Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 March 2020
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Job Description

IAVI is in search of an exceptional Regional Chief of Party (COP) reporting to the Program Lead and Principal Investigator (PI) for IAVI’s USAID-funded ADVANCE Program which is a $200 million program funded until June 2026. The Regional COP will provide overall oversight for the operations and administration of ADVANCE in its Africa locations and across implementing partners and will oversee all aspects of administration and operations in Africa and staffs in operations.
ADVANCE (Accelerate the Development of Vaccines and New Technologies to Combat the AIDS Epidemic) aims to:
1) Conduct Africa-centered HIV vaccine and biomedical prevention preclinical and clinical research that will improve the design and advance the development of next generation HIV vaccine candidates globally; and
2) Strengthen associated capacity for HIV biomedical prevention research in Africa.
By enabling outstanding and relevant R&D capacity in Africa, the ADVANCE program has and will continue to accelerate the development of vaccines and new biomedical technologies to combat the AIDS epidemic. This program is part of IAVI’s 20-year collaboration with USAID which has a rich history of HIV epidemic, scientific discovery, translational, clinical research and capacity building. This program has linked leading scientists in vaccinology, immunology and virology to African-based long-standing epidemiology and observational studies, early phase and late stage clinical trials clinical trials.
The ADVANCE program is overseen by an ADVANCE Leadership Team (ALT) and of which the Regional COP will be a critical part of. The ALT provides the programmatic leadership, develops and implements integrated workplans and budgets, and ensures that resources are deployed effectively.
The ADVANCE program works with eight clinical research centers in Africa. These include: KAVI Institute of Clinical Research (KAVI-ICR), Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)- Wellcome Trust, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, Zambia Emory HIV Research Project (ZEHRP), The Aurum Institute and UVRI, Project San Francisco (PSF) Rwanda now termed the Community Health Research Foundation (CHFR), Medical Research Council-Uganda (MRC/UVRI/LSHTM) and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). ADVANCE also has additional ongoing collaborations with multiple leading organizations, including Wits Health Consortium and the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF). The ADVANCE program also has a host of clinical research centers and partners in India coordinated by the India based regional country director.
Africa Regional office – Nairobi, Kenya
ADVANCE Program Lead and Principal Investigator, with a dotted line to the HQ-based Chief Operating Officer (COO).

We are seeking a seasoned and respected Regional COP for our USAID-funded ADVANCE program responsible of supporting the Program Lead and Principal Investigator and the rest of the ADVANCE Leadership Team in effective implementation of the program in Africa. The Regional COP will also be responsible of overseeing operations and administration of the Africa Regional office and other locations in Africa. The regional COP will work closely with a HQ-based program coordinator to deliver annual workplans, annual reporting and host regional and global meetings relevant to the program.
Responsibilities will include:
Management and financial oversight
• Supporting ADVANCE Program Lead and PI in ensuring that the goals and objectives of ADVANCE are fulfilled. This includes ensuring the program is being adequately monitored (utilizing the CoAg Results framework and affiliated MEL systems), reviewed and improved. Where gaps exist, the Regional COP will ensure they are built with support of the affiliated teams. For the financial aspects, the Regional COP will oversee development of and implementation of associated integrated work plans and budgets, ensure that the resources are deployed effectively and assist in a quarterly review of expenses and identify and remedy (with ADVANCE Leadership Team) any delays in execution of program;
• Overseeing all aspects of administration and operations in Africa and staffs in operations, including HR, Budget/Finance, Compliance, Logistics, Procurement, Grant writing and proposals management; Communications, and MEL activities. This includes managing sub-awardee budgets, contractors, ensuring compliance with the Kenyan and any other applicable laws where ADVANCE operates and/or where staff reside, in the areas above;
• Serving as a member of the ADVANCE Leadership team, and other teams as needed.
External Communications
The Regional COP will support the ADVANCE Program Lead and PI in:
• Building relationships with the ADVANCE-funded network of partners.
• Identifying performance issues and anticipate and mitigate any risks related to program implementation;
• Coordinating and communicating with ADVANCE research collaborators, Clinical Research Centers and donors on actively identifying partnership opportunities and potential pathways to leverage the work of ADVANCE in Africa;
• Representing IAVI and its partners in various fora and presenting the project progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders in such meetings and conferences.
Program Reporting and Execution
• Building and ensuring transparency and accountability in reporting processes from the project team to the sub-awardees;
• Facilitating the quality, preparation and timely submission of project reports with affiliated HQ/global teams;
• Writing and/or reviewing project materials and publications;
• Working with finance and project staff to develop, utilize and track project budgets.
• 10+ years of experience implementing large, complex, multi-partner, multi-year international health sector development projects (at least $10M+ per year);
• 5 years+ of senior-level management experience (e.g., Chief of Party, Project Director, DCOP, Deputy Project Director);
• Master’s degree in science, international development, public health, business management and operations or other related degrees;
• Demonstrable experience with PEPFAR and USAID project management, compliance and reporting requirements. Experience in technical, financial and administrative oversight of USAID and PEPFAR funded projects;
• In-depth understanding of Africa-based HIV epidemics and the HIV response (very valuable, not mandatory);
• Experience in hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs; demonstrable ability to effectively coach, mentor and develop staff;
• Demonstrable leadership and adaptive management skills;
• Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with partners, host country government and other key stakeholders;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to work in fast-paced dynamic environment with multiple partners;
• Flexible and independent.

About the Organization

Organizational Overview:

IAVI is a nonprofit scientific research organization dedicated to addressing urgent, unmet global health challenges including HIV and tuberculosis. Our mission is to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions.
Through scientific and clinical research in Africa, India, Europe, and the U.S., IAVI is pioneering the development of biomedical innovations designed for broad global access. We develop vaccines and antibodies in and for the developing world and seek to accelerate their introduction in low-income countries.
IAVI programs and partnerships are grounded in the regions of the world where the disease burden is the greatest, and our approach emphasizes sustainability. Our network of clinical research center partners in Africa and India helps strengthen in-country research capacity and supports the training and education of the next generation of scientists. The global impact of our science includes fundamental contributions to understanding the biology of HIV infection, which IAVI and others are applying toward advancing vaccine science and immunology.
IAVI accelerates scientific discovery and development by fostering unique collaborations among academia, industry, local communities, governments, and funders to explore new and better ways to address public health threats that disproportionately affect people living in poverty.
Our global reach, including a clinical research network in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in India, has allowed us to make fundamental contributions to understanding the epidemy, transmission, virology, and immunology of HIV. This work played a key role in facilitating the design of promising HIV vaccine candidates, as well as the discovery of broadly neutralizing antibodies that are now being advanced as promising approaches for HIV prevention. Our integrated capabilities in vaccine and antibody discovery, development, and clinical research take advantage of biopharmaceutical industry expertise to accelerate the development and testing of prevention methods for HIV and other diseases. Through the Product Development Center, we support external researchers with technical and scientific expertise to accelerate the development of their own products.
 Dedication to the Mission: We are committed to the translation of scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions.
 Innovative Evolution: We are committed to solving complex problems in creative and innovative ways, learning from our mistakes and successes and never giving up
 Integrity: We are committed to meeting the highest ethical and professional standards in everything we do and to taking responsibility for our actions to earn respect
 Collaboration: We are committed to embracing diversity, the power of global teamwork and the belief that by working as one we can make a difference

Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

IAVI is an equal opportunity employer and applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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