Chief of Party - Niger

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 August 2018

Job Description

Project Overview
This anticipated 5-year USAID-funded activity will contribute directly to the overarching goals of RISE II Integrated Health Services Delivery (HSD) by improving access to quality health services and strengthening ownership and management of health services by communities, in partnership with citizens, local government, and service providers in Burkina Faso and Niger. The activity seeks to build off of the successes of RISE I and incorporate key lessons learned to achieve greater impacts on health, family planning and nutrition outcomes and enhance the sustainability of institutions and programs.

Specific Responsibilities
URC is currently seeking a qualified Chief of Party (COP) to provide management oversight through provision of vision, direction, and technical implementation of RISE II HSD Activity. The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID and Governments of Niger and Burkina Faso, and technical partners in two targeted countries: Burkina Faso and Niger.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic leadership and vision in the development and implementation of strategies and approaches aimed to support the MOH efforts to strengthen resilience in the health sector.
  • Provide administrative, programmatic, and managerial oversight to all aspects of the program to ensure that all project activities are executed in line with and meet USAID performance standards.
  • Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor the implementation of projects, including progress toward achieving objectives and benchmarks with high-quality and on-time performance.
  • Ensure technical capacity of staff and provide technical assistance and backstopping when required.
  • Recruit and supervise staff to meet evolving program demands; provide technical assistance, mentoring and skills building to local staff and key local counterparts.
  • Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with USAID, Niger and Burkina Faso Ministries of Health, and all other stakeholders, including research institutes, implementing and collaborating partners.
  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned.
  • Ensure timely, high-quality, and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, M&E reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by USAID.
  • Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with URC standard operating procedures, USAID policies and regulations, and national policies and laws.
  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of staff.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in international development, business or regulatory affairs championing change and innovations, preferably including experience managing/leading health projects. Francophone West or Central African experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, managing, and implementing large international development projects with similar depth and complexity.
  • Demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners.
  • Significant experience with USG- or USAID-funded activities or other internationally funded activities.
  • Previous COP/Project Director or Deputy COP experience or equivalent senior management experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and French, including evidence of quality report writing and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with quality products.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish productive relationships with senior government officials, the business community, civil society, and international donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and mentor/coach direct reports.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, with excellent MS Word and Excel skills.

Please note: these positions are contingent upon securing award.

About the Organization

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods and conducting operations research to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers unique to each setting, we train local managers and service providers to strengthen health systems, integrate system elements, and bring improvements to scale.

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at

You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

Position is Contingent upon Award

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