Technical deputy chief of party

  • Posted on 25 June 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a technical deputy chief of party to be based in Kabul, Afghanistan for the anticipated multiyear, USAID-funded National Health Technical Assistance Program, intended to improve health outcomes for rural Afghan populations. The technical deputy chief of party will provide leadership across the following technical areas: 1) improving quality of maternal/newborn health, immunizations, family planning, nutrition, tuberculosis, and other primary/secondary health services; 2) increasing the access to these services; and 3) improving health systems management. Please note that this position is subject to program award. We are seeking individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide program direction and management for technical areas listed above and for central and regional technical leads
  • Create and implement a strategic vision collaboratively within a time-sensitive implementation period in a complex setting
  • Identify challenges, obstacles, and difficulties affecting the operation and effectiveness of technical activities; develop strategies to solve these problems; and work with the chief of party and USAID as needed to install and implement these strategies
  • Liaise with USAID/Afghanistan, local government institutions, civil society organizations, and other partners to coordinate activities and monitor and report program objectives and achievements
  • Ensure that all program assistance is technically sound and appropriate while remaining compliant with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and Chemonics policies and procedures
  • Serve as acting chief of party when necessary


  • Master’s degree in public health, nutrition; maternal, newborn, and child health; or other relevant field required; medical degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated experience as a deputy chief of party or equivalent in managing and implementing high-volume USAID and other donor-funded health projects in complex settings
  • Experience working directly with government counterparts, international donors, and local organizations on health service delivery and systems strengthening
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to manage large teams in culturally diverse settings
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to establish and develop working relationships and a high level of trust with public/private organizations
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, data management, and project reporting including drafting technical reports
  • Ability to work independently, in a team environment, and with a broad range of local and international personnel and partners
  • Familiarity with Afghanistan and knowledge of the Afghan health sector
  • Demonstrated experience implementing health projects in conflict/post-conflict environments
  • Demonstrated experience remotely managing health projects in transition environments
  • Demonstrated knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program startup and closeout in a constrained environment is highly preferred, but not required
  • Ability to use excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office) to implement, analyze, monitor, and manage program goals, inputs, outcomes, and achievements required
  • Demonstrated​ leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English

Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Technical Deputy Chief of Party” in the subject line to by July 15, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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