Chief of Party, USAID/Burkina Faso Integrated Health Services (IHS) Activity
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Project Overview and Role:
The Chief of Party is a full-time position for an upcoming award in Burkina Faso that seeks to contribute to the Government of Burkina Faso’s overarching goal of improving the health and well-being of the Burkinabe population. This includes reducing the burden of malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and strengthening the national health system to ensure that it is prepared for effective prevention, detection and response to public health threats under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) programs. It will improve the health of women, adolescents, newborns and children’s health through increased access and utilization of family planning, maternal, neonatal, nutrition, adolescent and child health and reinforce high impact interventions including service delivery, social behavior change communication, commodities; supply chain management, and strengthening of the community health system. The Chief of Party (COP) shall provide overall leadership, program management and oversight, and serve as principal liaison to USAID and the Ministry of Health (MOH).
This position will be based in Ouagadougou and is contingent upon contract award to Palladium.
Reports to: Project Director
Duration: 5 years
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provides overall leadership, strategic guidance, vision, and management to staff and the overall project team, including staff, consultants, and partner organizations.
- Establishes quality control standards in-line with the country, USAID and Palladium’s standards.
- Ensures the strategic and functional integration of all technical areas as well as strong collaboration with donors, other implementing partners, and counterparts
- Coordinates with other local USAID representatives, USG projects, as well as other development partners to ensure collaboration, integrated approach, and complementarity of the interventions to add value to the service delivery improvement and health systems strengthening.
- Serve as the project’s primary point of contact with USAID, other implementing partners, MOH, and other stakeholders; ensure alignment and harmonization with other programming where appropriate, including public/private sector partnerships.
- Oversee budget implementation and financial management, working closely with the deputy chief of party and finance and director; ensure the project’s preparedness for USAID audit.
- Is responsible for meeting contractual obligations, producing deliverables and targets, and achieving project results as specified by USAID.
- Oversees project planning, contributes technical expertise as necessary to ensure Burkina Faso Integrated Health Services (IHS) implementation, with a focus on results and financial accountability for all project activities.
- Provides strategic vision on program sustainability and resilience.
- Leads and advises on best governance principles, including ownership, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, integrity, and ethical standards.
- Balances the interests of various stakeholders and supports participatory governance through multisectoral partnerships.
- Ensure interventions reflect high technical quality and are in line with the project’s scope of work.
- Communicates/works with health sector leaders in Burkina Faso, including MOH, subnational health sector leaders, and key stakeholders at the national level.
- Lead and manage staff professional development to build their capacity and strengthen competency and professional development.
- Represents the project to USAID, senior policymakers, and in professional and donor forums.
- Fluent writing, reporting, and presentational skills in French and English.
- Professional experience in at two or more of the following areas: reproductive health, family planning, maternal and neonatal health, child health, nutrition, or malaria; with significant experience in project management and service delivery.
- Context working with bilateral donors and multi-sector stakeholders, USAID experience required.
- Experience in a senior management role for a complex health development program.
- Experience successfully supervising technical and professional staff.
- Experience working in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs).
- Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills required.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.
- Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial, and evaluative skills.
- Knowledge of project management methodology.
- Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.
- Ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands.
- Must be willing to live and travel within Burkina Faso.
- Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations.
- Fluency in English and French
Nationals are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a CV and Cover Letter in English by August 15th