JOB DESCRIPTION – Country Director



ICAP, a program of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City, leads one of the largest HIV programs in the world, providing technical assistance and implementation support to ministries of health (MOH) in more than a dozen countries and supporting the care and treatment of more than 1.2 million people living with HIV at 1,900 health facilities. With its roots in comprehensive, family-focused HIV services, ICAP is widely respected for its success in both technical assistance and capacity building of innovative, effective, and ethical programs in the most challenging of resource-limited settings. ICAP is also known for its collaborative, supportive approach to strengthening national, regional, and district-level health systems.

Since 2002, ICAP has provided technical assistance to the Rwandan MOH and health facilities in the development of family-focused, multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS care, and treatment programs.  ICAP has been a key partner in Rwanda’s successful HIV care and treatment scale up and is in the final stages of transitioning support of 56 facilities to the MOH.  ICAP has also provided technical support to enhance the capacity of the MOH to plan, implement and evaluate adult and pediatric HIV care and treatment, HIV/TB, and laboratory services nationally. ICAP is now supporting the MOH to implement innovative, integrated HIV programs to expand access to key populations such men who have sex with men, people with mental illness, people with disabilities and survivors of sexual and gender based violence. 


Reporting to the Senior Implementation Director, the  Country Director – Rwanda is responsible for managing all aspects of the country program, including shared responsibility for strategy development and implementation, preparation and management of budgets, implementation of program initiatives, and team management, to further the overall success of the ICAP program. As the lead representative of ICAP in Rwanda, the Country Director ensures that all actions of the country team are consistent with ICAP’s goals as well as donor initiatives and in support of the MOH. 


  • Leads country program in strategy development, in collaboration with ICAP-NY, MOH and donors.
  • Oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of annual program work plans.
  • Strategically builds and leverages strong, effective relationships with key partners.
  • Develops a supportive relationship with local and national government officials to support them in designing and implementing relevant policies, programs, and activities.
  • Guides program administration, implementation and fiscal management.
  • Supervises a team of managers who oversee both administrative and program functions.
  • Leads and/or participates in the preparation of grant proposals.
  • Ensures monitoring, evaluation, and regular reporting on program activities to donors and to ICAP headquarters in New York.
  • Liaises and works closely with headquarters to respond to program requirements, solve issues as they arise, and ensure ICAP’s resources are maximized.
  • Oversees program operations and reporting, including compliance with donor regulations/procedures and local policies and laws.
  • Defines and manages annual budgets and ensures sound financial management and accountability.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • MD, MPH, or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with at least 5+ years’ experience in health programs management in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience supervising international and national staff.
  • Proven success in ensuring high-quality program outcomes in developing country settings.
  • Extensive experience in HIV/AIDS program management.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing research studies, basic program evaluations and/or public health evaluations.
  • Proven ability to develop budgets and actively monitor and manage spending.
  • Strong organizational, diplomatic, and written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working in dynamic environment where changing priorities may require a high degree of operational flexibility.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities.
  • Strong team-building skills and demonstrated experience in situations requiring cultural sensitivity.
  • Proficiency with Windows and MS Office Package, e-mail and standard office equipment.


  • Experience working in collaboration with local government partners.
  • Experience working with U.S. government or other bilateral donors, especially Centers for Disease Control.
  • Experience with the Rwandan health sector.
  • Fluency in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.

The Country Director will be based in Rwanda and will be expected to regularly travel in-country.  In addition, there will be 3 to 5 international trips per year requiring overnight travel.

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