Deputy Chief of Party - Health Informatics, Zambia

Palladium Group


Project Overview and Role

PEPFAR has called for immediate, comprehensive and evidence based action to turn the tide of global HIV/AIDS and one of the specific goals is to strengthen and expand Strategic Information (SI) activities. Objectives of this project are:

  • Strengthen the capacity of the MOH to effectively manage strategic information systems;
  • Develop an expanded and comprehensive health map platform;
  • Support the implementation of a comprehensive Health Management Information System(HMIS);
  • Improve data quality and applied data use within Government of Zambia data reporting chains.

Purpose of Position

Under the leadership of the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will lead and oversee activities as well as the data demand and use and capacity building strategies and implementation of the project. Along with the COP, s/he collaborate with other donor-funded M&E/SI programs in Zambia. The DCOP will also work with the COP to develop and implement the project work plan and assure timely provision of high-quality deliverables and routine project reports. The DCOP is the secondary point of contact for the USAID Agreement Officer's Representative (AOR) and will serve as the acting COP when needed.


  • Provides subject matter expertise and technical assistance to the program, technical staff, and administrators for the program;
  • Provides analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and resolve issues or problems;
  • Leads and/or reviews and monitors programmatic functions, i.e. development of work plans, budgets and quarterly/annual reports;
  • Ensures quality of services and compliance, per project requirements;
  • Provides functional guidance to outside vendors to ensure deliverables are met within timelines and budgets, as needed;
  • Participates in and/or prepares necessary project-related reports presentations and white papers;
  • Organizes and supports, as needed, project trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings;
  • Participates, and represents the organization as needed, in outside associations, conferences, and symposia;
  • Leads and assists in research, data collection, policy formulation, training, and capacity building efforts in support of contract/agreement activities and deliverables;
  • Supervises senior technical staff and provides guidance to mid- and junior level staff members.


  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent.
  • 10+ years of experience in public health program management, health governance, information systems strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, policy formulation, or other field related to international health programs are required.
  • Demonstrated success in collaboration and coordination across partners, sectors, and with home office.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial, and evaluative skills.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects or programs.
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities, often within a required timeframe.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Professional and diplomatic demeanor and conduct, especially during interactions with the client and its constituents.
  • Ability to anticipate, respond, and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands.
  • Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations.
  • Fluent written and spoken English required. Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tongadesired.
  • Experience working with USAID and/or USAID partners is required.

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