Chief of Party (COP)- Burundi
Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, ensure availability of safe abortion services and post-abortion care, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.
Pathfinder is seeking a Chief of Party to provide overall strategic leadership and oversight for the USAID/Burundi Tubiteho Activity. The primary purpose of the Activity is to increase the use of quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health as well as malaria control and prevention services in Burundi. The main objectives are to: increase access to quality essential health services to improve uptake and increase impact; increase positive health behaviors, increasing the demand for (and correct use of) services and products, as well as early health care seeking behaviors; and strengthen health systems to support provision of quality health services
The Chief of Party (COP) will have an appropriate balance of technical, managerial, and interpersonal skills and experience. S/he shall have a deep understanding of the overall goals and objectives of the program and be able to articulate the strategic vision for the project. S/he will have experience interacting with host country agencies, including local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations.
· Provides strategic direction of all project activities. Develops and updates the project strategic plan, ensuring that programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with USAID priorities.
· Ensures that project performance objectives and mandates are implemented in a timely fashion and meet the highest quality standards.
· Serves as the senior representative for the Project to USAID, 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 achieving project targets.
· Together with other members of the leadership team, seeks to leverage non-USAID funds (such as multinational corporations and foundations) to support expanded program activities.
· Directly supervises senior Project staff members such as the DCOP and Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
· Ensures systems are established to measure accomplishments, track work in progress and use of project resources, and evaluate impact of services provided by implementing partners.
· Works closely with Project staff, and with implementing agencies and their respective long-term advisors, to design and operationalize an annual project planning cycle, which formulates comprehensive, integrated annual project workplans and budgets.
· In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration, establish and maintain the ongoing financial and grants operations, ensuring compliance with Pathfinder’s policy and USAID contract provisions. Conduct monthly reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables.
· Works with Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to provide leadership and direction to M&E strategies, frameworks, plans and indicators to capture project performance and results. Leads a periodic implementation review process to monitor progress and to identify specific actions that may be needed to achieve expected results.
· Manages and coordinates activities of subcontractors and partners to create synergy and ensure that project responsibilities are carried out in accordance with donor regulations.
· Selects, hires, and supervises staff; assigns roles and responsibilities, manages performance.
· In coordination with the Pathfinder Contracts Officer, contract with and manage local individuals/organizations for identified tasks according to donor and Pathfinder procedures. Negotiate consultancy agreements and develop capacity of local partners in mandated program areas.
· Partner successfully with Pathfinder’s Program Director and Headquarters financial, technical, and operations officers by providing accurate and timely reporting and updates on the project progress.
· 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.
· A Master’s Degree in public health or in a related field of study.
· Ten (10) years of progressively increasing responsibility working for multi-faceted family planning and sexual and reproductive health programs;
· Professional experience working in a senior management position for donor funded health projects;
· Experience interacting with host country agencies, including local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations is essential.
· Demonstrated team player with visionary leadership.
· Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
· S/he shall have depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, a solid professional reputation, interpersonal skills and professional relationships.
· Familiarity with U.S. government policies and legislative requirements relating to the use of family planning funding is useful, but not required.
· Experience in developing program work-plans, budgets, managing implementation, staff and short-term technical assistance.
· Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English and French.
· Demonstrated ability to lead a project team and achieve results
· Travel throughout the project area in Burundi and to the US will be required.