Head of Grants & Contracts

Reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the oversight and management of all grants and contracts within CIDRZ.

Summary:
Serves as the lead expert for the planning, implementation and evaluation of grant proposals and provides guidance on cooperative agreements, cost-share agreements, participating agreements, collection agreements, inter-agency and intra-agency agreements and Memoranda of Understanding.

Leads the development of organisational strategies through the identification of gaps and issues in grant proposals.

Main Duties:

  • Serves as a key liaison between CIDRZ and local and international partnering organisations
  • Responsible for ensuring professional relationships are maintained with all partners
  • Develops and implements new and revised grants management policies, directives, standards and procedures
  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant information sources and key landscape events which may impact policies and procedures and provides strategic input to senior management
  • Provides detailed explanations of finding and recommendations regarding compliance with grant documents and recommendations
  • Develops, analyses, and interprets grant and/or cooperative agreement policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and guidelines
  • Develops training, technical assistance and guidelines, and provides oversight, expertise and consultation to internal staff, management and programme officials, awardees, review panels, applicants, recipients, and sub-recipients
  • Independently analyzes grant requests and provides recommendations to management; may decline or approve grants
  • Ensures all required legal and financial paperwork is properly reviewed by the Compliance Officer and is in line with CIDRZ policies
  • Facilitates pre-award negotiations on matters such as terms and conditions of awards, costs, schedules, and oversight responsibilities

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Accountancy or other relevant professional qualification with minimum of 7 years’ experience with private sector, NGO, or international organisation
  • Strong knowledge and training in U.S. Government, or other donor regulations and policies
  • Proven experience with budget development, monitoring and reporting, and strategic development
  • Demonstrates high degree of independence, requiring minimal supervision to accomplish complex project work assignments
  • Ability to proactively identify projects and initiatives, and eagerly accept challenges and new responsibilities
  • Ability to successfully interface with senior level colleagues in other organisations and maintain relationships with international partners

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please send application letter quoting job title, relevant academic and professional certificates and detailed CV with day-time telephone to:

CIDRZ Director Human Resources
P. O. Box 34681, 
Plot 5032 Great North Road Lusaka

or Email: jobs@cidrz.org

Closing Date for applications 3rd December

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Head of Grants & Contracts

Head of Grants & Contracts

Reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the oversight and management of all grants and contracts within CIDRZ.

Summary:

Serves as the lead expert for the planning, implementation and evaluation of grant proposals and provides guidance on cooperative agreements, cost-share agreements, participating agreements, collection agreements, inter-agency and intra-agency agreements and Memoranda of Understanding.

Leads the development of organisational strategies through the identification of gaps and issues in grant proposals.

Main Duties:

  • Serves as a key liaison between CIDRZ and local and international partnering organisations
  • Responsible for ensuring professional relationships are maintained with all partners
  • Develops and implements new and revised grants management policies, directives, standards and procedures
  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant information sources and key landscape events which may impact policies and procedures and provides strategic input to senior management
  • Provides detailed explanations of finding and recommendations regarding compliance with grant documents and recommendations
  • Develops, analyses, and interprets grant and/or cooperative agreement policies, Standard Operating Procedures, and guidelines
  • Develops training, technical assistance and guidelines, and provides oversight, expertise and consultation to internal staff, management and programme officials, awardees, review panels, applicants, recipients, and sub-recipients Independently analyzes grant requests and provides recommendations to management; may decline or approve grants
  • Ensures all required legal and financial paperwork is properly reviewed by the Compliance Officer and is in line with CIDRZ policies
  • Facilitates pre-award negotiations on matters such as terms and conditions of awards, costs, schedules, and oversight responsibilities

Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Accountancy or other relevant professional qualification with minimum of 7 years’ experience with private sector, NGO, or international organisation

  • Strong knowledge and training in U.S. Government, or other donor regulations and policies
  • Proven experience with budget development, monitoring and reporting, and strategic development
  • Demonstrates high degree of independence, requiring minimal supervision to accomplish complex project work assignments
  • Ability to proactively identify projects and initiatives, and eagerly accept challenges and new responsibilities
  • Ability to successfully interface with senior level colleagues in other organisations and maintain relationships with international partners

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please send application letter quoting job title, relevant academic and professional certificates and detailed CV with day-time telephone to: CIDRZ Director Human Resources P. O. Box 34681, Plot 5032 Great North Road Lusaka or Email: jobs@cidrz.org

Closing Date for applications 3rd December

Director of CIDRZ TB Programmes Receives 2015 National Science and Technology Council Merit Award

Congratulations to CIDRZ Director of TB Programmes – Dr Monde Muyoyeta MBChB, PhD – who has been awarded the 2015 Zambian National Science and Technology Council Merit Award for exceptional and invaluable contribution to research and development in science and technology.

Dr Muyoyeta joined CIDRZ in 2015 from ZAMBART where she served as Head of Diagnostic Studies and spent over nine years designing and conducting field epidemiological and laboratory studies. While at ZAMBART Dr Muyoyeta held several key positions including study manager on the ZAMSTAR study, a large, two-country randomized control trial of community-level interventions aimed at reducing the burden of TB and HIV.

She is currently CIDRZ Investigator on the AERAS TB vaccine clinical trial, and on the TB Alliance STAND study for novel combinations of drugs for TB treatment. She has led studies evaluating computer-aided TB diagnosis using digital radiography and field evaluations of Xpert MTB/RIF, a new TB diagnostic technology.  Her research interests include implementation and evaluation of new diagnostic technologies specifically in patients with both TB and HIV, and for TB control and prevention.

She will be presented her award on 12th November – World Science Day for Peace and Development – by Dr Patrick Nkanza, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education.

 

Research Meeting: HPTN 071 PopART Study Testing Universal HIV Testing and Treatment to Reduce Transmission

At today’s Research meeting, Dr Mwate Joseph Chaila and Besa Mwale from ZAMBART presented the Year 1 progress of the PopART study which is  being implemented in Zambia and South Africa.

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 071 trial, Population Effect of Universal HIV Testing and Immediate ART To Reduce HIV Transmission (PopART) is being conducted in Zambia by ZAMBART and in sites in South Africa.

PopART is one of the first studies to test the ‘Universal Test and Treat (UTT) approach on a population level which could be an important intervention to prevent HIV infection.

It is hypothesised that universal voluntary HIV testing with appropriate combination prevention offered to all those testing HIV negative in addition to immediate ART for all those testing HIV positive will have a substantial impact on HIV incidence at the population level. The trial is important because a rigorously designed and conducted trial can measure the costs and benefits of this strategy and provide reliable evidence on cost-effectiveness to health policy makers.

The main PopART trial is on track and the sub-components looking at: i)  the uptake of home-based testing offered by trained community workers, ii) the role of clinic-based health care workers in HIV stigma, iii) the uptake and acceptability of UTT in adolescents, and iv) health economics looking at the cost effectiveness of UTT versus standard of care have all been launched.

One tricky challenge that the Zambia PopART team say they have experienced in Year 1 is to successfully and consistently link all men who have tested HIV positive to ART care. ZAMBART has initiated community mobilisation strategies and weekend activities aimed to reach the men and encourage them to seek care at ART clinics to address this issue.

PopART is expected to be completed in 2018.

 

 

 

Getting the MC Message Out!

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Medical Male Circumcision (MC) is part of the Zambian health strategy for HIV prevention, yet it is not commonly practiced in the country.

Medical MC has been proven to reduce a man’s risk of acquiring HIV from an infected female sex partner by 60%, as well as decrease the risk of him transmitting the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)  – the virus responsible for women developing cancer of the cervix – a serious problem in Zambia.

In order to get the message out to men, and women, about the importance and benefit of medical male circumcision performed by trained  providers, the CIDRZ  MC mobilisers have been attending local traditional and youth-oriented social events.

This past weekend MC mobilisers set up a sensitisation stand at the Chakwela Makumbi Traditional Ceremony of the Soli People in Chongwe presided over by Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo II where 40 men booked themselves for the procedure at the local clinic.

The following day they attended the youth sensitisation at the National Sports Development Council where over 2000 Lusaka-based youth gathered to listen to music, learn more about voter registration, and hear sensitisation about HIV/AIDS, MC and prevention of cervical cancer. Over 30 young men signed up to be booked for the MC procedure at Lusaka clinics.

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