Director, COVID-19 Response

Director, COVID-19 Response

Creative Associates International

Bamako, Mali

Project Summary:

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.

Position Summary:

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.

Reporting Line and Responsibility:

The Director COVID-19 will report to the Chief of Party, Mali PSR and have direct supervisory responsibilities over COVID-19 response team.

Primary Responsibilities:

The main responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide strategic leadership, supervision, and technical oversight of Mali PSR’s COVID-19 Response program interventions;
  • Serve as the PSR focal point with the OneHealth platform and support the COP in representing the Mali PSR/COVID-19 response team in donor and partner meetings and in other relevant coordination meetings on COVID-19 and in other forums as required;
  • In collaboration with the program teams and partners concerned, develop the strategy for implementation and design specific interventions in the prevention and response of COVID-19;
  • Ensure that program components are high-impact and results-oriented; and that project activities meet with client expectations and results and accomplishments are disseminated appropriately;
  • Provide supervision of technical staff, consultants, and partners, in charge of designing and implementing the COVID-19 activities and ensure that program staff use and maintain a Program Activity Tracker and that data is consistent with the project’s AMELP;
  • Working closely with the DCOP-Programs and operations teams to manage progress towards project milestones around Objective 4 developing solutions to keep activities firmly on track, motivating the team, when necessary, and ensuring collaboration and multiplying project results;
  • In close collaboration with the PSR monitoring and evaluation manager, establish a documentation system of the impact of COVID-19 interventions and disseminate the reports, ensuring the exchange of information, experiences and good practices used, to government officials, program staff and other USAID partners as well as to the national and regional PSR office;
  • Promote transparent decision-making through open communication and regular meetings with program team, Creative HQ, USAID, and consortium/local partners;
  • Contribute to weekly, quarterly and annual reports on progress, successes, impact and learning as part of the implementation of the PCP response to COVID-19
  • Provide input, along with COP, the HQ Project Director and other Senior Management staff, the creation of relevant project deliverables, including but not limited to the annual work plan, strategy documents, success stories, quarterly and annual reports, as well as identification of research reports, and other technical documents and reports;
  • Identify and maximize opportunities to raise the visibility and profile of the PSR project; and
  • Oversee the production and dissemination of communications materials documenting lessons learned and best practices to maximize learning across the project.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in social science or equivalent field and six to ten (7 – 10) years of experience in program coordination and/or facilitating emergency preparedness and response (i.e. Ebola) would be an asset;
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience at national/international level in the development, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and administration of programs/projects;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience managing staff;
  • Experience in USAID funded projects highly desired;
  • Exceptional organization and problem-solving skills and an ability to work and multi-task under pressure;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team; and
  • Fluency in oral and written French and English proficiency required; proficiency in one or more local languages ​​of Mali is an asset.

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