Work Location: International
Other Possible Locations: Lusaka and rural Zambia
Expected Travel: up to 30%
Language Requirement: Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in English
Employee Duration: Active Full-Time
Type of Post: Accompanied - Family
Application Deadline: 2/13/15

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backgrounds and experiences, particularly women, to apply. 

CARE USA is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


*CARE encourages Zambian nationals and international candidates to apply.

CARE Zambia seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to support an upcoming, USAID-funded, project titled “Increasing Citizen Demand for Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery in the Health Sector through Enhanced Community-Based Monitoring”.

The project will seek to mobilize communities and increase their engagement in monitoring the delivery of health services. Proposed activities will include enhancing citizens’ action predicated on basic facts about utilization and quality of services collected from the communities themselves. It will include improving upon, or developing, community-based monitoring tools such as report cards, social contracts, and action plans. This component will seek to strengthen existing local governance social structures, such as neighborhood health committees, health advisory committees, and/or safe-motherhood action groups. Health service providers under the Ministry of Community Development, Mother, and Child Health will also be involved to improve and strengthen their engagement with community members.

The successful candidate will provide the project with overall vision, leadership and guidance – internally with project staff and externally with USAID, host governments, other donors and stakeholders.  Moreover, the COP will assume principal responsibility for overall project management and technical operations to ensure project tasks are completed and objectives met. S/he will lead the team, serving as the primary point of contact with USAID/Washington and with the Mission.  Finally, the COP will manage the preparation and presentation of all proposed implementation plans and reports.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan;
  • Guiding team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives;
  • Reporting against the project’s baseline targets;
  • Managing the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities;
  • Building partnerships among national- and community-level actors;
  • Functioning as the primary liaison between all project stakeholders;
  • Creating management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs;
  • Designing and overseeing an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycle;
  • With staff and partners, translating project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans;
  • Directing the planning and budgeting processes;
  • Preparing quarterly and annual project activity reports, as specified in the contract;
  • Maintaining internal control;
  • Supervising the performance of all long- and short-term advisors, consultants, and staff;
  • Clarifying roles, delegating responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicating expectations for staff contribution to project activities;
  • Supervising project staff and partners in identifying the project’s technical assistance needs, developing suitable scopes of work, recruiting consultants, and executing technical assistance contracts; and
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with USAID clients, project partners, and key counterparts.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience successfully leading and managing health sector programs in Southern Africa;
  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related field required – advanced degree optimal;
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, donors, UN agencies, other USAID projects, local organizations, and partners;
  • Experience in programs promoting community-based monitoring or social accountability in health, and/or in strengthening local health governance structures;
  • Demonstrated experience managing USAID contracts or cooperative agreements;
  • Ability to successfully recruit, train, develop, and manage staff;
  • Ability to manage agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements;
  • Ability to perform internal control functions to manage project operations; and
  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in English required.

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