Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Deputy 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 Angolans, including adolescents, have sexual and reproductive behaviors that put them at risk of reproductive health problems. These behaviors pose a threat to the well-being of Angolan youth, particularly girls. A second objective of this program aims to reduce maternal and child mortality by increasing access to family planning (FP) information, services, and commodities.
This position will be responsible for leading the technical direction of all malaria components of the USAID/Angola Supporting Malaria and Reproductive Health/Family Planning Activities, ensuring that staffing is aligned with the project vision, goals, and plans to achieve the desired program results. With guidance and support of the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Technical Director (TD) will coordinate the provision of malaria-related technical services, harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between project program areas and units S/he will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches for timely delivery of activities and products including but not limited to producing high quality documentation of project’s successes and lessons learned for local and international audiences, as well as quarterly reports.
- Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight for the project malaria activities and ensure the efficient implementation and timely reporting of these activities to the donor,country stakeholders and MSH headquarters.
- Coordinate with project partners and other donors working in malaria, the USAID country mission, NMCP and MOH and stakeholders, including MSH headquarters. Maintain a USAID partnership that engenders trust and respect and builds USAID’s confidence in MSH.
- Work in close collaboration with the project leadership team to ensure coordinated and effective operational support for the project and for MSH in Angola.
- With the F&A Director, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement.
- Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, the achievement of personal and project goals and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed for project staff in Angola.
- When appropriate, act in place of the COP.
- Advise the COP in alignment of human resources with project work plans and emerging SOW from the donors, MSH and partners including on external sourcing of human resources and consultants.
- The DCOP/TD will set direction and coordinate annual work plan development as it relates to malaria activities, implementation, and review. S/he will ensure alignment with regional frameworks and strategies, national and donor strategies in Angola – including USAID strategies. S/he will identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation creating synergies between various program areas.
- Guide and coach project staff in leveraging project, non-project and community resources through the establishment and maintenance of partnerships and networks.
- Contribute to a knowledge management system where the donor vision and government values reach beneficiary communities, and where learning is documented and shared to adapt strategies and/or activities.
- Master’s degree in Malariology, Public Health, Entomology, Epidemiology or related field such as medicine.
- Minimum of 5 years of malaria control programs experience.
- Minimum of 8+ years of experience in the implementation and management of international development health projects.
- 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 and other donor organizations.
- Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID projects is strongly preferred.
- Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
- Fluency in Portuguese and English required.