International Program Manager - Uganda (ACESO)

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Updated: March 7, 2019
Job ID: 214508
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking an International Program Manager - Uganda to support the Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO) located in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to ACESO. Applicants must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes (ACESO) is implementing clinical research programs internationally and requires a candidate to support clinical research studies in Uganda. ACESO is a fast-growing international clinical research group with a collaborative team atmosphere, focus on the mission, and high expectations for individual performance. The International Program Manager-Uganda must learn quickly, demonstrate considerable judgment, perform well under pressure, act independently, and adapt easily to new challenges. The International Program Manager-Uganda will also work closely with the ACESO leadership to develop and implement targeted projects to strengthen the overall program execution. The International Program Manager-Uganda must be able to quickly assess complex problems, develop adaptable strategies, and work with internal and external partners to implement resolution.

This position is based in Bethesda, Maryland, but will require routine travel to Ugandan study sites and occasional meetings in Frederick, Maryland.

Job Summary: ACESO is implementing clinical research programs internationally and requires a candidate who will manage international clinical study programs in Uganda, which may include preparation and conduct of FDA regulated clinical trials for therapeutics or diagnostics during a filovirus outbreak event. The International Program Manager will be responsible for the overall implementation, including management of personnel, multiple Ugandan and US partner sub-agreements, as well as close coordination with the study clinical lead, the US Government sponsor, other US Government organizations upon which the success of the program depends, host-country organizations, and international partners to ensure all components are successfully completed.  In addition, the International Program Manager will work closely with the scientists to ensure program and donor goals are met. 


  1. Lead project management and execution of Uganda research programs
  2. Develop and drive program plans and budgets
  3. Build strong relationships with partners, both in the US and host-country
  4. Drive discussions, decisions, and actions for cross-organizational groups that define requirements, identify issues, and ensure implementation of appropriate solutions. This includes coordinating administrative and operational programmatic activities including weekly project calls (i.e. scheduling, organizing and minutes)
  5. Manage ACESO work and sub-award/subcontractor work in accordance with scope, schedule and budget to ensure timely, high-quality results
  6. Work closely with program funder to provide visibility into program progress, budget, issues, and risks
  7. Directly manage ACESO Project Coordinator, hire new personnel as needed, and foster a productive, supportive team culture
  8. Coordinate as needed with other ACESO and HJF HQ team members who contribute to program activities.
  9. Prepare program presentations and reports as needed
  10. Function independently, but escalate items as needed for higher level visibility, input, or action
  11. Coordinate with travel staff to arrange travel logistics and arrangements, as needed.
  12. Keep and track updated records and reports, training materials, and other program related documents.
  13. Work with the ACESO regulatory team to coordinate protocol amendments, continuing reviews and monitoring visits for implementation of research studies. Coordinate with the in-country team on in-country approvals.
  14. Troubleshoot operations issues as needed to ensure successful implementation.
  15. Coordinate with other ACESO team members and processes to standardize processes where feasible and ensure appropriate communication
  16. Manage HJF-ACESO fixed assets, including laboratory equipment.
  17. Interact with ACESO scientific and technical personnel to ensure study protocols are followed, implemented and scientific goals are achieved on the programs(s).
  18. Manage grant proposals as needed to include the full range of activities required to prepare, edit and submit
  19. Complete other tasks as needed

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to implement high quality clinical research studies. Demonstrated experience implementing international initiatives. Experience leading a team; international experience required. Ability to learn quickly, demonstrate considerable judgment, perform well under pressure, act independently, and adapt easily to new challenges. Ability to facilitate discussions of complicated, multi-faceted issues and clearly communicate the decisions, implications, and actions in easy to understand ways. Ability to build mutual respect and cooperative relationships with highly skilled partners, such as physicians and scientists. Ability to inspire action from groups or individuals not in direct chain of command. Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines. Ability to excel in fast-paced, changing, and challenging environments. Ability to recognize and creatively respond to trends and changes in the field. Ability to influence and persuade. Skilled in public speaking, meeting facilitation and audience presentations. Strong written and oral communication skills. Solid organizational and analytical skills. Outstanding MS Office skills. Ability to quickly adapt to new technology and tools. Ability to travel as required by ACESO (expect 25-30% travel).

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor's degree required. Master’s Degree in Public Health or related field preferred.

Minimum Experience: 6 to 10 years related experience in research program management, including a minimum of 2 years international research program management and 1-2 years of clinical research program management; prior work with international partners required.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: This position will report to the International Research Operations Manager and will supervise program national staff, as well as a project coordinator.

Work Environment: Office, laboratory, field setting; 25-30% travel schedule

This position is based at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) in Bethesda, Maryland. The position may allow flexibility and/or telework to accommodate both the individual and the needs of ACESO,. This will be decided on a case by case basis.