Chief of Party

March 25, 2024

Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    March 25, 2024
  • Expiration date
    March 31, 2024
  • Experience
    10 Years +
  • Gender
  • Qualification
    Master’s Degree
  • Organization
    Project HOPE seeks
  • Required Languages

Job Description


Chief of Party

Sierra Leone Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA)

Project HOPE seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated upcoming Sierra Leone Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA). The 5-year Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA)’s goal is to contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s overarching goal of improving the health of adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, and children less than five years old. SIHSA’s objectives are 1) improve the quality of family planning, maternal newborn child and adolescent health, and malaria services sustainably; 2) promote adoption of crucial health behaviors, and 3) strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels, so it is better prepared to plan, budget, allocate resources and monitor health programs. SIHSA seeks to promote the integration of health services, including malaria services, to rapidly scale-up evidence-based interventions to address preventable causes of maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent morbidities and mortality. 

SIHSA seeks to demonstrate innovative models to catalyze community-driven solutions and show models to promote private sector engagement. SIHSA seeks to build upon past and current U.S Government investments and leverage other development partner investments for improved health, including the World Bank, FCDO, and Global Fund investments.

This position will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Sierra Leonean Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Position Summary:

The COP will provide vision, leadership, and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of the project. They will be responsible for the overall program leadership, management, and technical direction of staff and project activities. They will serve as key liaison with USAID, government, and local partners. They will manage and supervise the work of program personnel and subcontractors/subgrantees and ensure that all program assistance is technically sound and appropriate. They oversee program work planning, performance management, and strategic communication.  

Code of Conduct 

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to treat each other with respect, take affirmative steps to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse and Trafficking in Persons, and to disclose all potential and actual violations of our Code of Conduct, which may include Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption, Discrimination or Harassment.  Together we can reinforce a culture of respect, integrity, accountability, and transparency. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide overall direction, leadership, and management of the project to ensure seamless program implementation and ensure project technical assistance is high quality, technically sound, and appropriate.
  • Ensure quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the contract, including necessary adjustments to operations to match USAID requirements.
  • Oversee strategic work planning, performance management, strategic communications, contractual and budgetary aspects of program management, and timely preparation of the annual implementation plan and country-specific buy-ins.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the client, manage productive working relations with relevant government counterparts and entities, and maintain effective coordination with other donor and international organizations’ activities and programs in the economic growth sector.
  • Establish an inclusive office environment that encourages integrity, honesty, open communications, and commitment to compliance with local laws, USAID rules and regulations, and Project HOPE policies and procedures.
  • Supervise technical and administrative project staff, consultants, and partner organizations to achieve expected results.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID, U.S. government, and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Public Health. 
  • At least 10 years of demonstrated experience managing U.S. Government–funded projects or other internationally funded programs. Previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience.  
  • Leadership skill in designing, managing, and implementing donor-supported programs and ability to manage programmatic and financial reporting requirements, including sub-grants management. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing consortiums and building capacity of local organizations. 
  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel
  • Prior work experience in Sierra Leone preferred.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and ability to sustain professional relationships. 
  • Previous experience working in Sierra Leone with understanding of local health system and solid relationships with government agencies. 
  • Fluency in English required

Work environment:  

  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.  
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation. 
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

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