EpiC Tajikistan Project Director

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of EpiC Tajikistan Project Director for the EpiC project in Tajikistan. The position will be based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

EpiC Central Asia Project Description:

Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). EpiC is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control and the project provides strategic technical assistance (TA) and direct service delivery (DSD) to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention, and treatment programming. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, EpiC was also modified to start implementing COVID-19 response activities. In 2020, FHI 360 through EpiC launched a new multi-year project in Central Asia being implemented in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Building on the successes to date in the three countries, EpiC continues to focus on expanding HIV case finding in the community, and treatment initiation, adherence, and retention support for people living with HIV (PLHIV), with a focus on select key population groups. In 2020, FHI 360 and EpiC started implementing COVID-19 response activities in Tajikistan. While EpiC takes a regional approach in the overarching management of the Central Asia project, each country has its own respective targets, priority focus areas and expected deliverables.

Job description:

The EpiC Tajikistan Project Director will have overall responsibility for administration, program management, performance monitoring and technical implementation and oversight of all aspects of EpiC activities in Tajikistan, under the oversight of the EpiC Central Asia Regional Project Director. They will serve as the primary point of contact for EpiC activities in Tajikistan, which includes but is not limited to both HIV and COVID-19 response. They will provide technical and management leadership to the country project and ensure successful implementation of the work plan and achievement of the project’s targets and goals. The EpiC Tajikistan Project Director will provide technical and programmatic oversight directly to the activity areas. They will be required to coordinate and work with a diverse group of organizations and stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Health, senior government officials, dignitaries, country health staff, international and national development partner organizations, and the USAID mission. The EpiC Tajikistan Project Director will ensure that technical efforts are evidence-based, community-driven and will contribute to the deliverables in the country.

Suitably qualified candidates openly living with HIV and/or who are representative of key populations affected by HIV are actively encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of the program description, implementation plan, program strategies, program reports and work plan for the EpiC Tajikistan project.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of all technical activities in the annual country work plan, including the provision of in-country technical assistance.
  • Coordinate closely with other FHI 360 projects in the region, with international and national NGOs and other key population (KP) implementing partners to strengthen the quality of KP programming in Tajikistan.
  • Engage in South-to-South learning and collaborate/build upon country and regional initiatives, as applicable. Coordinate with EpiC CAR regional project teams to ensure cross-country synergies and provide regional technical guidance if/as needed;
  • Supervise and provide overall program and technical guidance to the EpiC Tajikistan project team in ensure compliance with the organizational procedures and the standards including finance, operations and subaward management.
  • Provide technical and programmatic expertise in HIV prevention, care, treatment, and viral load activities for sex workers, people who inject drugs, transient populations, and men who have sex with men.
  • Oversee above-site level activities aimed at sustainability of HIV services and scale up of community-based HIV services in the country.
  • Oversee strategic information management to ensure quality program reporting of results and data-driven decisions.
  • Provide technical and programmatic expertise to the Associate Director, COVID-19 programs, and applicable staff, in the management and implementation of EpiC’s COVID-19 response activities in Tajikistan.
  • Oversee production of timely and accurate technical reports to FHI 360 and USAID as required.
  • Coordinate community engagement and empowerment activities with KP groups for access to HIV and other health services.
  • Work with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Republican AIDS Center (RAC) and other government agencies to ensure that quality of services provided reduces barriers and improves access to services for KPs.
  • Work with CBOs, CSOs, other KP partners, local health centers and the MOH to increase demand and the uptake of HIV and other health and wellness related services both at a community and clinic level.
  • Contribute to the achievement of high-quality results in accordance with the targets, outcomes and project deliverables identified in the work plan.
  • Keep abreast of developments in larger HIV/AIDS and KP field, as well as COVID-19 response; document project methodologies, results, and outcomes, and in collaboration with EpiC HQ develop abstracts and publications.
  • Contribute to program quality according to FHI 360 standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Responsible for creating, promoting, and maintaining safe and equitable work environments for all personnel, including a harassment- and violence-free work culture, and systems for safeguarding project participants.
  • Collaborate with the FHI 360 / Tajikistan leadership to ensure effective coordination between different country programming.


    • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent in Public Health, Health Administration, Management, Social Work, or Business Administration with a focus on public health, social sciences, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
    • A minimum of 10 years’ experience with progressively increasing responsibility designing, implementing, managing and leading large development programs involving multiple partners, stakeholders, and geographic target areas in a developing country; preference for experience managing USAID and PEPFAR-funded programs.
    • A minimum of five (5) years line management experience.
    • A minimum of three years of experience providing specific technical direction and oversight of the development and management of HIV programs with key populations.
    • Demonstrated ability through previous experience leading key populations HIV programs with a focus on evidence and data driven decision making; experience in managing COVID-19 response activities and added advantage.
    • Demonstrated ability through previous experience to liaise with senior government officials, dignitaries, executives of NGOs, CBOs, and the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community.
    • English, Russian and Tajiki fluency required. Candidate should expect FHI 360 to assess fluency;
    • Position open to Tajik nationals or individuals who have the legal authority to work in Tajikistan.

      Travel Requirements:

      • 20-25%, mostly within Tajikistan and some within the other two project countries.

        This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

        This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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