Chief of Party (Ethiopia)

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 31 July 2018

Job Description

The Chief of Party (COP) will be the principal point of contact in Ethiopia for procedural and substantive matters. The COP will coordinate and ultimately be responsible for results under this activity. The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID/Ethiopia and Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) on technical matters. The COP will be responsible for responding to the COR and USAID/Ethiopia’s Contracting Officer. The COP will also be responsible for ensuring control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under Contract.

The Chief of Party (COP) will lead the QED team in achieving all project objectives and will be based in Ethiopia. S/He will provide overall technical and strategic direction, leadership, and management oversight to the project team. The COP will be the principle point of contact for the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) in country and will have the authority to make decisions on behalf of QED and will have primary accountability for project requirements. S/He will coordinate and liaise with other stakeholders, including government agencies, other donor-funded projects, implementing partners, and USAID and other donors. The COP will work with the Deputy COP-Technical and other senior technical team members to lead the development and implementation of the project work plan. S/He will provide additional quality assurance and help ensure the timeliness of deliverables. S/He will work with the Finance and Administration Manager to oversee budgeting and the financial operations of the project, ensuring compliance with contractual, QED, USAID, and Ethiopian requirements. The COP will also provide guidance and support on technical activities undertaken by the project related to systems design and management, data sources and management, data quality, information products and dissemination, and data demand and use. The COP will coordinate on a routine basis with the QED home office and project partners. H/She will work to establish an environment of innovation and collaboration for the development of a fully functional national health information system (HIS) that integrates health and health-related data and interoperates across improved electronic HIS sub-systems.


  • Master’s degree in business administration, project management, public policy and management, public health, international development, or other related field
  • 10+ years of experience of experience in information systems strengthening and governance, monitoring and evaluation, informatics, or other field related to international health programs are required.
  • At least 5 years of experience in management and implementation of USAID-funded or other donor-funded projects involving health information system management and strengthening, national health data systems, data management and use, or social science research.
  • Thought leadership in the field of health information systems and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation experience to high-level audiences, and publication in peer reviewed journals, fluency in Amharic and English.
  • Strong interpersonal and management skills.
  • Strong understanding and fluency in the field of information communication technology and innovation in technology for global health.
  • Proven ability to leverage and manage partnership and cooperate with host country governments and international partners in implementing multi-intervention health information system projects preferred.
  • At least five years of supervisory experience over technical and administrative staff.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically, ability to manage a culturally and linguistically diverse staff, consultants and counterparts.
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities, often within a required timeframe.
  • Professional and diplomatic demeanor and conduct, especially during interactions with the client and its constituents.
  • Ethiopian national preferred or individual with several years of experience in country

About the Organization

The QED Group, LLC, is a full-service international consulting firm committed to solving complex global challenges through innovative solutions. QED has a 20 years history of evidence based development, which includes more than $3.5 billion in programs evaluated and work in 96 countries around the globe. We are determined to provide all our clients with best-value services so they increase their efficiency, learning capacity, and accountability to the public in an ever more complex and interconnected world.

The Director of Project Management is responsible for leading QED’s Project Management (PM) team and ensuring the successful implementation of all QED projects, including contractual, financial, and operational activities. The Director ensures that QED projects follow all applicable Company and client requirements, and continuously focuses on opportunities to improve internal operations and implement best practices. The Director of Project Management, reporting to the Executive Vice President, is a member of QED’s Management Committee and will work closely with other teams across the Company, including Finance & Accounting, Contracts & Compliance, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Communications, and Information Technology. The Director will also coordinate closely with the Technical Services team to ensure that all operational and technical elements of our programs are effectively managed. The Director will also coordinate with QED’s Business Development (BD) team to oversee the PM team’s support of BD activities.

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