Deputy Chief of Party - Zambia

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 January 2019

Job Description

Project Overview

This anticipated five-year USAID funded Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH&N) Continuum of Care (CoC) Activity will continue to assist the Government of Zambia and their Ministry of Health with improving the health of mothers and children by improving the capacity to deliver quality services, strengthening health systems at national and subnational levels, and improving the capacity to engage with communities for health. The Activity will focus on providing quality health services as close to the community as possible in four provinces of Zambia (Luapula, Muchinga, Southern, and Eastern) through implementation of high impact interventions that save lives.

Specific responsibilities:

URC is currently seeking a qualified Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to be responsible for coordinating the various technical experts and align them to all program activities for the anticipated Activity.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical direction, as delegated by the COP, for one or more technical components of the project.
  • Assist in the coordination of project implementation, including detailed monthly and quarterly work planning, capacity building, and monitoring.
  • Ensure administrative, financial, and human resource needs to fulfill scope of project implementation.
  • Supervise technical and administrative staff as well as short-term technical experts to support the project scope across multiple provincial locations.
  • Apply adaptive management approaches to improve overall project performance and ensure project activities are geared to meet the intended outcomes.
  • Support COP in compiling, editing, and formatting all project deliverables.
  • Ensure achievement of project results, with delivery of quality technical assistance that is maintained at the highest standards and documentation of project results shared routinely with key stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with USAID, government counterparts, and all other stakeholders, including other donors and cooperating partners.
  • Assume overall leadership in the absence of the COP.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in public health, health administration, social sciences, or a related field.
  • At least 7 years of progressive experience in one of the Activity’s core areas of reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent health, and/or nutrition.
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity to build and lead technical teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with USG-funded projects or other donor-funded projects with similar depth and complexity.
  • Experience working in Zambia and/or in contexts with similar needs in sub-Saharan Africa preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including evidence of quality report writing and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with quality products.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and mentor/coach direct reports.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, with excellent MS Word and Excel skills.

Please note: this position is contingent upon securing award.

About the Organization

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods and conducting operations research to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers unique to each setting, we train local managers and service providers to strengthen health systems, integrate system elements, and bring improvements to scale.

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at

You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

Position is Contingent upon Award

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