Principal Investigator – PEPFAR Haiti 174 views



Project Title:

Reinforcing HIV Clinical Services within a Network of Public Health Institutions in the Central Plateau and the Lower Artibonite of Haiti under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Despite significant advancements, Haiti remains burdened with an HIV prevalence rate of 1.7%, and the highest rates of TB in the Western Hemisphere. To continue progress towards epidemic control, Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante (PIH/ZL) proposes to build upon its successes in providing high-quality HIV and TB programming in rural Haiti. The purpose of this program is to continue facilitating access to integrated, comprehensive, high-quality clinical and community-based HIV and TB prevention, care, and treatment services within a network of 12 health facilities in the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite. The program will be carried out in alignment with three primary objectives for our network of public health institutions currently serving more than 1.3 Million residents in our catchment area: 1) to provide quality HTC and PMTCT services; 2) to provide quality pediatric and adult HIV care and treatment services; and 3) to provide TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services.

Partners In Health seeks a Principal Investigator (PI) for a multi-year PEPFAR funded health initiative in Haiti. This position will be based between Haiti and Boston, with travel required within the various project sites. The five-year project (currently in its third year) aims to support direct delivery of integrated HIV and TB clinical-based services in the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite of Haiti. Under the direction of PIH/ZL’s Executive Director and PIH’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the PI will be responsible for ensuring that the goals and objectives of the project are fulfilled and in line with the guiding principles and mission of PIH. The PI will provide strategic guidance, management, and overall oversight for successful execution of the project. More importantly, (S)he will be a primary representative of the project under Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante and be responsible for maintaining excellent working relationships with the funder and key partners. 

Working in close collaboration with the Chief of Party (COP), the PI is responsible for managing and implementing the delivery of technical assistance in the areas of management, leadership and governance; HIV clinical service delivery; strategic guidance and facilitating collaboration with United States Government (USG) stakeholders, governments, and institutions; in-service training for healthcare workers, and pre-service training in collaboration with local and international partners.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working in close collaboration with the Chief of Party (COP) to provide high-level technical assistance to sites, including conducting site visits and consulting on model development, leadership capacity building, and coaching
  • Designing and evaluating the implementation of HIV and tuberculosis programs at PIH facilities in partnership with the Government of Haiti, the National HIV Program, CDC and other partners
  • Negotiating deliverables with CDC and other relevant agencies of government while providing support to the COP vis-à-vis CDC
  • Serving as key liaison with project stakeholders and representing PIH/ZL at high-level meetings
  • Serving as key link between the local PIH team and PIH’s Boston office and reporting back to Boston’s finance, development, and clinical teams as needed
  • Providing technical oversight of HIV program management, organizational development, pre-service medical education, in-service training, capacity building, and collaboration between government and other NGO partners
  • Ensuring timely and quality completion of all program technical and financial deliverables and reports in accordance with CDC guidelines, reviewing and approving submission thereof
  • Ensuring the development of annual work plans and reporting
  • Coordinating with the Data Manager and MEQ teams in Haiti and Boston to oversee streamlined operational and M&E processes, and provide strategic information management capacity building to the sites

Supervisory Relationships: Chief of Party, Project Manager, Finance Manager, Technical supervisors and coordinators.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Chief of Party, Project Manager, Finance Manager, Central Office Managerial and Technical Staff, Regional Technical Advisors

External: MOH and related Ministerial staff, CDC Atlanta, CDC Haiti, and other project participants


  • Advanced degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Epidemiology, Social Work, International Development or other relevant field; a medical or nursing degree is highly desired
  • 10+ years of experience in a progressive leadership position managing, designing and implementing HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support programs, health systems strengthening, integrated health service delivery, human capacity development in developing countries and complex cultural settings, organizational development, pre-service medical education, in-service training, capacity building, and collaboration between government and NGO partners
  • Strong relationship-building and communication skills; the ability to lead authentic dialogue around sensitive issues including funding priorities, PIH/ZL expectations, and community concerns; highly developed emotional intelligence and active listening skills, and the ability to use interpersonal and political skills in collaborative, diplomatic ways; excellent writing, editing, analytical, and oral communication skills including the ability to collect, review, synthesize, and present information and findings
  • Direct experience in Haiti or other resource-poor settings strongly preferred
  • Sophisticated understanding of health disparities in Haiti and related policy landscapes; ability to navigate successfully the various local, regional, international, and multilateral forces at play and the avenues for improving health outcomes
  • Ability to develop and adhere to high-level budgets of several million dollars encompassing multiple program areas spread across large geographies
  • Experience managing multimillion-dollar USAID, CDC, and/or other USG-funded projects requiring strong knowledge of USG grant rules and regulations
  • Ability to travel approximately 30-40 percent of the time is required: regular travel to PIH/ZL health facilities and attendance on-site at PIH headquarters in Boston, MA to facilitate interaction and synthesis of the grantmaking programs is required. Occasional international travel to participate in global or regional conferences and/or meetings as requested
  • Advanced Word, Excel and PowerPoint experience
  • Fluency in speaking, reading and writing both English and French is required. Professional level in Haitian Kreyol a plus.

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.   

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, KazakhstanMalawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. 

Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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