Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.
Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Project Overview and Role
Palladium develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.
Purpose of Position:
The Chief of Party is a full-time position for an upcoming award in Kabul, Afghanistan funded by USAID/Afghanistan for the National Health Technical Assistance program. This position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.
The Chief of Party shall provide overall leadership, direction, program management and oversight, and serve as principal liaison to USAID and national MoPH staff.
- Ensure the strategic and functional integration across all technical areas as well as strong collaboration with donors, other implementers, and local counterparts;
- Responsible for meeting contractual obligations, producing deliverables and targets, and achieving project results as specified by USAID/Afghanistan;
- Represent project at national, regional, and global technical forums as required;
- Oversee project planning, contribute technical expertise as necessary to ensure project implementation, with a focus on results and financial accountability for all project activities;
- Provide strategic vision on program sustainability;
- Lead and advise on best governance principles, including ownership, inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, integrity, and ethical standards;
- Balance the interests of various stakeholders and supports participatory governance through multisectoral partnerships;
- Manage relationship with USAID, ensuring all reporting is completed in a timely way;
- Coordinate with other local USAID representatives, USG projects, as well as other development partners to ensure collaboration, integrated approach, and complementarity of the interventions to add value to service delivery improvement;
- Establish quality control standards in-line with the country and USAID standards;
- Communicate/work with health sector leaders in Afghanistan, including MoPH, subnational health sector leaders, and key stakeholders at the national level;
- Build capacity of local partner organizations to increase ownership and sustainability of activities beyond the life of the project.
- Master's degree or higher in a relevant discipline, e.g. public policy, business administration, public health, or a relevant field.
- At least five years of senior-level experience leading large-scale, complex family planning and/or public health programs, including supervision of technical staff.
- Additional 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in health systems strengthening, governance or related fields; experience with public-private partnerships preferred.
- Demonstrated experience working in fragile or conflict-affected settings preferred.
- Demonstrated experience working in Afghanistan and/or knowledge of Afghan health sector.
- Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships and to work collaboratively with diverse partners including host government agencies, donors, civil society and CBOs.
- Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and communicate a common vision and foster collaboration across an interdisciplinary team.
- Prior experience managing PEPFAR and/or USAID-funded agreements or contracts.
- Must be fluent in English.