South Africa: Country Director – Centurion new offices

Organization: ICAP
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 30 Jun 2018


Reporting to the Director and the Deputy Director of ICAP at Columbia University, the Country Director of South Africa serves as the primary ICAP representative in South Africa. Respon-sible for the strategic leadership and direction of all of ICAP’s programs of research, technical assistance and training in South Africa, he/she will manage all aspects of the country program, including technical, programmatic and operational aspects while ensuring optimal use of human, financial and physical resources and full compliance with donor regulations and requirements and University policies. Furthermore, the incumbent will lead the implementation and monitoring of ICAP’s portfolio of work in-country and provide administrative supervision to South Africa-based ICAP staff who work regionally in support of ICAP’s work in other countries. The Country Director will develop and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with representatives from the Government of South Africa (GOS), academic institutions, donors, supporters and other implementing and collaborating partners.


• Provide strategic leadership to the design and implementation of country programs, projects and activities and oversee program planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation

• Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and physical resources to successfully meet project milestones and technical quality standards, and to achieve project objectives, deliverables and targets

• Provide leadership and ensure that all projects and activities are executed in line with and meet the technical standards and expectations of ICAP and its donors and supporters

• Oversee and coordinate the successful completion of planning and budgeting requirements of the country office

• Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of projects, including progress toward achieving objectives and targets with high-quality and on-time performance

• Provide effective oversight of all financial and administrative functions undertaken by the country office to ensure efficient and effective as well as provision of sufficient administrative support to all projects

• Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with ICAP standard operating procedures, Columbia University and donor policies and regulations, and national policies and laws

• Develop and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with representatives from the Government of South Africa (GOS), academic institutions, donors, supporters and other implementing and collaborating partners

• Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned

• Lead in-country efforts for development and mobilisation of new resources and donor commitments

• Perform other duties, as assigned.


• MBcHB / MD (or international equivalent), PhD, MPH, or other relevant advanced degree in the fields of Public Health or International Development

• A minimum of 8 years’ experience in managing large international public health or human development programs with at least 5 years in managing public health programs in resource-limited settings

• Experience in HIV/ AIDS program development, implementation and monitoring in resource-limited settings

• Demonstrated knowledge of technical content areas relevant to the current projects within the ICAP South Africa country portfolio

• A proven record of leading donor-funded projects, which consistently meet objectives and targets

• Experience in working on or leading health and development projects supported by the US Government, the Global Fund, the UN system agencies, foundations or other bilateral donors

• Demonstrated knowledge of rules, regulations and requirements of USG and other major international donors

• Demonstrated experience and skill in public health diplomacy, negotiations and cross-cultural communications

• Excellent verbal, presentation and written skills

• Demonstrated ability to identify, analyse and resolve problems, constraints and issues relevant to project implementation and performance

• Proven ability to lead, manage and mentor a culturally diverse team operating in complex environments.


• In-depth knowledge of the South African public health sector and national and provincial health systems

• Demonstrated experience in overseeing the design and implementation of research studies, public health evaluations and training and education programs.


2-4 international trips per year and very frequent national trips to other Provinces within the country.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should forward a detailed CV as well as a cover letter with the subject line “Country Director” to the following address: