Ethiopia: Chief of Party

Organization: CARE
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 01 May 2015

CARE Ethiopia seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to support an upcoming,USAID/Ethiopia-funded, project that will use an integrated WASH approach to address the burden of five to seven highly-prevalent neglected tropical diseases on vulnerable populations across the country.

The effort is expected to further goals and objectives of current Mission programming to eradicate lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, blinding trachoma, and three soil-transmitted helminthes (hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm) that disproportionally affect poor communities with a lack of access to clean water and high rates of exposure to disease vectors. By ensuring alignment with current implementing partners of USAID’s flagship Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program, CARE plans to continue reaching the most marginalized in the country’s designated focus areas: Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia, SNNPR, Somali, and Tigray, among other regions.

Working through woreda steering committees, CARE presently targets activities at the zonal level in conjunction with water, health, education, environmental protection partners. Using evidence-based approaches, including the SAFE strategy for trachoma, the project will implement strategies around water acces s and supply, sanitation, and school- and houshold-level hygiene. Illustrative project activities include conducting extensive mapping of water resources; developing project strategies based on maps that overlay trachoma, schistosomaisis, and soil-transmitted helminthiasis; collaborating with local government to improve community-managed water supply systems; expanding and deepening household latrine access and solid-waste management; implementing a school-led total sanitation approach; effecting (rolling-out) behavior change communication campaigns, while leveraging local media; and creating manuals and training local WASH champions for sustainable project results. Through these and other activities, CARE will work through existing policy mechanisms, and local fora, movements, and groups, to gather data, develop and implement project activities, report impacts, and disseminate findings and best practices.

The successful candidate will provide the project with overall vision, leadership and guidance – internally with project staff and externally with USAID, host governments, other donors and stakeholders. Moreover, the COP will assume principal responsibility for overall project management and technical operations to ensure project tasks are completed and objectives met. S/he will lead the team, serving as the primary point of contact with USAID/Washington and with the Mission. Finally, the COP will manage the preparation and presentation of all proposed implementation plans and reports.

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project workplan;
  • Guiding team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives;
  • Reporting against the project’s baseline targets;
  • Managing the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities;
  • Building partnerships among national- and community-level actors;
  • Functioning as the primary liaison between all project stakeholders;
  • Creating management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs;
  • Designing and overseeing an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycle;
  • With staff and partners, translating project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans;
  • Directing the planning and budgeting processes;
  • Preparing quarterly and annual project activity reports, as specified in the contract;
  • Maintaining internal control;
  • Supervising the performance of all long- and short-term advisors, consultants, and staff;
  • Clarifying roles, delegating responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicating expectations for staff contribution to project activities;
  • Supervising project staff and partners in identifying the project’s technical assistance needs, developing suitable scopes of work, recruiting consultants, and executing technical assistance contracts; and
  • Maintaining productive working relationships with USAID clients, project partners, and key counterparts.

Minimum qualifications:

  • At least fifteen years’ experience successfully leading and managing health sector programs in East Africa;
  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health, or related field– advanced degree optimal;
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, donors, UN agencies, other USAID projects, local organizations, and partners;
  • Experience in programs dealing with Neglected Tropical Diseases, disease burden in East Africa, WASH, community health, and vulnerable populations (women, children, rural communities);
  • Demonstrated experience managing USAID contracts;
  • Proven capability in managing agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements;
  • Ability to successfully recruit, train, develop, and manage staff;
  • Demonstrated capacity to perform internal control functions to manage project operations; and
  • Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing in English – knowledge of Amharic optional.

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