Chief of Party, USAID Uganda Health Activity (UHA)
The COP will oversee overall UHA implementation, providing strategic technical vision and managing the project team and consortium members. This leadership role liaises with USAID, the Ministry of Health (MoH), other health and development donors, and other implementing partners (IPs) in Uganda on behalf of the UHA, cultivating open, productive, and collaborative relationships to advance activity objectives. The COP also ensures that the activity complies with cooperative agreement terms and conditions and USAID policies and regulations. The COP will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, suggest appropriate program adjustments, and ensure that systems are in place to mitigate the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse. The proposed COP candidate must fulfill the position requirements detailed below. Position is contingent upon award and funding.
• Bear ultimate responsibility for all project management and operations, including financial management, cost control, sub recipient management, performance monitoring, financial reporting, and client relations.
• Serve as RTI’s project liaison to USAID/Uganda, host government counterparts, local organizations, other stakeholders, and program partners.
• Provide strategic leadership and technical and managerial direction for the successful implementation of the project.
• Responsible for the overall performance and results of the project, including management and oversight of the program’s technical, operational, and administrative staff.
• Interface regularly with USAID on management and decision-making. Ensure that the project activities are meeting client and stakeholder expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated.
• Develop and implement annual program work and performance milestone plans and negotiates an agreement of those plans with USAID and other partner organizations. Lead annual project work planning and reporting and be the principal point of contact with USAID, MoH, other implementing partners.
• Ensure the timely and quality completion of all program technical and financial deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
• Conduct day-to-day management of the project from Dakar and through frequent travel to supported partners, districts, and regions.
• With the Finance and Administration Director, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement, ensuring appropriate financial resources, monitoring, and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports for submission to USAID.
• Directly supervise senior technical and operational staff members.
• Master’s degree or another advanced degree (PhD, MD) in a relevant field, such as medicine, public health, social sciences, or management and at least 12 years of related professional experience
• Minimum of 10 years’ progressively responsible experience in a senior role managing large and complex integrated health service delivery programs of similar scope and dollar value ($30M+) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
• Minimum of 10 years of experience managing and leading technical and administrative teams for health projects focused on areas including maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), health systems strengthening, family planning (FP)/reproductive health (RH), nutrition and/or water, sanitation and hygiene.
• Previous experience working on USG programs and working knowledge of USG regulations.
• Proven ability to work collaboratively with government, donors, the private sector, and community organizations to advance health objectives.
• Demonstrated experience successfully leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams to achieve health results in a fast-paced environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, writing, and English language oral presentation skills.
• Work experience in Uganda is required.
• 5 years’ experience working in East Africa on development programming.
• Current relationships with relevant Uganda stakeholders (MOH, donors, IPs) and/or past experience working in Uganda.
• Previous experience working on and/or technical expertise in maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH), health systems strengthening, family planning (FP)/reproductive health (RH), nutrition and/or water, sanitation and hygiene or/and PEPFAR programming.
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