Job Title: Chief of Party, USAID nutrition, maternal and child health (MCH) and family planning (FP) project
Based in Guatemala City
Up to 30% local travel
Reports to Country Director PASMO Guatemala
Who we are
With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.
PSI seeks a seasoned Chief of Party (COP) to provide leadership, technical guidance, management and coordination to an anticipated $10-25 million dollar, 5-year USAID-funded project in Guatemala. The project will build the capacity of and provide technical assistance to Guatemala’s Ministry of Health in areas of Maternal, Infant, Child Health, Family Planning and Nutrition. This project will strengthen national government policies, their implementation at the local level, and health systems to expand access to improved nutrition and health services and encourage behavior changes at the community level to increase uptake of healthy behaviors.
Sound like you? Read on.
- Provide technical leadership to the program and partners;
- Oversee a management team in the project office and be responsible for close coordination among partners.
- Lead internal and external program planning, communication, and reporting with sub-partners.
- Build relationships among partners. Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with donors, implementing partners, Guatemala’s government entities and the private sector.
- Serve as main point of contact/representative of the project to USAID.
- Ensure the effective use and coordination of USAID resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with USAID standards.
- Ensure high-quality periodic reporting in line with USAID and PSI requirements.
What are we looking for?
- Master’s degree or higher in Public Health (MPH), Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration, International Development or other related field.
- At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing public health programs in Central America, particularly Guatemala;
- Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse team of technical experts and partners;
- Demonstrated management and supervisory capability in leading projects of similar scope, particularly USAID-funded cooperative agreements, including financial and human resource management skills
- Proven leadership experience working collaboratively with high-level stakeholders across sectors, preferably in Guatemala or Central America;
- Working knowledge of and experience with USG funded regulations (e.g. Federal Acquisition Regulations and Foreign Assistance Act) and activity management.
- Full professional proficiency in English and Spanish.
- References will be required.
What would get us excited?
- The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; a passion for supply chain and private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results.
- Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, donors, other USAID projects, ideally in Guatemala, local organizations and partners.
- Experience in building institution, local technical, management and leadership capacity.
- A good understanding of Maternal Infant Child health and nutrition programs;
- Ability to successfully recruit, train, develop and manage staff.
- Ability to manage cooperative agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements, including sub-grant management.
- Ability to perform internal control functions to manage day-to-day operations of the project.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, in Spanish and in English.
- Excellent management skills.
- Ability to travel up to 30%.
* This position is contingent on funding and award
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PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.
About the OrganizationAbout PSI:
PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide.
Health Impact and Donors:
PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions.
By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB.
With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals.
Areas of PSI focus:
PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors.
Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries.
In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families.
Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion.
Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas.
PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes.
PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.