We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID funded project for Northern Mali. The activity will focus at the health district level to deliver a limited package of health services through limited facility-level support to strengthen primary care for, and referral for some higher level services, the integrated management of newborn and child illness (IMNCI), basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC). The purpose of the activity is to advance Mali’s own development and health objectives by addressing quality improvement strategies in healthcare and strengthening human resources for health. The current anticipated award date for this activity is July 30, 2021. **This position is subject to project award and funding.
The Chief of Party (COP) will provide strategic, managerial, technical leadership and management oversight to the project. S/he will oversee all aspects of the project implementation cycle, including planning and evaluation, ensure program quality and personnel and financial management. S/he will maintain close coordination with USAID/Mali and other stakeholders, ensuring that all project interventions are of high quality and lead to measurable impact. S/he will be responsible for timely and adequate implementation of project activities, deliverables and execution, monitoring and reporting of the project. The COP will serve as the principal liaison to USAID/Mali for this project and will have regular communication with USAID/Mali’s Agreement Officer’s Representative. The COP will collaborate closely with all stakeholders, in particular the Mali Ministry of Health and other partners working in the same geographic areas. The COP is responsible for ensuring compliance with FHI 360 policies and procedures and USG rules and regulations and for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and quality of program implementation. The position will be based in Bamako, Mali.
- Leads the project team, technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encourages effective teamwork;
- Oversees a team of senior technical, operations, compliance and finance staff and ensures clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members;
- Supervises key staff, including ensuring field staff regularly prepare and accurately update performance data;
- Provides guidance and mentoring to managers and staff to achieve project goals and develop national leadership capacity.
- Ensures compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and FHI 360 policies and procedures;
- Reviews and approves contractual deliverables to meet USAID and corporate reporting requirements that document program performance and monitor overall award compliance;
- Leads preparation of project deliverables, including annual work-plans and project activity updates, and other project-related communication and reporting materials in accordance with USAID deadlines;
- Provides overall financial oversight of the budget over the life of the project;
- Collaborates with and directly act upon inputs from FHI 360’s contracts management team to ensure continuous compliance of all consortium members with agreement/contract rules and regulations;
- Organizes project teams and oversee production of SOPs to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies.
External Relations and Representation
- Liaises with USAID/Mali, local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector companies and investors, and other partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements;
- Liaises with USG partners and other donors and implementing agencies to ensure coordination of and synergy with other USAID/Mali health activities;
- Builds strong strategic partnerships with a wide group of stakeholders required to achieve project goals, including local civil society and the private sector
- Represents the project at regional, national and international fora, including technical and investment conferences, policy briefings, networking events, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree required; however a Master’s degree or equivalent is strongly preferred in public health or any field relevant to integrated management of newborn and child illness (IMNCI), basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC);
- At least 10+ years of professional experience in the integrated management of newborn and child illness (IMNCI), basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC);
- At least 5 years of experience as a Chief of Party, or equivalent, managing and implementing high-volume USAID or other donor-funded health projects in complex settings, with specific experience working with government counterparts, international donors, and local organizations to strengthen the health sector;
- Proven experience working with government officials, particularly the Ministry of Health is highly desirable;
- Prior experience in working in Mali and/or knowledge of the Malian health sector;
- Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects;
- Experience supervising a team of technical staff;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French; knowledge of Bambara or any Malian local languages will be an advantage.
This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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