Jhpiego seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity for an upcoming USAID-funded reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition (RMNCH+N) project. The project aims to strengthen government-led multi-sectoral RMNCH+N systems for improved service availability and use. The project will operate over a five-year period.
Reporting to the Country Director, COP will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management and reporting of project activities. S/he will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and project quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with USAID, on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with the host country government at all levels, and international partners and agencies.
This position is contingent upon award from donor. Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets
Ensure that project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Uganda, its people and donors
Ensure compliance with the terms of the award
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USG donor, the Ministry of Health, other ministries, as well as implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Uganda to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions
Collaborate with project team to build capacity within RMNCH+N
Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USG donor, MOH and project team
Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to donor
Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
Provide guidance, in collaboration with staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees
Write and/or review project materials and publications
Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results
Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
Ensure compliance with USG donor operational policies and regulations
- Advanced degree, at least a Masters, in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred
- Previous experience serving as COP/project director or DCOP or senior level management
- 10+ years’ experience successfully managing multi-partner, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $4 M per year) that have implemented successful activities in nutrition and MNCH
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out
- Previous experience working in Uganda, with intimate understanding of local health system and RMNCH+N gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies
- Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs
- Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USG donor, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
- In-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements
- Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
- Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
- Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
- Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
- Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
- Proficiency in word processing, Microsoft Office
- Ability to travel nationally and internationally
About the Organization
Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.
Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.
Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.