Chief of Party - DREAMS Malawi

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 January 2019

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

Pact is recruiting a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded five-year DREAMS program. The program will: a) expand the use of high quality, integrated, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention services by AGYW aged 10 to 24 in two districts; and, b) increase case-finding of undiagnosed HIV-positive individuals in four districts, through targeted outreach testing with robust linkages to ART. HIV case-finding will focus on adult men and young people aged 15-24, who constitute the majority of undiagnosed HIV-positive persons in Malawi.

The COP will provide technical leadership, operational, and financial oversight for the project and will serve as the primary liaison with USAID, the Government of Malawi, Pact headquarters in DC (HQ), and relevant project stakeholders. The COP is responsible for achieving the project’s goals, objectives and strategy, directing the entire project team and managing the critical relationships with local and international partners and other key stakeholders in close coordination with partners, USAID and HQ. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide overall management, strategic direction, and leadership to the project to achieve expected project goals and results within budget and timeframe.
  • Manage implementation of project objectives and assure high quality deliverables.
  • Provide exemplary leadership to ensure effective integration of program implementation among partner organizations.
  • Forge new alliances with stakeholders at the national, provincial, district and site level, including potential new investors HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.
  • Responsible for strategic and operational planning, including timely preparation of the annual work plan, project and financial reports.
  • Maintain a strong and wide network with key in-country partners and stakeholders and ensure that the project is represented on appropriate steering and advisory groups.
  • Provide oversight for the project’s financial management and procurement systems and ensure that they are in line with Pact policies and procedures and USG/USAID rules and regulations.
  • Serve as the principal liaison with USAID, responsible for reporting program results to USAID and cultivating and maintaining a positive relationship with USAID staff.
  • Hire, supervise and mentor project staff.
  • Ensure compliance with Pact policies and procedures, USAID, USG and local laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Other tasks as required to achieve the Program Objectives and Expected Results.

Basic Requirements

  • A Master’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline; an advanced degree in a clinical or public health discipline (medicine, nursing, epidemiology) is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of senior-level experience leading large-scale, complex HIV and/or public health programs, including supervision of technical staff, preferably in East and Southern Africa (ESA).
  • An additional 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility working in HIV prevention, family planning/reproductive health or related fields internationally, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa. Specific experience working with HIV testing and SRH service delivery preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships and to work collaboratively with host government agencies, donors, civil society and CBOs.
  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and communicate a common vision to diverse partners and foster collaboration across a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Prior experience managing PEPFAR and/or USAID-funded agreements or contracts.



Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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