Deputy Chief of Party - Mali Health Program

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 May 2019

Job Description

IMA World Health is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded integrated health project in Mali. The project will support the Ministry of Health in scaling up high impact maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition services in an effort to improve health and nutrition outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under 5. The project will build the capacity and commitment of Malians to achieve sustained improvements in the health status of Malians through the following results: 1) Access to high-quality health services expanded; 2) Demand for and use of health services increased; and 3) Individual and household adoption of healthy behaviors increased.

The Deputy Chief of Party, to be based in Bamako, Mali, will provide leadership to the technical and programmatic implementation of the program. This position will oversee the program and M&E teams, lead project reporting and documentation efforts, while ensuring cost effectiveness and compliance with USAID resources. S/he will support the Chief of Party and liaise regularly with key stakeholders representing the program, including assigned USAID in-country technical advisors and other staff, Government of Mali, relevant Ministry stakeholders, and to civil society networks. This position reports directly to the IMA Chief of Party.


  • Coordinate with the Chief of Party in management of the technical components, providing programmatic leadership and overseeing the strategic planning of activities in support of the project goals and objectives, including the determination of project priorities and appropriate technical initiatives.
  • Oversee quality and timely reporting in line with donor requirements according to the contract/award agreement; and ensure results-oriented technical components.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and determine corrective action needed to improve goal achievement.
  • Oversee implementing partners and advise on technical issues.
  • Ensure strong working relationships with implementing & technical partners, the Ministry of Health and USAID.
  • Serve as IMA’s representative to USAID, the Mali government, other donors and multinationals, technical agencies and other participating organizations on behalf of the project.
  • Support development and monitoring of technical work plans and budget.
  • Identify lessons learned and best practices for external dissemination.
  • Ensure programmatic compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
  • Work closely with HQ staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation.
  • Supervise the technical lead team to ensure program activities maximize project objectives.
  • Ensure visibility of program results, achievements and lessons learned through presentations at conferences and workshops and/or publishing articles through professional journals.

The position requires a competent and experienced person with the following attributes:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in public health, health communication, social sciences, or a closely related field is required; a medical doctor is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 7 years managing and implementing similar donor-funded projects with a strong preference for experience and familiarity with USAID programming and priorities, preferably in a senior leadership role.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, data review for production of project reporting.
  • Experience implementing in one or more of the program technical areas: health system strengthening, health financing and governance, maternal and child health with an emphasis on nutrition, reproductive health, family planning, and/or malaria.
  • Experience overseeing sub-awardees/sub-contractors to achieve program results; familiarity and expertise in overseeing the financial and contractual management aspects of program management.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working with development programming in contexts similar to Mali; experience working in West Africa and particularly Mali will be strongly preferred.
  • A thorough understanding of the underlying causes of ill health and social determinants of health (particularly in Mali) will be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in concert with team, partner organizations, and key government stakeholders to achieve results; experience in partnership building especially with the Government of Mali, USAID, NGOs and private sector a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (including in making presentations); high degree of political savvy in interacting with senior government and civil society stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and spoken French and English.
  • Malian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

IMA World Health is a non-profit, faith-based organization that that offers extensive expertise implementing programs to address integrated health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases, malaria, HIV, non-communicable diseases, and sexual and gender based violence programs in some of the most challenging and post-conflict settings throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. IMA maintains a diverse and complex funding portfolio made up of both grants and contracts that support program services across those countries and totals approximately $100 million annually.

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