Chief of Party Zambia: HIV Prevention Activity

  • Executive-level
  • Posted on 30 July 2020
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Closing on 29 August 2020
  • Proposal

Job Description

FHI 360 is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) to lead a USAID/Zambia HIV Prevention project that we are pursuing. It will likely focus on community-level interventions to implement evidence-based HIV prevention services in Zambia, including priority and key populations, for five years starting in November 2020. The project is expected to ensure completed referrals and linkages to high impact biomedical prevention services as well as referrals for treatment for people living with HIV (PLHIV) at health facilities. The project will support the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as it works towards the goal of an AIDS-Free generation, in Zambia, as well as globally. The position will be based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Job Summary:

As the ultimate accountable person for the USAID/Zambia HIV Prevention project, the Chief of Party (COP) will serve as the principal liaison for the project to the donor (USAID/PEPFAR), implementing and strategic partners, government officials and FHI 360’s various offices. As the project director, s/he will lead the delivery of a complex program to increase the availability of, and to improve the quality, of HIV prevention activities as well as care and support services for the targeted beneficiaries, which include target populations and key populations (KPs).

Main Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Serve as the project’s primary point of contact for USAID/Zambia; and act as liaison between the project team and USAID/Zambia, Government of Zambia officials, the donor (USAID/PEPFAR), implementing and strategic partners, and all other relevant stakeholders and client country partners.
  • Provide overall vision, strategic direction, and thought leadership to the project team, including any subrecipients/partners.
  • Responsible for achievement of project deliverables, targets and objectives as well as both timely and quality reporting on progress and results.
  • Ensure that the project remains on track in terms of implementation against the workplan, spending against the budget, and results against targets and overall objectives.
  • Maintain optimal use of resources, in terms of appropriate staffing, cost-effective operations, accountability for contractual requirements and regulations, and compliance with organizational policies and procedures as well as QA standards for project management.
  • Manage the project team, supervise direct reports, and coordinate performance management including accountability and incentives systems.
  • Responsible for ensuring that both Prime and Subrecipients’ award management systems and financial controls comply with generally accepted accounting practices and meet USAID’s cost principles and standards. This includes appropriate procurement, use and disposal of project resources/assets.
  • Oversee knowledge management, scientific and technical leadership efforts, and the documentation of lessons and successes of the project. This includes introducing innovative approaches, making sure that interventions are evidence-based, and providing direction for timely and appropriate project pivoting (in response to changing needs or circumstances).


  • A Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in a relevant discipline such as public health or international development. A Master’s degree and an advanced degree in a clinical or public health discipline (medicine, nursing, epidemiology) are preferred.
  • At least ten (10) years of senior-level project management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience leading successful USAID/PEPFAR-funded, NGO-led large-scale or complex HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Expertise in HIV Prevention, and specifically with Key Populations programming, is highly preferred.
  • A strong foundation in Organizational Development (OD)/Capacity Development (CD) is preferred, including experience overseeing training, mentoring/coaching and technical assistance provision to implementing partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships and to work collaboratively with host government agencies, donors, civil society and community-based organizations. Strong understanding of the Zambian stakeholders and local context is a major asset.
  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and communicate a common vision to diverse partners and foster collaboration across a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Proven ability to analyze, present and use data to inform decision-making.
Travel Requirements: 10% - 25%


This job description 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.

Hiring is contingent upon the award being granted and upon USAID’s prior approval of the proposed candidate.

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This job description 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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