Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Chief of Party for a potential five-year integrated health program supporting malaria and reproductive health/family planning activities in Angola. The purpose of the program is twofold: 1) to reduce malaria-related mortality, and 2) reduce reproductive health-related maternal and child mortality. Malaria continues to be the primary health concern in Angola and is the principal cause of morbidity and mortality. As such, one of the main objectives of this program is to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, particularly among children less than five years of age and pregnant women. Additionally, many Angolan adolescents have sexual and reproductive behaviors that put them at risk of suffering multiple reproductive health problems. These behaviors pose a threat to the well-being of Angolan youth, particularly girls. This program aims to address these concerns by reducing maternal and child mortality by increasing access to family planning (FP) information, services, and commodities.
The Chief of Party leads and manages the project and is accountable for project deliverables and results, with full accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project, including vision and technical strategy; project management; documentation and communication; client(s) stakeholder(s) relationships; and coordination and synergy with other MSH projects. This accountability includes effective contribution to business and resource development activities – including positioning, intelligence gathering, and proposal development – that contribute to fueling MSH’s mission.
- Oversee implementation of program activities and provides high quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and administration of the project.
- Serve as the primary project liaison from MSH to the donor and is accountable for the achievement of results, ensuring quality of services is maintained at the highest standard, and that all project objectives and deliverables are met.
- Safeguard MSH’s reputation by ensuring that financial, contractual, technical, and political integrity is maintained and strengthened.
Technical Strategy and Vision:
- Develop (update and adapt as needed) and execute project results framework, performance monitoring plan, technical strategy, MERL plan and annual work plans as per contract/agreement requirements, MSH technical frameworks and standards.
- Ensure appropriate and timely documentation and dissemination of key results and deliverables for maximum project impact and business development using a variety of communication strategies and media.
Project and People Management:
- Ensure effective contract/agreement implementation in strict compliance with contract/agreement clauses, MSH and donor policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Ensure project staffing, structure and reporting relationships are aligned with project needs, local context and available resources.
- Manage and mentor the project team as per MSH policies and guidelines and implement an effective performance-management program including regular check-ins, annual appraisals, supportive supervision, rewards, training, coaching and career development support.
Client and other Stakeholder Relationships:
- Build and maintain strong working relations with key internal and external stakeholders, beneficiaries, prime and subcontractors, suppliers and partners. Provide effective and timely responses to inquiries and concerns.
- Identify and keep track of new business opportunities, communicating them to the relevant internal MSH stakeholders.
- MPH, MBA or master’s level degree in related fields.
- 10+ years of progressively responsible, related experience is required.
- Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in technical content relevant to the project.
- Demonstrated leadership and management abilities.
- Prior experience and success directing similar or larger international donor-funded projects.
- Demonstrated strategic planning and visioning skills.
- Familiarity with USAID regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
- Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision. Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, CAs, and donor organizations.
- Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
- Fluency in English and Portuguese required.