Chief of Party/Project Director

Posted Date 4 months ago(1/24/2024 11:29 AM)
Job ID
International Positions
Employment Status
Contingent Upon Award


The Chief of Party provides vision, leadership, and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity for an upcoming USAID-funded Sustaining Epidemic Control through Unified Prevention in Lesotho (SECURE) project in Lesotho.  The project aims to close gaps to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control through unified approaches to prevention and strengthened community systems.  The project will improve uptake of combination HIV prevention services, improve effective coverage of non-discriminatory, person-centered, integrated services, and bolster resilient community systems that sustain quality HIV prevention services. The project will operate over a 5-year period.


The Chief of Party will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management and reporting of project activities.  Will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and project quality and integrity. The Chief of Party will serve as the project’s main point of contact with USAID on routine and strategic matters. The Chief of Party will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with the government of Lesotho and key stakeholders at all levels. 


This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Lesotho nationals 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 targets
  • Ensure the project is technically sound, evidence-based, and responsive to the needs of countries, their people, and donors
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the award
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID, Ministry of Health as well as private sector partners, local organizations, community-based organizations, 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 the project team to build capacity in the health systems strengthening areas of HIV biomedical prevention services (VMMC, PrEP, HTS, PEP, ART for KP, etc.)
  • Lead the work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, Ministry of Health, key stakeholders, 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

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in public health or a related field;
  • 10+ years' experience successfully managing large, multi-partner, multi-year international health sector development projects that have implemented successful activities in HIV prevention and care.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out
  • Previous experience working in Lesotho with an intimate understanding of the local health system and gaps and opportunities in VMMC, PrEP, human rights-based HIV programming, and service delivery for key populations.
  • Previous experience serving as COP/project director or DCOP or senior-level management
  • 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 USAID, host-country counterparts, and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs and CSOs
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID regulations, compliance, and reporting requirements
  • 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
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally



This role is exclusively open to candidates who are already located in any of the countries where Jhpiego currently operates

Total compensation will be based on the country of hire and Jhpiego’s local compensation plan.


Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

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

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


Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Jhpiego promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans.


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