Chief of Party, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP)

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Save the Children
Apply by 24 December 2012
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 1 October 2012

Job Description

The Chief of Party, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Mali is responsible for the overall strategic direction and technical and managerial oversight for the program. S/he will oversee the administration of the program, will deploy all financial, technical, and human resources, and will manage and supervise the implementation of all agreed -upon strategies and plans. Critical to the position’s success is the COP’s ability to be a leader and to motivate colleagues to a high level of performance. The COP is responsible for maintaining the morale and effectiveness of the MCHIP/Mali staff and ensuring that USAID/Mali’s goals for the MCHIP program are met.


  • Provide programmatic leadership and set priorities for programs in collaboration with the technical teams both in-country and at HQ.
  • Ensure that project activities are technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the needs of the country and USAID.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships with USAID, global and regional institutions, private sector entities, government ministries (as allowable), and other stakeholders for the smooth implementation of program activities, including but not limited to:
    • Facilitating and ensuring positive relationships between the MCHIP/Mali team and the multi-lateral and bi-lateral partners currently implementing in Mali;
    • Meeting on a regular basis with USAID/Mali Project Manager and attending US government meetings as requested by USAID/Mali.
  • Mentor, support, supervise, and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts with program goals.
  • Represent MCHIP in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations.
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis, and reporting of program outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, and ensure incorporation of lessons-learned into ongoing activity tasks.
  • Facilitate the development of annual workplans and budgets prior to their submission to MCHIP headquarters and USAID/Mali.
  • Manage and authorize all MCHIP/Mali -related work, including staff travel, scheduling of activities and use of budget (in close consultation with finance and administration staff and the headquarters Country Support Team).
  • Directly supervise the key technical team members, including the Family Planning/Maternal Health Advisor, Newborn Health Advisor, Child Health/Community Advisor, and M&E Manager. The COP also supervises the Kayes Regional Coordinator (based in Kayes) and the finance/admin team in Bamako.
  • Ensure the timeliness and quality of all reports and meet all reporting requirements.
  • Liaise with the headquarters-based Senior Program Officer on a regular basis to review program implementation and discuss any program management issues.
  • Coordination and collaboration with Save the Children’s emergency response programs in Kayes.
  • Other duties as assigned by Save the Children and MCHIP Country Support Manager.


  • Public health professional with advanced degree (MPH, PhD or DrPH) or equivalent combination/blend of training and experience
  • At least 10 years of direct experience in MNCH/FP policy development, program planning, implementation and/or evaluation in a developing country setting
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex, multi-intervention health development programs in collaboration with national health ministries and international partners
  • Familiarity with the MNCH/FP interventions that will be the focus of this project
  • Prior experience working with Mali’s public health system
  • Proven ability to develop highly effective teams of public health professionals and a supportive and empowering management style
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with a culturally and linguistically diverse team of staff, consultants and counterparts
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • English and French fluency (verbal and written) required
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally
  • Commitment to producing high quality project deliverables on time and under budget

Qualified Malian nationals and international candidates are encouraged to apply.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In 2010, we improved the lives of over 64 million children in need in the United States and around the world. Our goal is to reach more than 74 million children annually by the year 2012. Join our dedicated and diverse staff committed to improving the well-being of children.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more.

Save the Children provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

About the Organization

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.