Save the Children is seeking a Project Director/Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Adolescent Reproductive Health/Family Planning (RH/FP) program in Nepal. The COP will oversee project design and implementation and provide technical expertise and quality assurance for project activities. This person will be SC’s primary point of contact with all relevant stakeholders, including USAID, Ministry of Health, and other international and local partners. The COP will lead a team of experts implementing project activities; prepare reports, annual operating plans, and project deliverables; and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and Save the Children’s regulations. As the project is expected to align with the objectives of the Government of Nepal, the COP will also ensure all activities support in-country priorities, complement existing initiatives, and include plans for sustainability.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Lead the development of all project deliverables (e.g., strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, detailed budgets, procurement and supply management plans);
- Supervise and monitor the work of project staff and performance of consortium partners, providing support to ensure high-quality implementation that aligns with USAID guidelines and FP High Impact Practices;
- Oversee the development and application of strong M&E systems, program monitoring tools, and efficient mechanisms that support high quality implementation;
- Emphasize the use of data and learning for ongoing program improvement and adaptation;
- Establish compliance with US Government regulations, policies, and procedures and Save the Children guidelines;
- Represent the project externally and maintain effective communication, coordination, and positive relationships with key counterparts, such as from USAID, Government of Nepal ministries and divisions (e.g., Ministry of Health and Population, Family Welfare Division, and the National Health Training Center), other international implementing partners, and local NGOs;
- Actively participate as a member of the Country Extended SMT, contributing to country strategic plans;
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence and ensure a cohesive workplace for optimum staff retention;
- Ensure staff understand SC’s vision and values and fully adhere to SC’s Code of Conduct principles;
- Ensure project funds are used appropriately and efficiently; and
- Lead coordination and maintain communication with SCUS
- Clinical background in medicine or nursing or masters-level degree in Public Health, Non-Profit Management, or related.
- Minimum 7-10 years’ of professional experience designing, managing and implementing donor-funded RH/FP, adolescent health, social and behavior change, and/or health systems strengthening programs;
- At least five years of experience in a senior management role (e.g., as a Program Director, COP, or Deputy COP) leading large, multi-stakeholder programming in a developing country or countries;
- Familiarity with the processes, procedures, and policies of the Government of Nepal;
- In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead teams effectively;
- Creative problem solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; and
- Knowledge of Nepali preferred.
Qualified local candidates are encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.