Chief of Party - HIV/AIDS Response Vietnam

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 June 2018

Job Description


In Vietnam, Abt Associates expects an opportunity to work together with USAID and the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to support sustainability and country ownership of Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS response. Vietnam is a recipient of funding from USAID’s Sustainable Financing Initiative (SFI), a PEPFAR-funded innovative mechanism to promote Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) in countries where external funding for HIV/AIDS is projected to diminish over time. With SFI and USAID/Vietnam support, Abt will be working with the Vietnam AIDS Authority Council (VAAC) and other actors within the Ministry of Health, the Vietnam Social Security (VSS), and other stakeholders to build health financing capacity to analyze domestic resource mobilization options and to leverage the Social Health Insurance (SHI) system to progressively increase domestic funding for HIV, help Vietnam achieve the 90-90-90 goals, and ensure economic protection for PLHIV on treatment. Abt seeks to hire a Chief of Party responsible for overseeing project activities in Vietnam.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represent Abt Associates and the project to the USAID Mission, the Government of Vietnam (GVN) and other key stakeholders
  • Set and pursue a results-oriented program strategy in coordination with the team and in consultation with USAID, other partners and stakeholders
  • Assume responsibility for the technical quality of all project activities and products
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Ministry of Health, Vietnam Social Security, and other Vietnamese stakeholders at national and provincial level. Maintain active partnerships and communication with development partners, USAID implementers and other relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure that staff, team members and consultants understand their roles and responsibilities and comply with contract requirements, USAID and Abt policies and procedures
  • Oversee development and timely implementation of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans for all project activities, including development of appropriate evaluation questions and selection of suitable design. Ensure that data required for USAID performance benchmarks and results frameworks are produced
  • Oversee the design and operation of management systems and operating procedures for the implementation of project activities
  • Lead, monitor and guide the teams/team leaders carrying out the work; assign and delegate responsibilities as appropriate
  • Supervise institutional sub-agreements with assistance from the Abt Senior Management Team
  • Lead the project annual work planning, and ensure that quality operational plans, budgets, and reports are submitted as per contract agreements
  • Provide regular status and progress reports to USAID and Abt Associates
  • Coordinate with the Country Manager and Contract Administrator to assure that all managerial and administrative matters are communicated and actions comply with the provisions of the contract and with USAID
  • Ensure that project budget projections, expenditure, tracking and reporting are in accordance with USAID requirements, procedures and practices
  • Develop documentation processes and capabilities to ensure documentation and dissemination of project results/activities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Ministry of Health (particularly VAAC), VSS, and other Vietnamese stakeholders at national and provincial level. Maintain active partnerships and communication with development partners, USAID implementers and other relevant stakeholders

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s Degree (minimum), or a Doctorate (desirable), in Public Health, Health Economics, Management, Medicine, Health Administration, or other relevant field
  • 10+ (15+ desirable) years of relevant professional experience in managing progressively complex health programs. Experience in managing USAID programs is highly preferred, experience in South East Asia desirable
  • The COP is expected to have the strategic vision, leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program description
  • Proven track record of working effectively with government counterparts at various levels, ideally in South East Asia. Experience in Vietnam is highly preferred
  • Must exhibit effective personnel management, coordination, and decision-making skills along with an ability to troubleshoot
  • Experience implementing complex and multi-faceted projects is required, with demonstrated skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities
  • Substantial developing country context experience, combining health systems strengthening and broad competencies in HIV/AIDS
  • 5 years of demonstrated excellence in a senior level management and leadership position, preferably in an international health development context; previous experience as a Chief of Party is preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership in management skills and ability to lead and motivate multidisciplinary, multicultural teams
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with USAID, ministry officials, and other development partners and a proven track record of interacting with other projects, high-level host country governments and international agencies
  • Experience developing and communicating a project vision, aligning key stakeholders around the vision, and assuring the vision is translated into an efficiently implemented program
  • Experience in agenda setting, coordination, obtaining support for information systems design and carrying-out implementation
  • A proven, successful record of achieving results, preferably in a difficult and politically challenging working environment
  • Fluency in English is required

This offer is contingent upon award.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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