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the development and implementation of the project, including ensuring that the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as CRS' primary point of contact to the prime recipient and consortium partners as well as builds relationships with key stakeholders such as National Malaria Control Programs, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other development sector stakeholders.

  • Ensure the project activities are designed and implemented to meet donor and prime recipient expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure program quality standards are adhered to per CRS MEAL policy and procedures.

  • Ensure approved study protocols are adhered to according to GCP and GLP standards, and that in-country research ethics (IRB) reviews, amendments (as needed) and continuing reviews are completed.

  • Effectively matrix manage and provide oversight to in-country CRS and partner staff who will lead in-country RCT, operations research, and entomological activities . Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Contribute to development plans and performance assessments for matrixed staff . Contribute to the development of in-country staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.

  • Lead technical planning in coordination with the country-based teams and global/regional-level CRS Malaria Advisors;

  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming.

  • Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with Unitaid grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to the prime. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to the prime.

  • Represent CRS programming in international circles, highlighting innovative work. Publish program results and deliver presentations as requested by the prime. Oversee the development of internal communication strategies and materials, complying with project, donor and CRS' branding and marketing requirements and procedures.

  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high quality training and technical assistance.

Typical Background, Experience &


Education and Experience

  • PhD or equivalent degree.

  • Experience in leading research studies, with experience in managing or overseeing RCTs is required

  • 7 or more years' relevant management and technical experience in malaria prevention and vector control; experience working in Africa required.

  • Established leader in sector. Technical proficiency in malaria prevention and management. Technical proficiency in RCTs and operations research -- including supporting in country teams with obtaining IRB approvals, and on principles of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and study/evaluation design.

  • Demonstrated experience of successful complex malaria service delivery program management with a research focus, including management of complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.

  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with and advocating among a broad set of diverse stakeholders includingcommunities, local and national governments, the World Health Organization, donors, International and national organizations and partners.

  • 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment. Experience coaching and mentoring senior program staff.

  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.

  • Ability to represent and present at high levels.

  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Personal Skills

  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.

  • Excellent relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.

  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching/mentoring skills.

  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences.

  • Proven strategic planning andproposal development skills.

  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Fluency in written and spoken English; Professional proficiency in French is required

Travel Required: 30-50% required travel, depending on project implementation phases.

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory Matrixed management of the Mali and Uganda country project directors.

Internal: Spatial Repellents project team, Director of Global Grants, Director of Global Health, Senior Technical Advisor (STA)-- Malaria, Malaria Technical Advisor, STA - Health Policy & Community Health, STA - Health Evaluation and Research, STA - Humanitarian Response, other HQ department staff such as Finance and compliance, Regional staff, and Country Program staff.

External : Prime recipient of grant, consortium partners, government officials, donor agencies, other public and private sector actors working in malaria.

Agency-wide Competencies:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity

  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation

  • Builds Relationships

  • Develops Talent

  • Strategic Mindset

  • Accountability & Stewardship

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

  • Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who sha
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Project Director, Spatial Repellent Product For Vector Control

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