Saturday, May 2, 2009

Partners Harvard Medical International: International Travel Positions

PHMI Employment Opportunities in Tripoli, Libya

PHMI is anticipating managing a large health systems and continuing medical education national demonstration project in diabetes care and prevention in Libya. The project is envisaged to be made up of several pilot programs aimed at current system of care and prevention for people at risk for or with diabetes and will be focused on:

  • Libyan health care system and its current trajectory of change
  • Clinical care, patient education, facility infrastructure pilot initiatives directed at current system of diabetes care and at systems for primary prevention of diabetes and prevention of complications of diabetes
  • Professional workforce development — medicine, nursing, allied health, nutrition, etc.
  • Advising and coordination for a national prevalence survey of diabetes

Country Program Manager: PHMI is seeking immediate expressions of interest from any individuals wishing to be considered for a role in on-the-ground project management in Tripoli, Libya in the role of country program manager (CPM). The project will include the in-country roll out and management of several complex pilot programs related to diabetes care and prevention specifically around:

  • Improving clinical care
  • Reduction and prevention complications
  • Professional workforce development
  • Patient and community education and awareness
  • Model facilities and systems for care

The CPM will represent PHMI in Libya and manage, coordinate, and oversee all in-country project related elements, including administration, financial, logistical, and national staff management. The CPM will work in close cooperation with multiple project stakeholders including ministerial and government representatives, our client — a US based diversified energy corporation, PHMI Boston-based leadership and staff, members of the medical community, national professional groups, international diabetes and health care experts, and others as required. Incumbent will serve as the primary focal point for communication in Libya for PHMI with respect to this project.

Primary Responsibilities: Program Management and Coordination

  • Provide overall creative and administrative leadership to in-country roll out and deployment of several complex pilot programs related to diabetes care and prevention
  • Prepare in-country operational and personnel work plans, in collaboration with Boston based project staff, consistent with the overall project goals and objectives
  • As directed, manage and plan the allocation of human and financial resources for the timely and efficient implementation of overall project goals and objectives
  • Coordinate, plan, and schedule multiple visits in-country by various Boston based and other international health care and related experts
  • Manage and direct in-country logistics for visiting experts such as lodging, ground transportation, flights, and registration of travelers and visas with local authorities
  • Coordinate, plan, and schedule with national stakeholders individual pilot programs and their components relative to project goals and objectives
  • Coordinate and manage the delivery and deployment, in collaboration with national stakeholders, of equipment and materials as required for individual pilot programs
  • Network and develop key contacts and stakeholders and maintain database with relevant contact information
  • Develop regular project management reports for internal review and external and stakeholder audiences


  • Provide overall supervision of national staff of up to 3 staff members
  • Delegate, manage, and review individual staff responsibilities and tasks
  • Direct and manage in-place/role development for individual staff with aim to develop appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • In coordination with PHMI Boston, supervise and support office administration and relevant staff to guarantee compliance with PHMI, US, and Libyan legal, administrative, and financial regulations

Expectations for the Position:

  • Incumbent will be familiar with PHMI's mission and goals
  • Incumbent will advocate for the project goals and objectives
  • Incumbent will represent PHMI with professional comportment and integrity
  • Incumbent will work effectively and collaboratively in support of a team-based culture of work and will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-site, multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect
  • Incumbent will abide by Partners Healthcare System (PHS) and PHMI policies and procedures, as well as US and Libyan law in the conduct and execution of professional duty and responsibilities

Required Education Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from a recognized college or university is required; MPH or similar health management degree preferred.

Experience and Core Competencies:

  • English and Arabic fluency is a pre-condition for consideration
  • Incumbent must have very good to excellent command of both spoken and written English and Arabic, in public speaking, business written, and other project related situations requiring clarity and understanding
  • A minimum of 6+ years professional experience, with progression of responsibility and health care project management experience;
  • Highly developed diplomatic and operational comportment and sensitivity to cultural mores and norms
  • Highly developed ability to deliver complex project management direction and implementation
  • Demonstrated effective health care project management experience in an international context
  • Ability to assess program impacts and incorporate lessons into the implementation of pilot programs
  • Strong leadership and staff management skills in multidisciplinary setting
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills and experience working in a multi-cultural environment
  • High degree and demonstrable flexibility in a complex and deadline driven professional environment and ability to maintain overall positive outlook with focus on overall project aims
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and in challenging operational environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel through-out the country for trips of a day or more, as well as to London, Boston, and elsewhere as indicated
  • Demonstrable interest in non-communicable diseases, diabetes, and / or people with diabetes
  • Broad understanding of North Africa and social, political, and economic issues

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a 1 page business writing sample in English and in Arabic (translation should be of the same document, and strongly recommended to be in PDF format). Cover must detail why you are interested in this particular position and how your specific experience, skills and abilities match the position requirements. Please indicate in the cover letter your most likely/preferable date to commence employment in-country by estimating the month and date. Applications without a cover letter or writing sample will not be considered. Applications may be emailed to with 'Country Program Manager' in the subject line.

To apply via mail, send materials to:

Country Program Manager
Partners Harvard Medical International
131 Dartmouth Street, 5th Floor. Boston, MA 02116

Partners Harvard Medical International is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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