The USAID-funded Mali Peacebuilding, Stabilization and Reconciliation Project (Project de Consolidation de la Paix or PCP/PSR) is a 5-year project (2018-2023) created to support the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and National Reconciliation and to contribute to building resilience of project communes and peacebuilding. PCP is implemented by a consortium of Creative Associates International, Think Peace, and the Malian Association for Survival in the Sahel across 46 municipalities in the central and northern regions of Mali (Ségou, Mopti, Tombouctou, Taoudénit, Gao, Menaka and Kidal). The project works with communities to address key factors conflict management, strengthening civic engagement, promoting inclusive governance and empowering young people. The COVID-19 pandemic creates additional pressure on the delivery of intermittent and in many cases nonexistent basic social services in certain project intervention communes thus causing and accentuating the vulnerabilities of the citizens. In an effort to support the efforts of the Malian government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and flatten the curve especially in Bamako, Koulikoro, Sikasso and Kayes as well as other regions, USAID through Mali PSR will to implement a series of activities to address the immediate needs and the second order effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Director of COVID-19 Response will be responsible for achieving the results under Objective 4 of the program. S/he will provide technical direction for activities aimed at prevention and rapid response of the PSR response to COVID-19 in the intervention areas of the southern region, specifically, Bamako, Kayes, and Koulikoro.
The Director of COVID-19 Response (DC-19) will work under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), and will be responsible for overseeing rapid response interventions activities designed to address and contain the spread of the virus and core program components that focus on enhance the delivery of social services impacted by COVID-19 and to further efforts to improve the efficacy of government especially along the continuum of inclusion, social-cohesion, trust and confidence. The DC-19 will also be responsible for directly supervising a program team that include health, governance and communications specialists and other program staff responsible for leading and/or supporting the implementation at the field-level. To ensure continuity and coordination with the core components of the project, the DC-19 position will closely coordinate with the DCOP-Programs on the planning, implementation of program activities across the project’s 46 communes as well on the development and implementation of COVID-19 rapid response activities and grants. S/he will support the COP to work with the One Health platform and relevant program staff in building and maintaining relationships at the national, regional and local level with GOM representatives, local organizations, religious and community leaders, etc. S/he will help identifying opportunities for leveraging synergies and amplifying the interventions of COVID-19 including coordinating assistance with humanitarian and development actors in targeted communities, searching for opportunities to leverage other funding sources, and identifying public private partnerships around COVID-19. S/he will also champion the project’s communications campaign for transformational social and behavior change. This position is a senior level position and requires excellent management, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.
The Director COVID-19 will report to the Chief of Party, Mali PSR and have direct supervisory responsibilities over COVID-19 response team.