Deputy Chief of Party/ Country Project Director, Niger

Apply by 29 September 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 31 July 2018

Job Description


Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party/Country Project Director for Niger for an anticipated USAID-funded 5-year regional integrated health service delivery activity in Niger and Burkina Faso. The objective of the activity will be to improve the access and quality of high impact maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, family planning, and nutrition services at the community, primary health facility, and referral facility level in targeted fragile regions.

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 40 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia, and Medford, Massachusetts, US headquarters, our staff from more than 70 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission 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.

Position contingent upon project award and funding.


The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/ Country Project Director, Niger is responsible for leading and managing all activities for the project in Niger. S/he shall be responsible and accountable for the development, regular update and implementation of the country work plan and budget to ensure attainment of the program goals and objectives in line with the regional project mandate and approaches, to contribute to the goals of the USG Mission and that of government partners. S/he is the primary liaison between the project and the local USAID Coordinator/US State Government Health Officer, government counterparts, stakeholders, and partners involved with technical activities and/or implementing related programs in the country. The DCOP/ Country Project Director, Niger is accountable for the management of the Niger office, provides strategic and technical guidance and works closely with the Chief of Party, the project team based in Burkina Faso and MSH home office technical and operational staff.


Vision, Technical Strategy, and Results

  1. Develop and manage the Results Framework, Performance Monitoring Plan, Technical Strategy, annual project work plans, technical assistance plan and budget for the project’s technical assistance in the country.
  2. Provides oversight for the implementation of the country’s technical activities at all relevant levels of the health system, ensuring that all activities are adequately implemented in a timely fashion and that they meet the expectations of clients, partners and other stakeholders.
  3. Facilitate the identification and provision of required short-term technical assistance in support to program activities.
  4. Maintain close interaction with the Chief of Party and the home office to ensure adequate support to the country program, technical coherence between the two countries, completion of work and the achievement of targets in a timely fashion and within budget.

Documentation, Communication, and Client Relations

  1. Ensure appropriate and timely documentation and dissemination of key results and deliverables from Niger for maximum project impact using a variety of communication strategies and media.
  2. Maintain verbal and written communications with the local USG team and represent the program in meetings with external partners including the USAID Mission as well as other donors and partners implementing health activities, and ensuring identification and coordination of maternal, newborn, child health, youth, gender and family planning priorities in support of national and USAID priorities.
  3. Ensure the development of high quality inputs from Niger for quarterly and annual progress reports, financial reports and other reports.
  4. Build and maintain strong working relations with key internal and external stakeholders, beneficiaries, subcontractors, suppliers and partners.
  5. Seek out new and strategic partnerships in the public and private sectors to advance program objectives and promote innovation.

Project Management

  1. Manage the operations of the Niger country office and sub-offices and serve as a liaison with the home office to ensure that logistics, contracts, letters of agreement, and any approvals are adequately in place in support of program activities. Also, ensure adherence to MSH office management and accounting procedures.
  2. Ensure implementation of activities in compliance with MSH and USAID policies, regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  3. Ensure project staffing, structure and reporting relationships are aligned with country needs, local context and available resources.
  4. Manage human resources as per MSH values, policies and guidelines, and implement an effective performance-management program focusing on results.
  5. Work with other MSH staff to ensure the safety and security of project staff.
Qualifications and Experience
  1. MPH or master’s level degree in related field.
  2. 8+yrs of progressively responsible, related experience is required.
  3. Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in technical content relevant to the project, specifically reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition.
  4. Demonstrated leadership and management abilities.
  5. Prior experience and success directing similar international donor-funded projects, particularly in fragile environments.
  6. Demonstrated strategic planning and visioning skills.
  7. Familiarity with USAID regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
  8. Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
  9. Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  10. 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, CAs, and donor organizations.
  11. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  12. Fluency in English and French 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
    • Tuberculosis
    • 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.

Pharmaceutical Management

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.

Health Information

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.

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