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At MHRP you'll be a part of a team that will advance the HIV field as we search for an effective vaccine, and help save lives in Africa through HIV prevention, care and treatment programs.
Join MHRP’s team and make a difference in the worldwide effort to control the HIV pandemic.
Position: International Program Manager
Education: Hampton University, B.A. Finance
Years with MHRP: 1
Why did you join MHRP?
I’ve worked in contract management for 13 years, so it was a natural progression. Prior to joining MHRP I worked in contracting at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF) supporting MHRP as well as other clients. Transitioning to MHRP allowed me to expand my knowledge base.
What does your job entail?
I enhance communication between headquarters and the overseas sites. My main focus is project management, but a lot of what I do is problem solving. We make assessments of and develop solutions for issues that come up in country. However, we can’t develop a solution until we encounter the issue. That keeps it very interesting and gives me no time to be bored.
What are the best aspects about your current job?
The diversity of the people I come into contact with—in the office or at the country sites. I enjoy learning about different cultures and forming friendships with so many different people from around the world. I also enjoy working with my colleague Kamalika, also an International program manager, to jointly problem solve and bounce ideas off one another; we make a great team.
What has been most rewarding about your MHRP experience?
Working closely on a project and seeing it through to completion is the most rewarding aspect of my job. Also, it’s very gratifying to see the people who are being helped by our work, such as meeting the patients at a hospital MHRP helped construct.
How is MHRP different than other places you’ve worked?
Being in a research environment, surrounded by many colleagues with a science background, has made me go back and learn more about science, especially HIV. MHRP allows me to be more of a student of science again; it’s not always the business side of things anymore.
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