Chief of Party

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 March 2021

Job Description

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Chief of Party (COP)

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Summary:

Pathfinder is seeking a Chief of Party to provide overall strategic leadership and oversight for an anticipated five-year USAID adolescent reproductive health/family planning (RH/FP) proposal in Nepal. The Chief of Party (COP) will have an appropriate balance of leadership, managerial, technical, and interpersonal skills and experience. They shall have a deep understanding of the overall goals and objectives of an RH/FP program, based on the country situation, and be able to articulate the strategic vision for the project. They will have demonstrated experience inspiring and motivating teams in complex environments. They will also have experience interacting with host country agencies, including central and local government, USAID, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations.

** Strong Preference for Nepali citizens and then regional third country nationals

Key Job Outcomes:

  • Strategic Development and Implementation: Provides strategic direction on all project activities. Develops and updates the project work plan, ensuring programmatic approaches are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with donor priorities.
  • Project Implementation: Ensures the project achieves the greatest possible impact, including providing the necessary leadership to inspire and motivate the project team to implement performance objectives and mandates in a timely and cost-efficient fashion. Meets the highest quality standards and value for money and ensures project compliance with donor rules/regulations and Pathfinder SOPs, including technical guidelines.
  • Pathfinder Representation: Serves as the senior representative for the Project to the donor, host country government agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations. Cultivates and strengthens positive, productive relationships and ensures that Pathfinder is consistently viewed as an effective implementing partner and achieves project targets.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy: In collaboration with the MEL Advisor, provide leadership and direction to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation strategies, frameworks, plans, systems and indicators to capture and monitor/evaluate project resources, performance and results.
  • Financial and Operations Management: In collaboration with the Finance and Administration Director, establish and maintain the ongoing financial and grants operations, including monthly pipeline reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables.
  • Internal Partnerships: Partner successfully with Pathfinder’s Program Director and US-based financial, technical, and operations officers by providing accurate and timely reporting, updates on the project progress, monitor quality of project implementation, and coordinate provision of relevant technical assistance based on project needs.
  • Security Monitoring: Ensure that appropriate security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly, and adhered to by staff. Monitor the security situation and provide leadership for staff in emergencies.

Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Program Management: Experience in program management and administration, financial management, award compliance and sub award management, and tracking activity performance and costs.
  • Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Relationship Building: Demonstrated depth and breadth of relevant technical expertise and experience, interpersonal skills and professional relationships.
  • Management and Supervision: Proven ability to lead, manage, and develop direct reports within a matrix culture.
  • Operations and Financial Management: Deep knowledge of operations and financial management on a donor funded project.

Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills and English language
  • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
  • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related matters.

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in public health, social sciences, or related field.
  • Over 10 years of progressive program management experience overseeing donor funded projects.
  • Professional experience working in a senior management position for USAID-funded projects.
  • Professional experience working in a senior management position for donor funded projects.
  • Experience interacting with host country agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations is essential.
  • Previous experience working in country/region where project will be based.

Other Information:

  • Job location – we are seeking a person based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Ability and willingness to travel In-county as well as to the US Headquarters. Travel throughout the project area in Nepal will be required (up to 35%).
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer
  • Successful candidate must have the ability to work at home.
  • Please Note: This position is contingent upon project award and funding.

About the Organization

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

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