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Chief of Party

Cotonou (Benin) | Bentiu

CARE seeks a Chief of Party for USAID-funded Integrated Health Services Activity, which is a five-year cooperative agreement of approximately USD $20 million.

The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID- or other international donor-funded projects.

This position is subject to project award and funding. International relocation and allowances may be available.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
  • Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
  • Build partnerships among international, national and community-level stakeholders
  • Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles
  • With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
  • Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
  • Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance. Lead establishment and operation of a strong and effective team. Proactively respond to the performance issues of project staff through regular, constructive and honest feedback and coaching.

· Develop and maintain a team spirit to promote a culture of innovation, transparency and accountability among team members.

Required Skills:

  • Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or related field;

  • Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international development project management (USAID program management required); previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on large family planning and reproductive health projects in a developing country context.

  • Experience with one or more of the following: maternal and child health; family planning/reproductive health; nutrition; malaria; quality improvement/quality assurance; health system strengthening; M&E; and operations research.

  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.

  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.

  • Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams. Excellent leadership skills (supervision, coaching, counseling, etc.) in being able to work under pressure with a team in a multicultural environment.

  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.

  • Previous experience in Benin is an advantage but not a requirement.

  • Fluency in English and French is required; knowledge of local languages is a plus.

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  • Organization: CARE - USA
  • Location: Cotonou (Benin) | Bentiu
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Democratic Governance
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-22

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