Deputy Chief of Party

  • Posted on 20 March 2019
  • Afghanistan
  • Closing on 31 August 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description


Jhpiego seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to provide project and technical guidance for an upcoming USAID urban health project in Afghanistan. The $100-300 million project aims to improve health outcomes in 5 urban centers in Afghanistan with a focus on reproductive health (RH), family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), immunization, nutrition, and Tuberculosis. The project will operate over a 5-year period.

The DCOP will work closely with technical implementation teams to ensure the project is progressing towards expected results. S/he will also work with M&E staff to ensure project deliverables are monitored and course corrections are identified and implemented as appropriate. Other responsibilities will include supervising project management or operational staff, overseeing annual work planning, leading the design, implementation and reporting of project activities, and the management of projects as required. In the absence of the Chief of Party, the DCOP may be required to undertake the responsibilities of that position on a temporary basis.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Afghan nationals and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Provide day-to-day technical and programmatic oversight for design, planning and implementation of activities in support of the project goals and objectives
  • Foster relationships with local implementing partners as a representative of Jhpiego and the project
  • Facilitate the project team member’s relationship with their designated counterparts within USAID, the Ministry of Public Health, as well as private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Afghanistan such as NGOs and CSOs, to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified operational and finance staff, and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Facilitate annual work planning, in close collaboration with USAID, the Ministry of Public Health, the COP, project team and project partners
  • Contribute to the mentoring, and managing a team of highly qualified staff and aligns their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Oversee technical and programmatic capacity building for subcontractors and sub-grantees
  • Responsible for development of accurate and timely project reports to USAID in line with their reporting requirements
Required Qualifications
  • Masters, or other advanced degree in public health, health administration, public administration, business administration
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in a mid-to-senior management (project administrative and financial) position for large, complex, multi-year international donor-funded health sector development projects that have implemented successful activities in areas including health systems strengthening, RH, FP, MNCH, immunization, nutrition, and TB
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID’s projects, regulations, compliance and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to provide oversight of local capacity development efforts, including working with local partners to ensure adherence to all sub-award requirements
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in financial planning and management, human resources, and procurement, among other management support areas/functions
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of project technical and operational staff
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities
  • Previous experience working in Afghanistan, with intimate understanding of the local health system and gaps and opportunities related to RH, FP, MNCH, immunization, nutrition, and TB
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills in English and working knowledge of Pashto and/or Dari a plus.
  • Experience developing strategic plans in cooperation with others who represent a wide range of interests and needs
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical and operational capacity of staff in regional and national projects
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills

About the Organization

Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to provide high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.

Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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