Friends in Global Health is a Vanderbilt Health Services entity, currently operating in rural Mozambique with a national office in Maputo and program operations focused in Zambézia Province. Established in 2006, the organization has been an implementation partner of record with the Mozambican government since 2007, working closely with the Mozambican Ministry of Health and the U.S. Government.

With over 1,600 employees located in Mozambique, Friends in Global Health is positioned to lead and support health development programs, including the provision of technical assistance at the national, provincial, and district levels to operationalize sustainable models of community and facility-based health services.

FGH is accepting applications for Deputy Country Director located in Maputo, Mozambique.

Position Title:  Deputy Country Director
Agency:  Friends in Global Health (FGH), Mozambique
Salary Range: negotiable based on experience
Open Period: June 10 – 30, 2021
Position Duration:  Full-time contract with opportunity for renewal
Location:  Maputo, Mozambique

Required Qualifications: 

Candidate must have an advanced degree, preferably a Master’s in Business Administration; must have a minimum of 10 years of operations experience working within a developing country context, preferably Lusophone Africa, and must have a minimum of 5 years working with PEPFAR or other US Government funding; must have a strong operations background that includes program planning, management and implementation skills, and  experience in the management of large implementation teams. Fluency in Portuguese and English, both verbal and written, is required and essential to the work. Mozambique experience preferred.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and its affiliate organization Friends in Global Health (FGH) supports the Mozambican Ministry of Health in the implementation of service, training, and research programs. In FY21 VUMC/FGH programs in Mozambique had an annual budget over $40 million and a team of over 2,300 employees based in multiple provinces across the country.

Position Description:

The Deputy Country Director will support the FGH Country Director through overall strategic leadership and management of FGH’s portfolio of programs in Mozambique, leading the Logistics, Procurement, IT, Human Resources, Infrastructure, Administration and Health management teams. This position will be responsible for day-to-day decisions for FGH Operations. 

The Deputy Country Director will participate in the development of new budgets and will support the operationalization of approved budgets, working closely with the FGH Finance Department and the Country Director to ensure compliance with sponsor funding rules and regulations. The Deputy Country Director will lead the establishment of sub-agreements with Governmental or non-Governmental entities in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

This position will ensure FGH Policies and SOPs are updated in a timely manner and that all changes are effectively communicated to staff. The position will also work closely with the FGH Legal team to follow all legal cases through to resolution.

Effective communication between Technical teams and the Operations teams will be essential.

This position will require regular travel to FGH supported provinces/districts in Mozambique to monitor quality of work, identify unmet needs and support staff.

Application: Please submit CV/resume and cover letter to by June 30, 2021. Applications must reference “Deputy Country Director” in the subject line of the email.