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Deputy Chief of Party, Integrated Health Project - Malawi

Lilongwe (Malawi)

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Save the Children is currently recruiting for a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) who will manage the day-to-day management and human resources for an upcoming USAID integrated health project in Malawi. This project aims to increase utilization and the quality of primary health services to reduce maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality. This includes working closely with technical implementation teams to ensure that resources are applied appropriately (e.g. human, financial and material) to undertake activities in the target districts and the M&E staff to ensure project deliverables are monitored. The DCOP will organize sessions for development of annual work plan submissions and will work collaboratively with other team members on project planning, implementation and the adjustment of project activities based on monitoring of activities at the district levels. In the absence of the Chief of Party, the DCOP may be required to undertake the responsibilities of that position on a temporary basis. This position is a key member of the senior leadership team, and will be contingent upon an award from USAID. Malawian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide day-to-day programmatic oversight for the strategic planning of activities in support of the project goals and objectives, including the determination of project priorities and appropriate technical initiatives
  • Coordinate the work of all team members to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities
  • Advise Malawian counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant advisory and/or working groups with counterparts and partner institutions
  • Provide leadership in the design of interventions to include community mobilization and engagement, ensuring that interventions are technically sound, evidence-based, include high impact practices and are sustainable
  • Represent Save the Children and the project in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • In close collaboration with the COP, coordinate and monitor all human, financial and material resources of the project to ensure successful implementation
  • Facilitate the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID Malawi, Ministry of Health, COP, project team and Technical Directors
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis and reporting of project outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in concert with project goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Provide guidance and capacity building activities in collaboration with key staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees and coordinate activities with other agencies
  • Ensure that resources for project implementation are available
  • Work with both the finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
  • Work closely with home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
  • Ensure technical compliance with USAID technical reporting requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health, health administration, international health or a related field
  • 8+ years’ project management experience (of which at least half is in a senior management position) in large, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $10M per year) that have implemented successful activities in areas such as maternal, newborn and child health, family planning/reproductive health, malaria, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health systems strengthening
  • 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, PVOs, the private sector and other donors.
  • In-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting; eight years as a senior manager on USAID projects
  • Demonstrated experience in building capacity with the public sector, civil society, and private sector.
  • Previous supervisory experience of professional staff
  • Management, training or clinical background in maternal, newborn and child health, family planning/reproductive health, or health systems strengthening
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying best practices and adapting them to project realities
  • Previous experience working in Malawi, with intimate understanding of local health system and health systems strengthening, family planning/reproductive health, and maternal, neonatal and child health care 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
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language skills; strong communications skills
  • Ability to travel nationally

Qualified candidates should apply directly through the website at: under the Careers page. Please select “Search US Jobs” and then choose location as Malawi. EOE

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Lilongwe (Malawi)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-01

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