Liberia: Country Director (Operations)

Organization: University of Massachusetts
Country: Liberia
Closing date: 21 Oct 2016

The Country Director for the University of Massachusetts in Liberia will provide overall in-country leadership on the CDC Project (defined below) and direct the in-country UMMS Administrative and Operations Core. The CDC Liberia Project – Sustained Strengthening of Public Health Laboratory, Transfusion Services, and Health Care Worker Infection Control Practices for Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia – is a multi-year Cooperative Agreement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is the primary recipient of CDC funds and is overseeing project design and implementation, as well as monitoring and reporting. The CDC Project is being implemented through an academic consortium (the Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL)) that was established during the Ebola outbreak in partnership with the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS). Other ACCEL members involved in the CDC Project partners include Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

The Country Director has overall responsibility for in-country operations and administration, including laboratory logistics, finance and fleet. Under the general direction of the UMMS Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Science and Global Health and the Principal Investigator on the CDC Liberia Project (CDC Project PI), the Country Director will work closely with various collaborators, including ACCEL faculty and staff, CDC staff, the Government of Liberia (GoL), and other in country partners to implement the CDC Liberia Project in a compliant and efficient manner. The Country Director will also represent the UMMS Office of Global Health in Liberia, and as such, will have final authority for in-country decisions related to UMMS presence, interests, or immediate and time-sensitive risks to UMMS and projects.

The CDC Project is starting Year 2 of a two year grant (with possibility of extension). Year 2 will see the implementation of a robust, public health-focused approach to lab system strengthening, so the Country Director must bring technical capacity in laboratory system strengthening and an ability to meet operational demands related to lab supply chain, inventory and warehousing, as well as extensive field training and supervision activities.

Please refer to the online job description for full details.

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter and CV via the UMMS online recruitment portal: