Project Manager

Job Description

The LINKAGES Project Manager is the senior member of the LINKAGES staff and will provide technical and management leadership to the LINKAGES project in Botswana. The primary responsibility of the Project Manager is to ensure successful implementation of the LINKAGES work plan and achievement of the project’s targets and goals across the three Results Areas:

Result 1:Increased availability of comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services, including reliable coverage across the continuum of care for key populations.

Result 2: Demand for comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services among key populations enhanced and sustained.

Result 3: Strengthened systems for planning, monitoring, evaluating and assuring the quality of programs for key populations

The position will be based in Gaborone, Botswana. Botswana nationals and candidates currently based in the region are encouraged to apply.

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

Position Responsibilities:

Manages, implements, and monitors systems, services, staff and budgets to achieve financial, administrative and programmatic goals.

Responsible for the implementation and oversight of technical activities in the LINKAGES work plan.

Supervises and provide technical guidance and mentorship to the LINKAGES team on technical assistance and project implementation.

Provides technical and programmatic expertise in HIV prevention, care and treatment activities for female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals including community-based outreach, peer education, drop-in centers, mobile outreach, health clinic, hospital, and private facility service provision, ICT, referrals systems for HIV, STI, GBV, PMTCT and FP services.

Oversees the development and monitoring of local organization subawards in compliance with USG, PEPFAR and FHI 360 rules and regulations.

Works collaboratively with the entire LINKAGES team in Botswana and ensures strong coordination among team partners on the implementation of technical activities.

Ensures project achieves high quality results in accordance with the targets identified in the work plan and Performance Monitoring Plan. Ensure program quality according to FHI 360 standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.

Oversees production of timely and accurate technical and financial reports to FHI 360 and USAID as required.

Coordinates and meets with, as appropriate, USAID, the Ministry of Health, and local and international partners and other stakeholders in Botswana. Serve as the LINKAGES point person for interactions with USAID/Botswana, implementing partners, and the Government of Botswana and MOH.

Identifies structural barriers to the uptake of HIV clinical services for key population groups and ways to address those structural barriers working with civil society, private businesses and government.

Monitors work plan activities; ensures appropriate levels of technical assistance in program operations; coordinates partner efforts in program implementation including assisting in the provision of technical assistance to each grant partner for the provision of high quality services; ensure appropriate program monitoring and reporting.

Works closely with FHI 360 staff in the ESABU Regional office, Washington DC and Durham, North Carolina to provide regular updates and coordinate with the global LINKAGES project.

Leads the development of Scopes of Work, memorandums of understanding (MOUs), technical management of activities for consultants and local institutions partnering with LINKAGES to ensure that activity timeframes and budgets are met and products are reviewed and finalized.

Coordinates with the LINKAGES headquarters teams for planning and management of LINKAGES technical assistance activities, including workshops, trainings, site visits, and other activities.

Reports regularly to LINKAGES/HQ (Project Director, LINKAGES) and to USAID/LINKAGES on progress and status of LINKAGES activities in Botswana.


Bachelor’s Degree or its International Equivalent – Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.

Masters level degree in Public Health (preferred) or related field or equivalent.

At least 7 – 9 years of demonstrated key population group technical expertise, with substantial HIV prevention, care, and treatment experience with female sex workers, and/or men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals.

At least 8 years of demonstrated excellence in a senior level technical advisor and leadership position, preferably in an international development context and working with key population groups.

Excellent oral and written communication in English

Previous experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is strongly preferred; Botswana experience is a plus.

Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff. Experience in multi-sector management and implementation.

Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language as appropriate. Preferred Education and/or related experience with operating in insecure environments.