Chief of Party

Chief of Party


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

EngenderHealth is seeking expressions of interest from highly qualified candidates for the Chief of Party position on an anticipated USAID Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning (MCHFP) project in Cote d’Ivoire. Ivorian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. The position is subject to change based on procurement requirements and is contingent upon EngenderHealth being awarded the project and availability of funds.


The Chief of Party (COP) will provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the project. S/he will serve as key personnel and fulfill the diverse managerial requirements of the project, including maintaining the relationship with the USAID Mission and working in collaboration with the Ivorian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Based in Abidjan, the COP will have technical, financial and management responsibility for all activities and personnel and will be EngenderHealth’s representative to the Government of Cote d’Ivoire. The COP will have overall responsibility for addressing award related matters, including managerial and fiscal responsibility for the project including ensuring compliance with donor and EngenderHealth regulations, policies and procedures. S/he will oversee program implementation, provide technical vision and approach and manage the project team and consortium members. S/he will have direct responsibility for supervision of select key personnel. S/he will be responsible for the smooth implementation of the project, and for effectively addressing challenges that arise during performance. S/he is responsible for quality implementation and ensuring the project is ethically implemented. S/he is responsible for timely and accurate delivery of all reports and project products and ensure that systems are in place to mitigate the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse. This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.


  • Provide leadership and expertise in the development and implementation of MCHFP initiatives that deliver sustainable results.
  • Lead the overall planning, implementation, strategic direction, and management of the project in close coordination with the Ivorian government, USAID, and other USAID implementing partners, as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project in a timely and cost-effective manner with adherence to technical quality standards and donor guidelines.
  • Provide first-class leadership to all aspects of the project management including development and submission of detailed work plans, budgets, performance frameworks, monitoring and evaluation plans, procurement and supply management plan and human resource management.
  • Provide strategic leadership and technical and managerial direction to ensure the project is evidence-based and responsive to the needs of marginalized and hard to reach Ivorian communities while meeting donor expectations.
  • Oversee a team of senior technical and program management project staff and ensure strong communication and coordination with and between all team members, and with EngenderHealth’s regional and global technical advisors.
  • Build, strengthen and sustain critical relationships with Cote d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, local government authorities, USAID, USG-funded implementing partners, private sector, and other key players in the efforts to maximize prudent resource utilization, minimize duplication of efforts, coordinate regularly with them on project updates and results, and attend relevant technical working groups and conferences as required.
  • Ensure the project is implemented in a fiscally responsible manner and in full compliance with all laws, regulations, policies and procedures of USAID, Government of Cote d’Ivoire, and EngenderHealth.
  • Manage all USAID requirements for project implementation, including effective utilization of the resources to achieve project deliverables.
  • Provide leadership in preparation and timely submission of project reports to donor and government as per agreement and directives.
  • Present project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, government other key stakeholders through various platforms including meetings, technical working groups and conferences in compliance to terms and conditions of the award.
  • Lead the discussion with the government of Cote d’Ivoire on the sustainability and transition of project for local ownership.
  • Proactively manage relationship with consortium members and addresses any partnership issues as the need arises.
  • Manage all risks that may adversely affect project implementation and achievement of goals and outcomes.
  • Strengthen the capacity of and transfer skills to local staff to independently implement, manage and improve business practice and technical services.
  • Maintain a close relationship with stakeholders working in MCHFP in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Represent EngenderHealth to USAID, external organizations, and the Ivorian government.


Must possess the following requirements with or without a reasonable accommodation:

  • Master’s Degree in public health, social sciences or related advanced degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in managing successful international development assistance and health programs of similar scope in the area of MCHFP.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the MCHFP landscape in and knowledge of USG health initiatives in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Demonstrated capacity in managing for results.
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience with USG-funded programs, with experience as COP or Deputy COP preferred.
  • Proven record of building teams and fostering collaboration to achieve program goals, meet program milestones, and produce quality program results.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of MCHFP and experience in the design and implementation of MCHFP programs, at scale.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions and international organizations.
  • Excellent past performance references.
  • Demonstrated leadership in working and collaborating with other donors and a wide range of USAID and other donor-funded organizations.
  • Fluency in French and English required.
  • Demonstrated capacity in priority management and landscape analysis.


  • Excellent negotiation skills with demonstrated capacity for negotiating with senior government officials or executives.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.


  • Relevant experience in West Africa, especially Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Ability to travel up to 35% in country and internationally as required.

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