Country Director/Chief of Party

3 months ago
Job ID
International Positions


The Country Director and Chief of Party for HEMAYAT will provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of Jhpiego’s programs. This includes guiding the strategic planning, design and implementation of country programs and achievement of planned results. The Country Director works closely with the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan to streamline efforts and ensure complementarity of projects and serves as the primary point of contact for donors, stakeholders and international and local partners. The Country Director/CoP is responsible for timely and cost-effective project implementation, compliance with the laws of Afghanistan, Jhpiego policies and procedures and adherence to the program and technical standards of the organization.



Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of Jhpiego’s efforts in country
  • Develop and revise, or update as needed, the Country Strategy
  • Develop and maintain outstanding working relationships with donors and potential donors, MoPH, national and international implementing partners, and others who can help in Jhpiego’s efforts to strengthen support to the country
  • Ensure that all Jhpiego activities are in line with country priorities, and include substantial engagement of national partners
  • Engage regularly and early on with the Regional Director and Vice President of Global Programs on issues that could positively or negatively impact country operations
  • Provide technical and strategic leadership for the HEMAYAT project

Technical and Program Quality Assurance

  • Provide oversight of program activities, ensuring that the programs are technically sound, follow organizational standards and are responsive to the needs of the country
  • Ensure the quality and sustainability of all program approaches; work with program staff, partners and funders to continually improve programs to address challenges and meet needs and ensure achievement of the goals, objectives and targets of each project
  • Provide programmatic and/or technical leadership in the design, analysis, and synthesis of interventions
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to ensure M&E frameworks are developed and data/results are effectively tracked and appropriately reported

 Financial and Management Compliance

  • Ensure preparations and timely submission of all programmatic and financial reports to Jhpiego and donors
  • Ensure that Internal Control Review (ICR) and external audit findings are corrected in a timely manner
  • Ensure the program is working within available resources and that the program is fiscally sound
  • Ensure country compliance with country laws, Jhpiego policies and donor rules and regulations as well as all contractual requirements
  • Provide guidance, and take overall responsibility for ensuring accountability of subcontractors and sub-grantees
  • Oversee finance and project staff to ensure that realistic budgets are developed and expenditures tracked
  • Engage regularly and early on with the Regional Director and/or relevant HQ officers regarding any irregularities in financial management or compliance

Human Resource Management

  • Develop a strategy for identifying, recruiting and building the skills of highly qualified and experienced staff, strategically linked to Jhpiego’s medium and long-term plans for growth in country
  • Develop a strategy for progressively building the leadership and management skills of the in-country senior management team
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Conduct annual staff evaluations and support professional development for staff
  • Align team members’ efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Revise staffing strategies to meet the changing needs of the country office

New Program Development

  • Lead intensive efforts to develop new business/program opportunities; this will include identifying and developing opportunities; leading program design efforts; and identifying and coordinating proposal development teams
  • Work closely with Jhpiego’s home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated responses to new program opportunities

External Relations and Communications

  • Represent Jhpiego’s interests and present progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors and other key stakeholders in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Lead by example in communicating Jhpiego key messages to external audiences and complies with Jhpiego standards for submission of communication deliverables
  • Lead the development of a country communication strategy and develop end mentor in-country staff (communications liaison) who delivers at least 3 communications pieces (success stories, high profile events with stakeholders and photo assets) annually to Global Engagement and Communications Office (GECO) for use in Jhpiego newsletter, corporate website and social media
  • Build the capacity of staff to serve as Jhpiego public spokespersons on intervention areas


Required Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in public health, health administration, public administration, business administration or related degree
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible international public health management experience including design, implementation, monitor, reporting, and financial management
  • Demonstrated ability to manage donor funded public health projects and budgets
  • Experience developing successful, replicable and sustainable projects in Afghanistan
  • Proven leadership skills and expertise in strategic program planning, implementation and management
  • Proven experience in leading highly skilled and qualified program, technical and administrative and finance personnel
  • Ability to build capacity and collaboration between governmental and non-governmental partners and other project implementers
  • Understanding of United States Government donor’s regulations and compliance, reporting requirements, and health strategic framework
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations worldwide
  • Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence
  • Strong new program development skills, including proposal management and writing as well as negotiating with partner organizations
  • Strong project management skills with experience using program management tools (Gantt charts, stakeholder matrix, work breakdown structure, issues logs, project charters, etc.)
  • Extensive knowledge of the international health program development field
  • Experience working within the Afghanistan health system preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a complex environment charged with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Technical knowledge in one or more of Jhpiego’s core competencies
  • A team player accustomed to building team capacity, delegating working teams, and developing communities of learning among host country partners and counterparts


Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package

Please apply at

Applicants must submit a single document for upload to include: cover letter, resume, references, and salary history.

For further information about Jhpiego, visit our website at

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

Jhpiego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer



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