Summary: Pathfinder is seeking a Chief of Party to provide overall strategic leadership and oversight for an upcoming USAID-funded project in Cote d’Ivoire focused on Malaria, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Family Planning (FP).
The Chief of Party (COP) is expected to bring forth the strategic vision and leadership to ensure successful implementation. The COP will have overall responsibility for management, operations and coordination of all Project activities. S/he should have effective leadership and strategic planning skills, excellent management experience, outstanding interpersonal skills, expertise in public health management in Cote d’Ivoire or in West Africa, and strong written and oral communication skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program description. They will have principal representational responsibility to USAID and others. S/he will also have experience interacting with local governments, international organizations, other development projects and Chiefs of Party, and other key stakeholders.
Please Note: This position is contingent upon USAID’s approval, project award and funding.
Key Job Outcomes:
- Provides strategic direction of all project activities. Develops and updates the project strategic plan, ensuring that programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with USAID priorities.
- Ensures the project achieves the greatest possible impact including providing the necessary leadership to inspire and motivate the project team to implement performance objectives and mandates in a timely and cost-efficient fashion and meet the highest quality standards and value for money.
- Ensures project compliance with USAID rules/regulations and Pathfinder SOPs, including technical guidelines pertaining to FP compliance
- Together with other members of the country leadership team, leverage non-USAID funds to support expanded program activities.
- Supervises and lead the senior management team (SMT) composed of other key personnel positions and representative from the sub-recipients
- Supervise/mentor/coach senior project staff members to reach their full leadership potential and create a culture of learning and knowledge sharing.
- Coordinate the sub-recipients, overseeing their implementation, and ensuring their capacity is built.
- Develops a framework for learning and create an organizational culture of learning and knowledge sharing.
- Oversees development of project knowledge products and communications that showcase the project’s impact and promote them broadly.
- In collaboration with the MEL Advisor provide leadership and direction to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation strategies, frameworks, plans, systems and indicators to capture and monitor/evaluate project resources, performance and results.
- Oversees the management and the planning of the security, ensuring that appropriate security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly, and adhered to by staff. Monitor the security situation and provide leadership for staff as needed
- Serves as the senior representative for the Project to USAID, host country government agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations. Cultivates and strengthens positive, productive relationships and ensures that Pathfinder is consistently viewed as an effective implementing partner achieving project targets
- Collaborates closely with senior Project staff, and with implementing agencies and their respective long-term advisors, to design and operationalize an annual project planning cycle, which formulates comprehensive, integrated annual project workplans and budgets.
- In collaboration with the Finance Director, establish and maintain the ongoing financial and grants operations, including monthly pipeline reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables.
- In coordination with the Pathfinder Contracts Officer, contract with and manage local individuals/organizations for identified tasks Including managing and directing activities of subcontractors and partners to create synergy and ensure project activities are carried out in accordance with donor and Pathfinder rules/regulations.
- Partner successfully with Pathfinder’s Program Director and Headquarters financial, technical, and operations officers by providing accurate and timely reporting, updates on the project progress, monitor quality of project implementation, and coordinate provision of relevant technical assistance based on project needs.
Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:
- Prior experience as a COP, Deputy COP or equivalent of a complex project is required.
- Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations is strongly preferred.
- Supervisory experience over multicultural teams of similar scope and size is required.
- Deep knowledge of family planning (FP) and reproductive health principles, malaria, nutrition, and MCH clinical practices and services of programs, including quality improvement, program strategies and indicators.
- Experience working in insecure or conflict-prone environments, work relief, security management, threat assessment, and in risk communication, is preferred.
- Additional training in management, leadership, strategic planning, is strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated team player with visionary leadership and decision-making authority.
- Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
- Experience in developing program work-plans, budgets, managing implementation, staff and short-term technical assistance.
- Demonstrated ability to lead a project team and achieve results.
Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Foundational knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of assigned program.
- Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
- Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Office products, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
- Analysis and Sound Judgement: Advanced analytical and trouble shooting skills. Ability to make sound judgments. Ability to improve processes, promote excellence and demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness.
- Languages: Proven ability to write and speak using local language and English language
- Communication: Advanced oral and written communication skills using different forms of media. Ability to translate complex concepts to individuals at all levels. Ability to speak across a range of technical issues that may be outside the individual’s area of expertise.
- Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Demonstrated commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
- Influencing and Customer Service Skills: Proven ability to influence using diplomacy skills with key stakeholders. In-depth demonstrated customer service skills.
- Organization, Planning and Multi-tasking: Advanced organizational and planning skills, project planning and management skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate activities.
- Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-paced environment, and ability to quickly learn new systems, processes and procedures and adapt local practices to global standards.
- Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
- Confidentiality: Proven ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related issues.
Required Education, Training and Experience:
- A Master’s degree or higher in Public Health, Business Administration, International development, or similar field from an accredited university/college is required.
- 15 years of demonstrated experience in implementing, leading, and managing development programs is required. Substantial experience in senior leadership position in Francophone West Africa is strongly preferred.
- Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English and French.
About the Organization
Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, ensure availability of safe abortion services and post-abortion care, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.
Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.