Global Program Leader Job in Kenya

Job Title: Global Program Leader

Hiring Organization: PATH
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: NGO
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 05/27/2024

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing heath challenges.

At PATH, we are dedicated to fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity, infusing justice and ethics into every facet of our organization. We aim to accelerate our impact by integrating efforts to bolster markets and improve access to health products with our deep history of success in product design, development, and regulatory affairs.

We are seeking a dynamic leader to guide our Medical Devices and Health Technologies (MDHT) global program. This individual will serve as a key leader within PATH’s Product Development division reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer and working closely with our vaccines and diagnostics programs. The MDHT leader will oversee a diverse global team of 70 employees operating across multiple time zones worldwide. MDHT encompasses a wide-ranging product development portfolio, including the advancement of new drug and vaccine delivery devices, pharmaceutical formulations, maternal and child health interventions, as well as initiatives focused on health supply chain enhancement. Additionally, the program boasts specialized expertise in local user research, supported by a dedicated product development shop and Biosafety Level 2 laboratory.

As the Global Program Leader of MDHT, there are three primary areas of responsibility:

Strategic Oversight: Develop and execute a visionary strategy for the MDHT program aligned with the Product Development division strategy, integrating organizational efforts, and identifying new areas of focus to drive positive global health impact.

Program Leadership: Lead, cultivate, and expand our collaborative global program, fostering an environment of empowerment, effectiveness, and integration.

Partnership Development: Cultivate and nurture relationships with international agencies, governments, private sector, and donors, fostering deep and lasting partnerships to grow the program to maximize impact and reach.


Operate with accountability to PATH’s mission for improving health equity.

Provide high-level oversight for project implementation and evaluation, ensuring adherence to the highest standards of ethics and excellence.

Manage MDHT’s budget, reporting, and contribution targets, advocating for institutional resources.

Cultivate a unified, inclusive, and respectful global team culture, empowering team members to excel.

Provide emotionally intelligent coaching and mentorship to senior leadership, facilitating problem-solving and innovation.

Represent PATH externally, serving as a spokesperson and liaison to stakeholders.

Advance collaboration within MDHT and across the organization.

Required Skills and Experience

Degree in product development, engineering, science, public health, medicine, business, or related field, or equivalent experience.

Minimum of 10 years leading and managing teams in a health technology product development department with increasing level of responsibility.

Proficient in conducting market research to identify unmet needs, opportunities for innovation and then translating that into business development to influence stakeholders and advocate for sustainable solutions across diverse cultural populations.

Proven ability to build relationships with global health organizations, local stakeholders and other experts from various disciplines. Strong leadership skills, embodying a human-centered approach, coupled with exceptional emotional intelligence and people management abilities that fostered a collaborative and supportive work environment.

Prior experience working with or in relevant product development industry.

Demonstrated commitment to ethical practices with an understanding of equity, access, and social determinants of global health.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Successful management of multi-project portfolios within budget constraints.

Familiarity with global regulatory requirements and quality management systems.

Fluency in English.

Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally, estimated at 30%.

Must have legal authorization to work in a PATH country office location. Fully remote candidates in these locations will be considered.

Preferred Skills and Experience

These are valued but shouldn’t limit your decision to apply.

Success in bringing new products to market at scale in both private and public sector.

Familiarity with intellectual property management.

Publication in professionally relevant journals.

Proficiency in languages spoken in PATH-operated regions.

Willingness to be located in Seattle.

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