Chief of Party (COP)

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 November 2019
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Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Senior Regional Director, Africa, the Chief of Party is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction, and program oversight of the USAID Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project (USAID Z-CHPP) and will serve as principal liaison to USAID and national GRZ staff. S/he should have a deep understanding of USAID Z-CHPP program goals and objectives and be able to articulate the vision for the project, while ensuring the delivery of high-quality programming. S/he will provide guidance to the project subgrantees on the program to ensure efficiency and adherence to the program timeline. S/he will also ensure the coordination within the consortium and with reporting to the donor.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide overall leadership management and general technical direction of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the award.
  • Act as the primary liaison with USAID/Zambia on technical matters and adjust programs and operations in response to USAID/Zambia technical direction.
  • Respond to the designated AOR and USAID/Zambia’s Agreement Officer.
  • Ensure quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the award.
  • Expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID and Pact HQ requirements, policies, and regulations.
  • Manage project budget to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and Pact’s resources.
  • Ensure that all project reporting requirements are met to the highest standards.
  • Ensure that the program meets programmatic and financial targets and makes accurate projections.
  • Manage relationships with consortium partner organizations, including the organization of review and planning workshops, and coordinate the roles and activities of other partner organizations in implementation, in line with Pact partnership principles.
  • Create and maintain proper conditions for learning within the project offices. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and challenges. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for project staff and ensure the design and delivery of high-quality training and technical assistance.

Basic Requirements

  • A Masters Degree in Public Health, Social Sciences or related field with specialized training in HIV prevention, health promotion, and/or community development.
  • 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility working in HIV prevention and related fields, preferably in ESA region. At least eight of those years in senior-management positions leading and managing large-scale HIV public health programs in sub-Saharan Africa, including supervision of technical staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain professional relationships, and to work collaboratively with host government agencies, civil society and community-based organizations, and other donors.
  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and communicate a common vision to diverse partners and a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of and experience with management of donor-funded agreements or contracts
  • Strong organizational skills including task and time management.

Preferred Qualifications

Leadership

  • Ability to sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with internal colleagues and contacts in donor and peer organizations
  • Deep understanding of Pact’s strategy and how efforts contribute to the greater good
  • Consistently works within internal process and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills
  • Proactive engagement in corporate initiatives

Project Management

  • Strong planning and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex ideas to diverse audiences
  • Ability to problem-solve difficult issues
  • Ability to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities
  • Strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • Proficiency in developing and managing a budget

Technical Skills

  • Strong experience in one of Pact’s technical areas or a support function
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of donor policies and regulations
  • High competence using common desktop applications and internal systems

People Management

  • Demonstrated proficiency in supervising staff, including providing honest feedback
  • Ability to mentor others



Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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