Chief of Party, Program for Advancement of Malaria Outcomes

Path, Zambia

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th March, 2018

Job Description

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

The PAMO project aims to control and prevent malaria morbidity and mortality, and thereby minimize the social effects and economic losses and also to contribute to the reduction of under-five all-cause mortality rate, as a result of reduced malaria mortality. The PAMO project will strengthen the Ministry of Health’s capacity to implement the National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan (NMESP) at provincial, district, and community levels. The project will build strong effective partnerships with communities, civil society, health facilities, District Community Medical Offices (DCMO), Provincial Medical Offices (PMO), the private sector, and cooperating partners to scale-up and maintain internationally accepted strategies to fight malaria.

PATH now seeks to recruit a Chief of Party who will be responsible for the leadership and strategic direction, overall coordination and management of the project. The Chief of Party position will require experience in management and technical fields, with a proven track record of programmatic accomplishment, professional achievement, management competence, and interpersonal skills. The Chief of Party will be based in Zambia.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the project's primary liaison with USAID Zambia, international and regional partners, and host-country government officials.
  • Supervise project technical staff, including the Technical Director, and technical line managers, ensuring that they are successfully managing project activities and achieving deliverables.
  • Initiate and manage effective collaborative partnerships.
  • Oversee annual project work planning and periodic reporting.
  • Oversees compliance with the goals set in the contract and with USAID regulations and PATH policies and systems.
  • Contribute to the design of project monitoring and evaluation systems and to regular project evaluations to assess progress and recommend solutions.
  • Represent the project at periodic meetings with stakeholders to report on planned activities and actions, including implementation status.

Required Skills

  • A Master’s degree in public health or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite or comparable professional software package—specific competence in the use of word processing, presentation, email and calendaring software required.
  • Ability to travel up to 30 percent in-country; limited international travel expected.
  • Minimum ten (10) years’ working experience in managing multi-million dollar health programs in developing countries, including experience and technical knowledge in malaria.
  • At least five (5) years of experience (out of 10 years) should be as a COP or senior field management experience such as Project Director, Regional Director or Country Director roles.
  • Experience in management and technical fields, with a proven track record of programmatic accomplishment, professional achievement, and management competence.
  • Experience working in Zambia or sub-Saharan Africa strongly preferred.
  • In depth knowledge of developing country government systems and procedures for managing complex programs with many sites and partners are mandatory.
  • USAID contract management experience preferred.
  • S/he shall have depth and breadth of management expertise and experience, a solid professional reputation, interpersonal skills and professional relationships to fulfill the requirements of the activity.
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage technical teams and multi-partner collaborative projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with USAID, implementing partners, institutions at the national and regional level, local nongovernmental organizations, and community-based organizations and structures.
  • Successful experience working with the government of Zambia is preferred.
  • Strong mentoring and coaching skills.


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