Chief of Party

Location LS
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/6/2018 9:40 AM)
Job ID
Experience (Years)
International Positions


Jhpiego seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity for an anticipated U.S. government program focused on reducing HIV incidence and mitigating the impact of HIV in Lesotho. The project aims to reduce HIV incidence and mitigate the impact of HIV in Lesotho through the delivery of high-impact HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services and interventions for vulnerable and key populations. The project will operate over a five-year period.


The COP will have the overall responsibility for leadership, management and performance monitoring and reporting of project activities. S/he will be responsible for making key programmatic decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and project quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with U.S. government, on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with the host country government at all levels, and international and local partners and agencies.


This position is contingent upon award from U.S. government. Lesotho nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the HIV project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets
  • Ensure that project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the Lesotho, its people and donors
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the award
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID, the Ministry of Health, as well as other U.S. government implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Lesotho to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, 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 within HIV prevention, care, and treatment services and interventions for key populations
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with U.S. government, Ministry of Health, and 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 U.S. government operational policies and regulations

Required Qualifications

  • Masters in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred
  • Previous experience serving as Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party
  • 10+ years' experience successfully managing large, multi-partner, multi-year international health sector development projects (minimum $5M per year) that have implemented successful activities in HIV prevention, care, and treatment services and interventions for key populations
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out
  • Previous experience working in Lesotho, with intimate understanding of local health system and HIV prevention, care, and treatment services and interventions for key populations gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with U.S. government, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
  • In-depth knowledge of donor health projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination
  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff
  • Proficiency in word processing, Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally


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