Chief of Party, Empowerment and Inclusion
Washington D.C. (United States of America)
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Chief of Party for the Empowerment and Inclusion Support Mechanism (EISM), an anticipated umbrella solicitation and management mechanism. The purpose of the project is to support a range of management, technical, and administrative tasks to achieve and sustain progress in reaching vulnerable and marginalized populations in developing countries. The program will include two components: umbrella grant management to support activities of nongovernmental organizations that increase access to quality services by vulnerable populations; and a governance and capacity strengthening elements intended to train service providers to ensure quality in services; strengthen capacity of local implementing organizations; support legal and policy reform; evaluation, research and dissemination of findings; and support for joint planning processes, workshops, and meetings. Successes of programmatic outcomes would increasing the number of individuals reached through grant programs; risk reduction among those populations; and strengthened community capacity to support vulnerable populations. As well, the program would more generally strengthen capacities of communities, NGOs, and governments to provide services, to protect and promote the rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations, and to expand access to opportunities that support their full participation in society.
The Chief of Party provides strategic leadership and bears primary responsibility for the achievement of project technical objectives, the effective management and development of staff, and for the timely and accurate fulfillment of the administrative and reporting requirements specified in the donor contract/cooperative agreement. In addition, the Chief of Party determines the specific tactical and strategic responsibilities allocated to the Deputy Chief of Party and other members of the Project Leadership Team, facilitates a staffing structure that ensures the project team works together smoothly towards project objectives, and sustains an overall vision of success that fully engages stakeholders, project partners, and staff in the fulfillment of this vision. The Chief of Party is the official project representative for MSH and maintains communication between all relevant parties, including appropriate officials from USAID.
This position is contingent upon project award and funding.
Vision, Technical Strategy, and Results
- Ensure congruence of values, mission, strategy, structure, systems, and daily actions
- Oversee the development and implementation of strategies and work plans that focus on overall award objectives and key success factors, sustainability, feasibility, cost effectiveness, and achievement of the required results
- Ensure that all work planning is completed and all project objectives are met effectively, and in cooperation with project partner organizations and other stakeholders.
Project Management/Implementation/ Delivery of Technical Results
- Provide overall leadership of the team and direction of all technical and administrative operations under the cooperative agreement/contract. Take the lead in responding to changes in the environment and making decisions on reallocation of program resources, adjusting functional and reporting relationships as appropriate.
- Ensure the high quality, within-budget, and on-time delivery of the interim and final results required by the donor. In collaboration with the donor, partners, and key stakeholders, periodically evaluate progress towards the completion of project deliverables to verify alignment with strategic directions and defined targets.
- Ensure that the program has adequate staff to carry out high-quality work and that staff are recruited and hired in accordance with state-level, federal-level, donor and MSH requirements.
- Ensure collaboration with partners, donor, and stakeholder representatives.
- Ensure effective contract/agreement implementation in strict compliance with contract/agreement clauses, MSH and donor policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Cultivate, manage, and strengthen positive, productive relationships with USAID, partners, government counterparts and other cooperating agencies, NGO’s, etc.
- Ensure consistently effective and timely responses to donor and other key stakeholder inquiries and concerns.
- Ensure strong, productive working relationships with all partners and subcontractors to assure that the project receives the full benefit from their specific areas of expertise.
- Ensure effective collaboration, coordination and internal partnerships with other MSH projects, offices, and groups to build synergies across programs for maximum impact.
- Together with the Grants Manager/Finance Director, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the cooperative agreement.
- Ensure there is sufficient financial staff for disbursing all local costs under this project and that budgets are monitored and costs controlled based on sound financial and accounting principles, MSH guidelines, and USAID requirements.
- Oversee the preparation of financial reports of project expenditures for submission to USAID.
- Supervise Project Leadership Team with particular focus on their key tasks and project deliverables. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, meeting with supervisees on a regular basis to discuss issues, track work progress, provide guidance and support, and ensure consistent quality of work performed; conducting Performance Plan and Reviews; communicating, implementing and assuring adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines and values; developing staff skills and knowledge; and facilitating supervisee success whenever possible.
- Ensure strong, positive supervisor-employee relationships which support professional development and mentoring, and address problems in a timely manner.
- Manage and supervise the project staff in the identification of project technical assistance needs required to achieve the expected outputs of the cooperative agreement/contract, development of suitable scopes of work, recruiting of consultants, and execution of technical assistance contracts.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Working with the project’s M&E Director, oversee development of a project monitoring and evaluation plan and guide the implementation of that plan throughout the project.
Qualifications and Experience
Postgraduate degree in international development, health, human rights, social science or business administration/management or similar relevant field required
A minimum of 8-10 years of experience in grants management, organizational capacity building, social inclusion, and human rights strongly preferred, particularly in developing countries. 12 years of progressively responsible experience is preferred.
Experience interacting with government agencies, host country governments, counterparts and prior experience and success in directing similar or larger international donor-funded projects.
Experience with development programs supported by bilateral agencies, such as USAID, and international agencies, such as World Health Organization and World Bank, preferred.
Experience managing and supervising technical staff.
Demonstrated experience achieving project results with available resources.
Demonstrated ability and leadership in nurturing diverse partnerships among global and local actors across development areas.