Deputy Program Director

Options Consultancy Services Ltd UK, Kenya or Nigeria United Kingdom Business Development
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Company Description

We are a global team of experts and innovators tackling some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. We work with leaders and change makers around the globe to bring health strategies to life. We provide ideas, advice and technical know-how that enable our partners to build a path to lasting change.

With 30 years’ experience in global health, we collaborate with our partners to explore existing evidence, combine expertise, scale up ideas and co-create solutions that accelerate change. This includes collaborating on policy design, managing initiatives, building powerful coalitions and galvanising social movements. Our impact is felt across whole communities, with a focus on women, girls and those who have been marginalised.

As part of MSI Reproductive Choices, all our profits go back into supporting MSI’s own mission of children by choice, not chance.

We believe in a world where everyone can access the high-quality health services they need, without financial burden.


The Deputy Program Director will work jointly with the Program Director on the day-to-day delivery of the programme. The position will provide management and oversight support to teams in selected countries, promoting optimal programme implementation through a consortium approach. The Deputy Program Director will be responsible for ensuring programme strategy is cohesively implemented on time and to budget, delivering quality through the highest technical standards. The Deputy Tea Leader will report to and work closely with the Program Director, deputizing them as needed.


  • Extensive experience (10yrs +) in successfully delivering health security programming across Africa.
  • Knowledge and experience in international health regulations, disease preparedness, anti-microbial resistance, one health and whole of government approaches.
  • Experience providing technical, strategic and management oversight to large donor funded health programmes and/or organizations. Specifically, expertise and experience working in Africa, with strong partnerships with key health security organisations and agencies including WHO Afro, African Union, Africa CDC and relevant government ministries and implementing partners.
  • Experience and a track record of successful leadership and management of teams based in multiple locations. Previous experience working in a large team of highly skilled, multidisciplinary staff to leverage joint management support, and empowering team members to deliver high-quality work.
  • Strong external liaison and negotiation skills with experience in fostering partnerships between government and other stakeholders, including at global, regional, national and sub-national levels, to improve health security.
  • Experience engaging closely with and/or managing partner organizations, including large consortium management.
  • Experience in contracts (including payment by results) and contracting; supports compliance requirements and excellent financial management skills.
  • A postgraduate qualification in public health, or a related discipline.
  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential

Other information


Options offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package specific to each country, for further information please contact HR at [email protected].

Application process

  • To apply, please fill in the form.
  • Closing date for applications is: 15th February 2023
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  • Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check, identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate).

Other information

  • As an equal opportunity employer, Options Consultancy Services is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage or civil partnership. We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join Options Consultancy Services.
  • Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and postholders to share this commitment.
  • We seek people who are pro-choice, promote diversity and inclusion, are energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in any of the following countries Nigeria, Kenya or UK.