Project Manager at Amref Health Africa

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • 000 USD / Year
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Amref Health Africa


Amref Health Africa was founded in 1957 and has since grown to become the largest African-based
international health development organisation; currently implementing more than 180 programmes,
reaching more than 40 million people across 35 African countries; and a staff complement of over
2,000. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa has offices in ten countries in Africa –
Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea (Conakry), Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. An additional eleven advocacy and fundraising offices are located in Europe and North

Amref Health Africa is driven by its vision of ‘Lasting health change in Africa’ and its mission ‘To
catalyse and drive community-led and people-centred health systems while addressing social
determinants of health’. We believe that the power to transform Africa’s health lies within its
communities, and therefore strive to ensure that health systems are not only functional but that
communities are empowered to hold these systems accountable for the delivery of quality and
affordable health care.

In Zambia, Amref is registered as a local organisation since 2016. Amref Zambia is affiliated to Amref
headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Amref Zambia is also linked with Amref Health Innovations (AHI),
Amref International University and Amref Flying Doctors.

Amref was locally registered in 2016 and has since collaborated with the Government of the Republic
of Zambia in designing and implementing innovative health development programmes across the
country in health workforce, health financing, maternal, newborn and child health, and health
security. The organisation has physical presence in 4 provinces and a programmatic presence across
the country.


The Project Manager will be responsible for managing the implementation of Amref’s Learning for Life (L4L): Building a Resilient and Responsive Health Workforce in Africa programme in Zambia. This is a 4-year programme in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, that sits in Amref’s Institute of Capacity Development (ICD), and that will be implemented in Kenya, Senegal and Zambia during this first phase. The estimated ratio of health workers per population in Africa is 11.2 workers per 10,000 people, far below the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended ratio of 44.5. It is estimated that the global shortage of health workers will increase from 12 to 18 million by 2030 – which translates to a shortage of six million health workers. Africa also has the world’s fastest growing population, which presents governments and policy makers with opportunities and challenges to ensure sufficient livelihood opportunities for its young population. To address these challenges and accelerate the current Universal Health Coverage (UHC) gains, Amref is implementing this innovative, multi-country, multi-million dollar programme with the ultimate aim of contributing to increased and sustainable job creation within primary health care (PHC) sectors across Africa.

The Project Manager will provide technical guidance to the implementation of the programme and
capacity building to staff under the project. S/he is also expected to build strategic partnerships with
stakeholders in the Health Workforce sector, including donors,the Ministry of Health, other relevant
ministries, and private sector. S/he will be responsible for programme performance and ensure that
stakeholders expectations are met.


You are a thought leader who has a solid understanding of evolving strategies, patterns, insights,
opportunities and interventions in the health workforce and other relevant sectors in country and
across the continent, particularly in relation to policies, legislation, regulation, research,
stakeholders and funders.


Programme Implementation, Oversight and Quality Improvement

• Oversee and manage the country contextualisation of the programme design, development, and
timely programme execution, including setting annual budgets, goals and targets
• Provide quality assurance and technical oversight to the implementing team to foster continuous
improvement in quality, programmatic and financial performance.
• In consultation with the programme’s consortium, lead the development and implementation of
evidence-based strategies and investments in the health workforce technical area in Zambia.
• Actively participate in programme’s governance structures, including the Programme
Implementation Team (PIT), by providing in-country evidence to shape the overall programme and
providing relevant data for decision making.
• Contribute to and facilitate team participation in relevant external technical working groups and
committees to inform the health and livelihoods agenda in the region
• Ensure programme operational tools such as programme charter, M&E frameworks, budgets, and
work plans are in use for effective implementation.
• Embed data-driven, adaptive implementation approaches to sustain relevance and facilitate
continuous improvement and timely course correction.
• Ensure programme alignment with the funder and Amref’s corporate strategies, policies,
operational guidelines, and protocols, as applicable.
• Ensure high quality capacity building trainings, orientation and mentorship for stakeholders
• Lead project review meetings, project monitoring and evaluation, reporting and documentation
including documentation of best practices and development of knowledge products.

Partnership Management, Advocacy and Networking

• Represent the programme and the organisation externally with stakeholders, including the
Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries, stakeholders in the public and private sector, and
funding partner.
• Develop and sustain partnerships and maintains regular communication with various stakeholders
including the relevant line ministries and private sector to enhance programme visibility, delivery
and execution.
• Oversee the development and effective implementation and maintenance of a quality managementsystem
• Build knowledge and thought leadership including increasing Amref’s presence in the network
of health workforce experts and partners.

Programme Monitoring & Evaluation

• Provide leadership in the documentation and dissemination of evidence based best practice
models in the health workforce portfolio, working with relevant departments within Amref
• In liaison with the MEAL unit, provide administrative support to the project to develop and
implement the M & E plan
• Monitor project activities through periodic field visits (at least 50% of the time) and review
sessions and ensure that programme implementation strategies are compatible with the
overall Amref Strategy, programme goals andobjectives.
• Ensure programme assessments are conducted timely in accordance with donor specific
requirements, information is analysed and shared with all stakeholders; and appropriate
actions are taken by programme technical staff in collaboration with clients, and partners
• Support in the development of tools for the measurement of projects and the development
of stringent monitoring and evaluation systems.
• Ensure timely development and submission of all quality progress and donor reports in
collaboration with M&E and Finance department in line with donor reporting guidelines.
• Oversee the development of health workforce knowledge products and their effective

Human Resources Planning and Management

• Ensure that the competencies, skills and experience of relevant staff are consistent with the
business needs of the programme to provide quality in present and future services.
• Implement a performance management process which includes monitoring the performance of
staff on an on-going basis, coaching and mentorship, and conducting annual performance
• Support a thriving work environment that attracts, optimizes and retains high-performing talent.
• Drive the Amref staff culture initiatives to enhance collaboration across the organisation.

Financial Planning and Management

• Oversee budgeting and financial management processes for the project
• Administer programme funds according to the approved budgets and provide requisite reports.


The successful candidate will have a strong technical background in health systems strengthening,
particularly in health workforce development and management; as well as solid experience in the
delivery of technical assistance. S/he should also be highly motivated, a creative problem solver; have
strong analytical, communication, process facilitation, programme management, people management and collaborationskills.

Education and Professional Qualifications

An advanced degree in Public Health, Health Systems Management, Management, International
Development, or a similarfield.

Required Qualifications and Experience

• Minimum five (5) years of experience working in health systems strengthening, familiarity with health workforce development and management issues in Zambia.
• Prior experience in health workforce development and management, particularly delivery of
TA to strengthen health workforce policies, health entrepreneurship, advocacy and health
workforce governance.
• Experience working on strengthening community and health systems, familiarity with strategy
execution, programming and technical leadership, with proven track record in adaptive
programme planning, budgeting, execution, supervision and evaluation of health outcomes.
• Demonstrated track record in building partnerships with governments, global agencies,
donors, and other key health stakeholders.
• High level of organisation, attention to detail, professionalism, and reliability with strong
analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to prioritize and manage work in a fast-paced environment.
• Highly collaborative and accessible leadership style, with experience managing teams.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to effectively
facilitate high-level meetings; prepare clear and concise briefs, presentations, and reports.
• Strong interpersonal and capacity building skills, including training,mentoring and coaching skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

• Ability to leverage access to various stakeholder groups, considering the new 8-year strategic
phase to catalyse development of a fit-for-purpose health workforce.
• Ability to work alongside established peers reporting to the Programmes Manager
• Readiness to serve as a strategic and visionary leader, collaborating with high-level stakeholders
across public and private sectors.
• Enthusiasm to apply specialist knowledge and experience to achieve optimal results which will
thereby broaden access to programmes and initiatives within the ambit of Amref Zambia mandate.


Interested? Please visit our website to make your application. You will
be directed to our online portal where you will need to create an account in order for you to be able
to submit your application. Your application should include a cover letter detailing why you are the
best fit for this position and your CV with relevant skills and experience.

Closing date will be 19th May 2024. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and early submissions are encouraged. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.