Uganda: Chief of Party, Uganda Family Planning Flagship Activity

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Organization: Pathfinder International
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 31 Jan 2019

Summary: Leads and manages a donor funded project focused on quality improvement of MNCH service delivery (facility and community based). Provides strategic leadership and managerial oversight of the administrative, programmatic, technical, and operational aspects of the project. Oversees the day-to-day work, including financial and budgetary oversight, timely implementation of activities, and stakeholder relationship management. Deploys staff and financial resources to achieve project targets. Positions the project as a leader in the field and as a successful partner in the development and cost-effective implementation of funded programs with USAID. Develops and maintains relationships with funding organizations such as USAID and relevant programs operating in country and globally. Principal responsibility for representation of the project to USAID. Engages with the Country Management team as project representative.

Program Overview:

Pathfinder is seeking a COP to provide overall strategic leadership and oversight for the anticipated USAID/Uganda Family Planning Flagship Activity. The program will focus on increasing adoption of healthy FP/RH behaviors which will contribute to long term demographic shifts and thus accelerate Uganda's progress towards it's overall development goals.

Key Job Outcomes:

  1. Strategic Leadership: Provides strategic direction of matrix teams as needed and their activities. Develops and updates the project strategic plan to ensure alignment with programmatic directions and international priorities.
  2. Project Implementation: Ensures that project performance objectives and mandated deliverables such as technical activities, annual work plans and programmatic/financial/technical reports are carried out in a timely fashion, meet the highest quality standards and take into account the donor's requirements and procedures.Monitors the country program progress and achievements vis a vis the goals and objectives.
  3. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plans: Leads and directs monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies, frameworks, plans and indicators to capture project performance and results. Leads a periodic implementation review process to monitor progress and to identify specific actions that may be needed to achieve expected results.
  4. Financial and Administrative Operations: Collaborates with project staff to establish and maintain the ongoing administrative and financial operations of project offices and ensure compliance with Pathfinder International’s policy and contract provisions. Develops, monitors and revises budget pipeline and conducts monthly reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables. Manages funds and approve expenditures in accordance with Pathfinder and USAID procedures, cost principles, and regulations.
  5. Contracts: Contracts with and manages local individuals/organizations for identified tasks according to regulations and procedures. Negotiates consultancy agreements and develops capacity of local partners in mandated program areas.
  6. Security Standards and Guidelines: Ensures that appropriate security standards, guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly and adhered to by the staff in all project offices in compliance with donor rules and regulations.
  7. Management and Supervision: Recruits, hires, develops and manages staff. Oversees subgrantee relationships to ensure that subgrantees are accomplishing programmatic objectives and that both Pathfinder and the subgrantees comply with applicable rules and policies.
  8. Management Reports: Develops and presents timely financial, technical, and operations reports and updates on the project progress and difficulties.Documents project achievements for communications materials such as the annual reports, brochures, and website updates.
  9. Brand Ambassador: Cultivates and strengthens positive, productive relationships with donors, regulatory agencies, partners, and governmental agencies to ensure that Pathfinder is consistently viewed as an effective implementing partner in meeting and achieving project targets.
  10. Proposals: Leads in the planning stage to full submission, including the tasks of defining the project teams and roles, strategizing for technical proposals and approaches, defining partners, and developing budgets.Together, with other members of the leadership team, seeks to leverage non-USAID funds to support expanded program activities.

Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Country Specific Public Health System: Deep knowledge of the Mozambique’s public health systems. Deep knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of working globally. Mastery of knowledge of applicable US Government regulations and administrative procedures on the country specific public health system programs and projects.
  • MNCH, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Deep knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, MNCH clinical practices and services of programs, including quality improvement, program strategies and indicators, and the latest professional developments in MNCH, including special challenges and measurement issues faced in Mozambique.
  • Strategic Planning and Implementation: Mastery of skills in strategic visioning and leadership in institutional capacity building and developing.
  • Proposal Development: Mastery of skills in proposal development from concept to full proposal, resource mobilization and budget management.
  • Research Methods: Mastery of knowledge and ability to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Data Collection Methods: Mastery of knowledge in data integrity and collection methods.
  • Job-Specific PC Applications: Proven ability to apply statistical software applications.
  • Leadership and Management: Proven ability to lead, manage, and develop others within a matrix culture.
  • Program and Project Planning and Management: Deep skills in designing, implementing and monitoring and evaluating development and intervention activities to fulfill performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities in the health sector.
  • Change Leadership: Ability to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility in managing change across a broad group of stakeholders in an inclusive manner.

Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Software Applications: Advanced knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills using local languages, Portuguese and English language
  • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others, including donor agencies and local partners, through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Presentation Skills: Proven ability to make presentations on results to small and large groups.
  • Community Relations: Mastery of skills in facilitating working relationships between partners, government officials, and communities
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices.
  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to work with people from different cultures, ability thrive in a matrix organization, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Matrix Management: Ability to thrive in a matrixed organization.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a discreet and professional manner.

Minimally Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in public health, social sciences, health systems, nursing administration, management, or a related advanced degree.
  • 10 years of experience leading, designing and implementing health service delivery strengthening projects, with five of these years spent managing large, complex MNCH projects while living in Mozambique.
  • Technical expertise and experience in MNCH (including quality improvement), a solid professional reputation and relationships
  • Strong understanding of culture and context of implementation country.
  • Country and Provincial Context: experience working on health programs with Mozambique MOH and field work in Nampula Province.
  • Experience interacting with government counterparts and other international and local organizations working in the MNCH sector at the highest levels
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions such as MOH and provincial government units, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a project team and achieve results
  • Prefer: familiarity with US government policies and legislative requirements relating to the use of family planning funding
  • Fluency in Portuguese and English

Other Information:

  • Travel required (at least 25%)
  • Must be eligible to work in Mozambique
  • Cellular or desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

How to apply:

Please apply online: https://pathfinder.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1298&site=2

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