Chief of Party, Cameroon

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 September 2019
  • Cameroon
  • Closing on 11 October 2019
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Job Description


Title: Chief of Party, Cameroon

Department: IMPACT Malaria

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing.

There are over 7,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI and its local affiliates manage malaria control programs in 32 countries and are world leaders in malaria control implementation delivering 42 million treated mosquito nets and almost 19 million quality-assured ACTs for confirmed malaria cases in 2016. PSI also supports national Ministries of Health to scale up malaria diagnosis especially in the private sector and to improve tracking of malaria patients through surveillance and health information systems, especially DHIS2.

The Cameroon Association for Social Marketing (ACMS), affiliated to PSI, is seeking an experienced, dynamic and results-driven Chief of Party (COP) to facilitate the scale up of the IMPACT MALARIA project funded by USAID through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), working on advancing progress in malaria service delivery. This COP will be responsible for ensuring technical rigor and the timely implementation of malaria service delivery activities in Cameroon. We are looking for candidates with significant leadership, management and technical malaria experience.

Place of work: Garoua or Yaoundé


Your contribution

Under the supervision of the Executive Director of ACMS and the Country Operations Director for Impact Malaria, COP will be responsible for the overall development, management (financial, administrative, and programmatic), and representation of Impact Malaria. You will perform the following functions:

Project Leadership

  • Act as the project’s primary representative with the PMI Mission, international and regional partners, and host-country government officials.
  • Foster relationships with the implementing partners of the PMI-funded interventions to maximize synergy.
  • Serve as the focal point for engaging in policy dialogue with the MOH at central and local levels, in conjunction with donors on key issues relevant to increasing uptake for malaria treatment services.
  • Represent PSI/Cameroon and all Impact Malaria partners in interactions with donors and government, NGO and private sector partners in Cameroon.

Technical Oversight of the Impact Malaria Project

  • Serve as the technical focal point for engaging in policy dialogue with the NMCP centrally on key issues relevant to malaria service delivery activities, which include public sector case management, Malaria in Pregnancy, SMC, etc.
  • Provide regular updates to the PSI/Washington backstopping and core technical teams on technical implementation of activities.
  • Ensure that activities are implemented according to technical guidance from USAID and global best practices.
  • Coordinate technical assistance from sub-contractors to achieve workplan deliverables.

Program Implementation, Monitoring, and Evaluation

  • Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with the core team, implementing partners, and government entities.
  • In collaboration with the project technical team, develop project workplan and ensure performance indicators and targets are met, as well as timely completion of activities against workplan deadlines.
  • Contribute to the development of quarterly/annual programmatic reports and weekly progress updates for the project.
  • Assist the core team with the production and dissemination of knowledge products.

Personnel, Financial, and Administrative Management

  • Supervise project technical staff, including the Technical Advisor, Program Managers, and administrative and finance staff, ensuring that they are successfully managing project activities and achieving deliverables.
  • Oversee compliance with the goals set in the contract and with USAID regulations and ACMS policies and systems.
  • Ensure sound financial management including programmatic, budgeting, spending, projections and monitoring of payments.
  • Ensure recruitment and performance management of all Impact Malaria staff in country
  • Assist the Executive Director with other duties as necessary

What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.

The basics

  • You have a medical degree, or a Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, or a development related degree.
  • You have at least 10 years of experience in managing or implementing USAID projects of similar scope, and preferably in Africa.
  • You have at least seven years of supervision experience.
  • Experience and technical knowledge in malaria and/or infectious disease programming.
  • Ability to interact with and lead a broad range of governmental and non-governmental actors and institutions across sectors.
  • You have at least eight years of experience living or working in a developing country.
  • You have demonstrated strong leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • You have demonstrated experience working with host country government.
  • You are fluent in French and English.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be requried to background check.

Other conditions

  • Strong skills and experience in all aspects of program cycle management – design and development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in malaria case management
  • Proven coaching, facilitation, and communication skills.
  • Outstanding French language skills, both spoken and written.
  • Excellent knowledge of U.S. Government approaches and regulations
  • Minimum of seven years management experience on large, complex, and multifaceted donor-funded projects


  • Exempt

Female and male candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. ACMS reserves the right to recruit at a lower level or on the basis of a modified job profile.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


About the Organization

About PSI: PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide. Health Impact and Donors: PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions. By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB. With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals. Areas of PSI focus: HIV: PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions. TB: Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors. Child Survival: Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries. Reproductive Health: In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families. Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion. Clean Water: Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas. PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes. Malaria: PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.

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