This position will be responsible for all USAID/Benin/Integrated Health Services Activity (IHSA) program and technical direction, ensuring that staffing is aligned with IHSA vision, goals, and plans to achieve IHSA program results. With guidance and support of the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will coordinate the provision of technical services, harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between project program areas and units, and help coordinate and manage project implementation, following the decentralized approach and strategy, among the various field offices. S/he will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches for timely delivery of services to the clients we serve including but not limited to timely producing high quality documentation of project’s successes and lessons learned for local and international audiences, as well as quarterly reports.
1. Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight for the project and ensure the efficient implementation of project activities and the timely reporting of those activities to regional and country specific donors, and MSH headquarters.
Qualifications and Experience
2. Coordinate project liaison and collaboration with partners, donors, various USAID country missions, clients and stakeholders, including MSH headquarters. Maintain a USAID/Benin/IHS partnership that engenders trust and respect and build USAID’s confidence in MSH’s ability to get the job done.
3. Serve as a member of the Benin Leadership Team.
4. With the Director, Finance and Administration, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement.
5. Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, the achievement of personal and project goals and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed for project staff in Benin, as well as the support team members in the Home Office.
6. When appropriate, act in place of the COP.
7. Advise the COP in alignment of human resources with project work plans and emerging SOW from the donors, MSH and partners including on external sourcing of human resources and consultants.
8. The DCOP will set direction and coordinate annual workplan development, implementation, and review. S/he will ensure alignment with regional frameworks and strategies, national and donor strategies in each country – including USAID strategies. S/he will identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation creating synergies between various program areas.
9. The DCOP shall guide and coach project staff in leveraging project, non-project and community resources through the establishment and maintenance of partnerships and networks.
10. S/he will direct efforts to write concept notes and new programs to address emerging health and programming challenges identified by donors, host countries or through the work we do.
11. Contribute to a knowledge management system where the donor vision and government values permeate through our clients to reach beneficiary communities, and the learning from grassroots and countries is documented and shared to influence new programming at national and regional levels.
12. The DCOP will have specific technical expertise in the areas of Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) as well as in Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), which s/he will lead for the entire project.
1. An advanced degree at the Masters level or above in social science, public health, or other appropriate area is required.
2. 7+ years of experience in the implementation and management of international development projects, specifically, with combined experience in two or more technical areas such as LMG, HSS and MNCH.
3. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID and other donor organizations.
4. Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID projects is strongly preferred.
5. At least 5 years of supervisory experience. Must have a proven track record of building teams and fostering collaboration in order to achieve goals, meet milestones, and produce high quality written qualitative, quantitative, and narrative deliverables. Familiarity with USAID regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
6. Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
7. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
8. Fluency in French and proficiency in English required.
About the Organization
Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.
Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by
- Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
- Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
- Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.
Leadership, Governance, & Management
They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:
- the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
- the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
- the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.
Health Service Delivery
MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:
- HIV & AIDS
- Maternal, newborn, and child health
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza
Human Resources for Health
MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.
Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.
Health Care Financing
MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.
MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.
MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.