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Chief of Party - Cervical Cancer Project

Harare (Zimbabwe)


Jhpiego seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to provide vision, leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity for an upcoming USAID cervical cancer screening project. The project aims to improve screening, diagnosis, and treatment for cervical cancer in HIV positive women. The project is estimated to operate over a five-year period.

The COP will have the overall responsibility for leadership and management and reporting of project activities. S/he will be responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short timeframes while ensuring operational and project quality and integrity. S/he will serve as the project’s main point of contact with USAID on routine and strategic matters. S/he will also ensure effective organizational management and communication with the host country government at all levels, and international partners and agencies.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Zimbabwean nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure programmatic and financial integrity of the project and to achieve rapid and sustained goals, objectives and targets

  • Ensure that the USAID cervical cancer project is technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of the Zimbabwe, its people and donors

  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the award

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with USAID, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, as well as USG, implementing partners, private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Zimbabwe to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort

  • Represent Jhpiego and the project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, other key stakeholders, and through meetings, conferences, and presentations

  • Provide technical leadership and ensure the quality and sustainability of interventions

  • Collaborate with project team to build capacity within cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment strategies, including programming specific to HIV positive women

  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with USAID, and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, and project team

  • Oversee the quality, preparation, and timely submission of project reports to donor

  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts to ensure rapid and sustainable results

  • Provide guidance, in collaboration with staff, to subcontractors and sub-grantees

  • Write and/or review project materials and publications

  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets

  • Work with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff to develop M&E frameworks and effectively track data/results

  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation

  • Ensure compliance with USG operational policies and regulations

    Required Qualifications

  • Masters-minimum in public health, health administration, international health or a related field; MD preferred

  • Previous experience serving as COP/project director or DCOP or senior level management

  • 10+ years' experience successfully managing large, multi-partner, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $10M per year) that have implemented successful activities in cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Previous experience working in PEPFAR-related projects, including experience in implementing HIV care and treatment and counseling and testing projects

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing project systems and overseeing project start-up and close-out

  • Previous experience working in Zimbabwe, with intimate understanding of local health system and cervical cancer gaps and opportunities, and solid relationships at government agencies

  • Experience hiring and supervising personnel and ensuring they acquire the necessary training and skills to meet evolving project needs

  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USG, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector

  • In-depth knowledge of USAID projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements

  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills

  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts

  • Excellent skills in facilitation, team building, and coordination

  • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English

  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in regional and national projects and technical staff

  • Proficiency in word processing, Microsoft Office

  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally

Please prepare cover letter, CV, references and salary history and submit to job # 2018-3119 at:

Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

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  • Organization: Jhpiego - Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Location: Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Democratic Governance
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-13

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