Chief of Party, DRC

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 November 2019
  • Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of
  • Closing on 6 December 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

General summary/purpose:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) aims to empower people to adopt healthy behaviors for themselves, their families and their communities. CCP will implement a USAID-funded project that will use global best practices to distribute insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in DRC.

CCP seeks candidates for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated 5-year, ITN distribution project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), projected to be awarded on or by March 31, 2020. In collaboration with USAID/DRC and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the project aims to assist the DRC National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to distribute ITNs via mass campaigns and through schools in target provinces. The COP will lead the implementation of this project, responding to technical assistance needs including province-specific implementation as well as national technical leadership and advocacy.

The COP will oversee management and operations of the project as a whole. S/he will be expected to represent the project at high level stakeholder meetings with donors, government ministries, and project partners. S/he will possess a deep command of management processes generally and USAID reporting and compliance requirements specifically and demonstrate an ability to produce quality results on schedule.

**This position is contingent upon project award and funding**

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

The COP will provide strategic oversight to all in-country project operations. This includes but is not limited to liaising with project partners and government institutions for the timely and effective distribution of ITNs in implementation regions, sensitizing communities distribution events such as household registration and key ITN behaviors, designing and implementing a monitoring system to ensure ITNs reach target households, overseeing financial and logistical systems needed for ITN distribution, and liaising with all partners to ensure coordination between the different ITN distribution phases. In addition, the COP will provide technical inputs to relevant high level stakeholder meetings to support the DRC NMCP to implement vector control programs, including ITN distribution, that best suit the Congolese context based on available data.

Program Management

  • Lead technical areas, larger activities and/or programs independently
    • Envision, design and initiate new program activities according to a larger program goal, national policies, and global best practices
  • Oversee country programs with support
    • Produce and edit documents, work plans, reports, and presentations
    • Monitor budgets and make strategic decisions to reallocate funding according to strategic priorities
    • Act as liaison for consultant activities, ensuring statement of work, contract and deliverables are in place
    • Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans and other administrative and programmatic documents
    • Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending
    • Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally)
    • Liaise with internal and external partners
    • Adhere to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies
    • Upload and save deliverables on relevant knowledge management platforms
    • Identify and address STTA needs independently
    • Work closely with research to routinely review program performance data and initiate adaptations to program management and implementation

People Management

  • Supervise staff
    • Orient and train new staff members
    • Conduct regular (at least quarterly) check ins and annual performance reviews with all supervisees
    • Identify and recommend appropriate professional development opportunities for supervisees
    • Provide coaching and mentoring to promote continued growth and improvement among supervisees and other staff
  • Oversee and ensure the quality of work produced by staff or team.
  • Manage group work and effective team functioning independently; includes identifying and filling staffing gaps and independent contractor identification and hiring.
  • Operate with compliance to all JHU supervisory policy.

Technical Work

  • Lead and manage technical work independently, including strategies, policy documents, ITN distribution tools and SBC materials
    • Generate and envision new activities, ideas, frameworks, and strategies that further high-level goals
    • Use tools, processes, best-practices and colleague review to ensure all products and documents are of the highest quality possible
    • Provide feedback to others about the quality of work. This includes raising concerns about errors, omissions, and poor quality products to the staff member responsible for that work, and requesting revision of work that is not high quality.
    • In collaboration with research and evaluation division, contribute to design and implementation of research plans and activities
  • Supervise/oversee STTA of staff with support
  • Lead in-country technical work, including trainings, workshops, and program support, independently
  • Demonstrate technical expertise in relevant technical areas (i.e. SBC, knowledge management, health areas, etc.)
  • Demonstrate high level technical communication, including writing reports, creating and giving presentations, and facilitating trainings or group discussions

Professional and Organizational Growth

  • Lead strategic partnership development with support
  • Represent JHU and CCP at relevant external meetings and events
    • May include delivering technical presentations, networking, relationship building, and initiate and follow through with opportunities for collaboration
  • Engage with the global malaria community to stay abreast of technical updates, emerging best practices, and lessons learned that can be applied to DRC.
  • Professionally engage and collaborate with other programs across the Center
  • Recognize and address factors that might strategically impact a program or the Center, and propose solutions to appropriate staff members
  • Proactively seek opportunities to expand leadership and management skills
  • Request or initiate quarterly check-in meetings with supervisor to assess performance, strengths and areas for improvement in your current position, and establish professional goals

Minimum qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree in business, public health, program management or a related field with at least ten (10) years of experience in international health and development, including senior-level management positions and experience managing large and complex projects implemented by multi-sectoral/multi-partner consortia;
  • Experience providing technical guidance to large and complex activities with a focus on malaria and proven ability to effectively engage partners, including host country government personnel;
  • Experience working in DRC and demonstrated knowledge of the health systems of DRC
  • Experience planning, implementing and monitoring ITN distribution through multiple channels include mass campaigns and school distribution.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience managing the reporting and compliance requirements for large health and development contracts or agreements that serve clients in developing countries funded by U.S. Government funds and experience interacting with U.S. government agencies including Missions, strongly preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to travel to provinces, when needed.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage difficulty, timely, and complex issues with diplomacy and tact while holding steadfast to principles with staff, partners, and funders.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to communicate and conduct meetings and synthesize large amounts of data to produce research reports (graphs, tables) and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise confidentiality, professionalism, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to ensure adherence to applicable donor rules and regulations and local in-country laws.
  • Fluent in French and English

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience planning, implementing and monitoring ITN distribution through multiple channels include mass campaigns and school distribution.
  • Knowledge of SBC theories, best practices and a proven record of implementing data driven SBC programs.

Applicants who accept an interview will be asked to submit three (3) professional references familiar with their work in the previous five years. Applicants who are unable to provide three references will not be considered for this position. Please include a cover letter describing your motivation for applying for this position along with you CV. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

About the Organization

In 1988, in recognition of the crucial role of communication in public health, JHU established the Center for Communication Programs, better known around the world as CCP. Since that time, CCP’s powerful programming, teaching and research has touched more than a billion people. Today, CCP has more than 60 projects that reach people in more than 40 countries and has yearly expenditures of over $100 million. Our major donors include the United States Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, DFID, and more. CCP is now based within the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At CCP we strive toward:

Leadership: We are the pioneers in the field of health communication, and continue to be leaders and innovators, heading two major global health awards from the United States Agency for International Development: Breakthrough ACTION and Knowledge SUCCESS.

Creativity: CCP designs messages that resonate and characters that are memorable, using entertainment to educate and inspire behavior change. CCP often challenges the status quo with humor, drama and persuasive storytelling.

Innovation: CCP is not partial to one communication approach. We use what our experience tells us will work best with the people we need to reach the most. Staying on top of social trends and the newest technology helps us provide timely, appropriate and meaningful information.

Expertise: CCP’s faculty and staff are world leaders in health communication design, implementation, and research and evaluation. We are widely published in academic and professional journals and conduct workshops to shape future generations of health communication professionals.

Impact: CCP’s work improves health and saves lives.

We invite you to learn more about our work, our staff and our vision for the future of public health at

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