Regional Chief of Party

4 weeks ago
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Jhpiego seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to provide strategic vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity for an upcoming USAID-funded multi-country family planning (FP) project in francophone West Africa. The project goal is to increase the national percentage of public and private facilities implementing high impact practices (HIPs) for FP in four selected West African countries by: institutionalizing a system for adaptation, and replication of key FP high impact practices; leveraging and engaging domestic resources, donor support, and local communities to build sustainability and scale of selected HIPs; and institutionalizing a sustainable and self-regulating system of service quality assurance and monitoring. The project will work closely with local and national governments to prioritize this in their national plans; leveraging partnerships with regional and international organizations; and building the capacity of nongovernmental and civil society organizations. The project will operate over a five-year period. The COP will have overall responsibility for management and coordination of all project activities, staff, and leadership of the project to achieve sustainable results. S/he should have effective leadership and strategic planning skills, excellent management experience, outstanding interpersonal skills, technical expertise in public health in Africa, and strong written and oral communication skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program description. S/he will have principal responsibility for representation to USAID.


This position is contingent upon award from USAID. West African nationals, especially native French speakers, are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and expected results
  • Ensure that project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the target countries, their people and USAID and fosters enhanced capacity of Ministries of Health and other indigenous organizations and institutions.
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the award
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with project partners, host country governments, regional institutions (e.g., Ouagadougou Partnership Secretariat, WAHO), donors (including USAID), UN agencies, other donor-funded projects, local organizations/ institutions, professional associations, as well as other implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in West Africa to maximize resources and leverage and complement other efforts to increase FP uptake in the region
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to USAID, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions
  • Collaborate with project team to build capacity and respectfully challenge the status quo where necessary to improve provision of quality FP services, including integrating FP with maternal, neonatal, child health services, and services for youth and men.
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, national ministries of health, and the project team.
  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to donor
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Provide guidance, in collaboration with staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees
  • Write and/or review project materials and publications
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results
  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
  • Ensure compliance with USAID operational policies and regulations

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree or higher in Public Health, Business Administration, International development; advanced degree is a plus.
  • 15 years of demonstrated experience in implementing, leading, and managing development programs, including as COP, DCOP or equivalent is required. Substantial experience in Francophone West or Central Africa is strongly preferred. Experience with regional and/or multi-country initiatives is a plus.
  • Strong technical knowledge in FP/RH, and experience working on FP/RH service delivery programs in both the public and private sectors.
  • Intimate understanding of West African health systems and the FP/RH context and opportunities. Solid relevant professional networks in the region are highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in effective negotiation, advocacy, and building and maintaining effective partnerships and leveraging resources with development stakeholders such as host governments (including Ministries of Health), regional institutions (e.g., Ouagadougou Partnership Secretariat, WAHO), donors (including USAID), UN agencies, other donor-funded projects, local organizations/institutions, professional associations and partners.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out.
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, facilitation, communication and representational skills, including experience representing government officials, USAID, and other key stakeholders.
  • Supervisory experience over multicultural teams of similar scope and size; ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff.
  • Additional training in management, leadership, and strategic planning is stronglypreferred
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in French (3S/3R minimum) and English (4S/4R). West African local language skills are a plus.
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to travel internationally 40% of the time.


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