Malawi Program Country Director

Location: Zomba, Malawi
Type of contract: Full-time two-year contract with possibility of renewal
Anticipated start date: December 1, 2017
Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with skills and experience, with a generous housing, travel, and health benefits package.


At Dignitas International, we believe in the inherent dignity of every human being and that the right to health belongs to everyone. We work on the frontlines to deliver medical care, conduct high-impact research to strengthen health systems, and use our experience and evidence to advocate for equitable national and global health policy. Dignitas is a registered charity in both Canada and the United States with its headquarters in Toronto, Canada. For more information, please go to our website


Dignitas launched in Zomba, Malawi in 2004 in response to the HIV and AIDS emergency in southern Africa. Our work has evolved over the last twelve years to focus on the specific needs of underserved groups: women, mothers and newborns, adolescents, prisoners, and health workers. We have supported the Ministry of Health in Malawi to develop, implement and evaluate integrated care and treatment models for HIV, tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including hypertension, diabetes and cervical cancer.

A PEPFAR implementing partner since 2010, today Dignitas is an integral part of the Malawian national response to the HIV epidemic. In addition to our work in HIV and AIDS, Dignitas implements a broad range of other medical programming, research, and knowledge translation activities across the south east zone of Malawi, and nationally. With offices based in Zomba, a $10M annual operating budget and a team of some 400 staff, Dignitas is a significant actor in the national effort to achieve the 90-90-90 goals.


We are looking for a leader for our 400-person team based in Zomba, Malawi, someone who can develop a strong vision for Dignitas’ integrated medical, research and knowledge translation programs across the south-east zone. We’re seeking the person who can introduce us to new partners, and strengthen relationships with existing ones – the person who can serve as Dignitas’ biggest advocate in the country.

Develop the plan and the strategy. Develop a shared blueprint to implement Dignitas’ programs in Malawi and plan for future growth. Deliver on targets and create impact.

Lead the team. Provide leadership to our team of doctors, nurses, medical professionals, community workers, scientists, epidemiologists and operations staff. Using a collaborative management approach, make this team hum. Ensure team members to valued and enable them to learn, grow, and thrive in their place of work. Train and guide staff to build their technical knowledge and operations management skills.

Ensure excellence. Dignitas has built a strong reputation for quality programs that integrate medical care, research and knowledge translation. Uphold that reputation through implementation of best practice and the highest quality in medical programming.

Represent & Advocate. Build and maintain strong relationships with partners, government agencies, and donors, such as USAID, UKAID, and Global Affairs Canada. Represent Dignitas at a national level in Malawi, ensuring our knowledge and expertise is at the table in both technical and political for a. Raise Dignitas’ visibility at conferences and meetings and identify opportunities to showcase our work.

Develop new programs. Work with technical and business development staff to identify, track and coordinate responses to funding opportunities. Help develop corporate partnerships and other new opportunities for revenue.

Provide senior leadership within Dignitas: Bring your experience and skills to Dignitas as an institution to help us find solutions to the next wave of global health challenges.


Your qualities, experience, and skills will enable you to excel at this role. You …

Have Educational Credentials. MPH, MBA, MD, MSc or equivalent degree in global health, development, business or international relations.

Bring expertise. You have at least eight years’ experience managing people, budgets and public health programs, including at least three years leading a medium to large country program in Africa. You have at least five years’ experience in health system strengthening and solid knowledge of HIV/AIDS.

Seasoned fundraiser. You have experience identifying new business opportunities for health and securing funds from donors like USAID, DfID, AusAid, UN, and The Global Fund.

Donor experience. You have experience managing large USAID-funded global health projects.

Collaborative leader. You are able to inspire a shared vision for the staff. You are able to operationalize that vision, turning ideas and plans into action and results. You have the ability to bring your ideas and vision to shape the future direction of Dignitas as an institution.

A connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, health care facilities, and global health donors. You are able to identify new donors and partners for programs. You are able to spot trends and keep the Dignitas global headquarters informed about health trends and opportunities in Malawi.


If we’ve piqued your interest and you’d like to speak to someone further about this position, please write to Catherine Collins at:


and she will ensure that someone from our recruiting team contacts you by phone.

For full copy of job description, please go to:


Please forward full a curriculum vitae and cover letter to:

Email: with ‘Malawi Country Director’ in the subject line.

Closing date is September 21, 2017 at 5 pm EST.

Dignitas sincerely thanks all those who apply, however only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be short-listed on a regular basis and the position may be filled prior to the closing date.


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Location: Zomba

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary: N/A

Job deadline: 21st September, 2017

Company: Dignitas International

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