• Chief of Party

    Location NG
    Posted Date 2 months ago(7/7/2019 5:53 PM)
    Job ID
    International Positions
  • Overview

    Chief of Party (COP) needed to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of an upcoming USAID–funded HIV prevention, care and treatment program in Nigeria. The TMEC/RISE program is a newly-awarded 5-year, USAID-funded global HIV program that supports countries to achieve and maintain HIV epidemic control through provision of strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to improve prevention, HIV case finding and treatment programming. In Nigeria, TMEC/RISE will support the Government of Nigeria to address barriers in HIV services among at-risk adult men, women and priority populations and to build capacity of local implementing partners, continuously leveraging data to successfully course correct and achieve and maintain epidemic control. This project aims to achieve and maintain the primary prevention and 95-95-95 goals that are critical to HIV epidemic control in Nigeria. The program will also support PEPFAR’s transition of HIV service delivery to local partners, advancing progress along the journey to self-reliance.


    COP will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management of and reporting on TMEC/RISE-Nigeria program activities, making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and program quality and integrity and serving as the program’s first point of interface with USAID on routine and strategic matters.  This includes ensuring effective organizational management and communication interacting with other projects, Government of Nigeria stakeholders at the National, State, and LGA levels, community and local stakeholder groups, other international implementing partners, and USG and other agencies.


    Nigerian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.



    • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of TMEC/RISE-Nigeria, including achievement of  project goals, objectives and targets
    • Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with the TMEC/RISE-Nigeria leadership team, the TMEC/RISE Core (global) management team, implementing partners, and government entities at Federal, State, and LGA levels
    • Ensure that program is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the Nigerian government, its people and donors
    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships and alliances with USAID, the Nigerian Ministry of Health, National Agenda for the Control of AIDS (NACA), as well as other USG implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Nigeria to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
    • Establish functional routine management and oversight processes among the  TMEC/RISE-Nigeria leadership team to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation, including close oversight and direction for site-level technical assistance and service delivery
    • Ensure compliance with USAID and PEPFAR operational policies and regulations
    • Ensure timely reporting of any project challenges, adverse events, or other management issues requiring engagement with the TMEC/RISE Core (global) management team
    • In collaboration with the project program and finance team, develop the TMEC/RISE-Nigeria workplan, budget, and other deliverables; and ensure performance indicators and targets are met, as well as timely completion of activities against workplan deadlines
    • Work closely with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and to ensure timely reporting and use of program  data to improve performance
    • Ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions particularly in the areas of HIV prevention, care and treatment, including eMTCT, care and treatment and HTS
    • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, Nigerian Ministry of Health, project team and project partners
    • Participate in relevant technical advisory groups with counterparts and partner institutions
    • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results

    Required Qualifications

    • Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred.
    • Previous experience serving as COP or DCOP
    • 10+ years' experience managing large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $10M per year) that have implemented successful activities in areas of HIV prevention, care and/or treatment working with PEPFAR funding
    • Understanding of the Nigerian (or similar) social and political context and developments in the health sector
    • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving program needs
    • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID missions, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, the private sector and other donors.
    • In-depth knowledge of USAID and PEPFAR-funded projects, regulations, compliance and reporting
    • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational and team-building skills.

    Required Abilities/Skills:


    • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
    • Ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 40% time
    • Ability and willingness to learn and empower others
    • Excellent communication, public speaking, presentation skills
    • Result-oriented and comfortable with a team approach to programming
    • Strong skills and experience in all aspects of program cycle management – design and development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
    • References will be required.



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