Chief of Party

Jhpiego Published: February 3, 2017
Kampala, Uganda
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The Chief of Party (COP) will provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity to a national family planning program in Uganda. The COP will develop, maintain, strengthen and expand a collaborative approach with multiple project partners and Ugandan Ministry of Health. The COP is responsible for achieving the planned results set out for the program and will serve as the primary point of contact with the USAID, local Ugandan counterparts and partner institutions. The COP is responsible for overall program management and guidance to team members. The COP will provide technical and management oversight, supervision of key technical and management staff and program partners, including short or long-term technical staff and advisors, and develop relationships with country partners. The COP will formulate and direct work plans, build team capacity, and monitor and evaluate team performance. This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Ugandan nationals strongly encouraged to apply



  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of a family planning program and to achieve rapid and sustained project goals, objectives and targets
  • Ensure that program is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of Uganda, its people and donors
  • Ensure compliance with the program agreement results and the oversight of program activities to achieve the stated objectives
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships and alliances with USG donors, the Ugandan Ministry of Health as well as other USG implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Uganda to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort
  • Represent Jhpiego’s interests and present progress, achievements and lessons learned to key Ugandan stakeholders including USAID and implementing partners in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Provide technical leadership in the design, analysis, and synthesis of interventions
  • Ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions particularly in the areas of family planning, including capacity building of providers, demand generation and reaching youth
  • Advise Ugandan counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant technical advisory groups with counterparts and partner institutions
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USG entities, Ugandan Ministry of Health, project team and project partners
  • 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 key staff specialists, to subcontractors and subgrantees and coordinate activities with other agencies
  • Write and/or review technical components of materials and publications related to integrated health and its development
  • Ensure resources for program implementation are available
  • 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 USG operational policies and regulations

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred
  • 10+ years’ progressive project management experience of which at least half is in a senior management position in large, multi-year international health sector development programs (approximately $6M per year) and half of which have been in programs solely focused on or including sexual reproductive health and family planning
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with USG missions, host-country counterparts including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations, the private sector and other donors.
  • In-depth knowledge of USG-funded programs, regulations, compliance and reporting; ten years as a senior manager on USG programs
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building and representational skills.
  • Management, training or clinical background in sexual reproductive health
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities; experience using the collaborating learning and adapting approach preferred
  • Previous experience working in Uganda, with intimate understanding of local health system and sexual reproductive health and family planning service gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to travel nationally
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