Health Manager

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Last update: 4 days ago Last update: Jan 24, 2023


Deadline: Feb 28, 2023
Location: USA USA
Sectors: Health Health
Job type: Permanent position
English English
Work experience: From 3 years
Date posted: Jan 23, 2023
Expected starting date: As soon as possible


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Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is expanding its team in the United States and seeking to recruit a full-time Project Delivery Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for a growing professional to join a fast-paced and rapidly expanding office within a world-class international development consulting firm.

Initially established as part of the University of Oxford in 1979 OPM has grown to 12 country offices with over 400 staff. With over 40 years' experience, our breadth of expertise is across all the key sectors and across the policy cycle. We established a US office in 2017 to build partnerships with US based foundations and government funding organizations in order to provide strategic advisory and research services. In addition, OPM US acts as an OPM-wide incubator, across sectors, to foster and develop innovative solutions to endemic development challenges.

The Health Manager will split their time between two distinct functions to support Oxford Policy Management US office.

The individual will be responsible to develop OPM US Health work from US based clients, including USAID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Specifically, this will include:

Strategy Development 

  • Supporting the US Country Director to refine and deliver OPM’s strategy for US-based clients
  • Lead on the delivery of the OPM US health strategy with support from OPM’s Global Health Practice

Client relations and networking 

  • Build strategic relationships with key client focal points
  • Develop networks with key partners, consultants, and institutions to support the delivery of our strategy.

Business Development  

  • Develop and monitor a pipeline of health opportunities from US funders based on the US health strategy
  • Support scoping and capture efforts for all health opportunities from US funders
  • Act as an interlocutor between opportunities in the US and OPM’s Global Health Practice to ensure the relevant technical expertise is furnished

It is anticipated that this function will be 50% level of effort (LOE).

The other 50% of LOE will be for leading and managing a portfolio of  projects in close coordination with other central and technical teams based across the OPM group and within our international offices. The individual will be responsible for managing all aspects of the project across the lifecycle, from key input during acquisition phase through to leading implementation, handover and close-out. The individual must ensure that projects are delivered to contract, whilst meeting OPM’s professional standards/frameworks, client requirements, relevant industry regulations and ensuring effective governance. Specific roles and responsibilities include: 

Leadership, Teamwork, Stakeholder and Communications Management 

  • Promote the project profession, share knowledge, good practice and embed project rigor whilst supporting the importance of project delivery to OPM’s strategy and vision
  • Empower and inspire the project team and create collaborative working to deliver successful projects
  • Lead and manage all internal and external stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests
  • Identify, address and resolve differences between individuals and/or interest groups
  • Communicate clearly and openly with others in order to inform, persuade, and build relationships

Requirements Management, Solutions Development, Quality Management 

  • Work in partnership with stakeholders to capture, assess and understand stakeholders’ wants and needs to arrive at an agreed schedule of requirements
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders to develop solutions to meet their needs
  • Develop, maintain and apply quality management processes for project activities and outputs, including compliance with OPM’s Project Management and Project Controls Frameworks.

Schedule Management, Budgeting and Cost Control, Resource Management, Change Control 

  • Accurately capture and agree high quality baseline products and control processes for a project.
  • Pro-actively monitor project performance, utilising OPM’s project controls framework providing analysis, informative commentary and implementing corrective action as required and in-line with governance
  • Procure, agree and manage contracts for the provision of goods and/or services, monitoring compliance and managing variances
  • Refine/update project controls documents and plans, utilising the change control process to ensure effective management of the project

Governance, Reviews, Risk and Issue Management 

  • Establish and maintain governance arrangements for the delivery of projects, defining clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, that align with organisational practice
  • Deliver accurate and consistent project reporting information to meet the needs of the project, practice and various stakeholders
  • Establish and manage reviews at appropriate points, during and after projects, which will inform governance of projects by providing evaluations of progress, methodologies and continuing relevance
  • Collaborate to develop robust risk, opportunity and issue registers, with thorough impact analysis and appropriate contingency to mitigate/manage risks

This is a full-time position, with an option for remote work with EST time-zone. Preference will be for Washington, DC based applicants. The role holder must be legally authorized to work in the US for any employer without sponsorship.

Role requirements: 

  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in direct USAID project management and support, including project start up, implementation, contractual and financial compliance.
  • A background working on projects in the health sector, with knowledge of key institutions and partners. Preference is for experience in managing or supporting health system strengthening projects, particularly related to governance and financing.
  • Extensive knowledge of USG regulations (AIDAR and FAR) including related to contracting and procurement
  • Extensive knowledge of project management tools and methodologies, effective use of project control tools to optimise delivery team performance
  • Experience with business development for health projects. 
  • Sound experience of planning, leading and delivering projects to scope, time and quality, including client/stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Excellent leadership, influencing and communications skills, with the ability to motivate project teams and work across organisational boundaries.
  • Strong stakeholder management ability, demonstrating personal and professional credibility and integrity, with the confidence to engage across the range including senior stakeholders
  • High levels of numeracy, accuracy and attention to detail, whilst being able to think ‘big picture’.
  • Ability to motivate self and others, plan, set priorities to meet deadlines, achieve targets and goals
  • Delivery focused with excellent attention to detail
  • Well organised and efficient
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self-confidence and ability to influence others.
  • Comfortable challenging project leads and effectively influencing decision making
  • Enthusiasm, persistence, presence and self-motivation
  • Willingness to develop and build systems and processes

Behavioral capabilities: 

  • Self-starter: Ability to work independently to develop processes or solutions where systems or processes may not yet exist.

If you meet the essential criteria we would really like to hear from you. Please apply via the OPM portal by the closing date on the website. We look forward to receiving your application.