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At Jembi, we pioneer digital health solutions for real world problems in low resource settings, mainly in Africa. Working with our partners, we co-create innovative information technologies and systems; and we design programs to develop, implement and maintain them. We also strive to research and monitor their impact.

Jembi seeks to appoint an accomplished and well-qualified Programs/Operations Director to lead a cross-disciplinary team of program managers, public health specialists and technologists. Based in Cape Town, the team includes Jembi’s South Africa, Multi-Country and International Programs as well as software development and product teams and delivers digital health programs in South Africa and other African countries.

Your knowledge, experience and leadership enable you to provide direction and operational coordination to the management team of Senior Technical Program Managers, Software Development and Product Managers. As a self-motivated individual, you are able to function independently accepting responsibility and accountability for the South Africa Programs. You are also a dedicated team player, creating a high performing team culture and developing the leadership potential of others in your teams. Your passion for the transformative potential of digital health drives you to play a role in creating new programs and projects within the South Africa Programs and Jembi.

The South Africa Programs Director is a member of Jembi’s Executive Management Team and works with the Mozambique Programs Director and Corporate Services Division Director to assist the CEO to operationalize Jembi’s strategy and champion internal policies consistent with our values as a mission-driven, non-profit organization.

Required skills & experience
  • South African citizens or International citizens with a valid visa or visa in process for South Africa.

  • English language proficiency

  • Knowledge of other Southern African languages is desirable but not required.

  • Valid South African driver’s license

  • Willingness to travel locally, regionally and internationally, as required

  • Relevant tertiary level training and advanced knowledge in digital health, medicine, public health, computer science, information systems, or a related field

  • Minimum ten years of experience in a relevant senior management, academic or international position, working with highly-skilled professionals and/or managers in public health or information systems, preferably with cross-cultural experience

  • Advanced programme and project management skills and experience, at Director level, including project development, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, narrative and financial reporting

  • Leadership skills: including the ability to innovate and strategize in the domain of public health and information systems

  • Ability to represent Jembi at a senior level, interfacing with donors, government, international organisations and partners

  • Management skills: including the ability to develop and manage a team of technical and programme management professionals

  • Knowledge and/or experience of establishing country offices, strategy development, programme implementation, operational management and resourcing

  • Knowledge of rules and procedures, as well as experience in budgeting and development of grant and project proposals, for international funding agencies such as the United States Government.

  • Ensuring that programs are planned from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones and processes

  • Developing or approving budgets and operations strategies

  • Experience in Resource Mobilisation and ability to write grant proposals and manage the entire resource mobilization cycle

  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements

  • Discover ways to enhance efficiency and productivity across responsibility mandate

  • Apply change, risk and resource management principles when needed

  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies

Beneficial skills & experience
What we offer
  • Jembi offers an unparalleled opportunity to work with accomplished professionals at the forefront of global digital health and develop innovative programs in low resource settings.

  • Jembi attracts top talent and offers a highly attractive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • You will function as a member of the Executive Management Team with full responsibility and accountability for the South Africa Program, reporting directly to the CEO.

  • The position is based at Jembi’s head office in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa with regular travel within South Africa and potentially other African and international countries.


Please Note

This role description is not intended to be all-inclusive and the Executive Management Team may discuss other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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Please note

All new Jembi positions are linked to specific project funding and include a three-month probationary period.

There is no guarantee the advertised position will be recruited as it will depend on funding being place and the candidates applying meeting the criteria required to fill this position. Preference will be given to SA citizens and permanent residents. Applicants with work visas must possess visas which will permit them to work for Jembi Health Systems.

In evaluating prospective applicants and making the final selection, consideration will be given to Jembi Health Systems Employment Equity objective.

Jembi Health Systems is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regards to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.