Deputy Chief of Party

Pathfinder International, Burundi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th May, 2018

Job Description

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, ensure availability of safe abortion services and post-abortion care, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all of our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Program Overview

Pathfinder is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID/Burundi Tubiteho Activity. The primary purpose of the Activity is to increase the use of quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services in Burundi. The main objectives are to: increase access to quality essential health services to improve uptake and increase impact; increase positive health behaviors, increasing the demand for (and correct use of) services and products, as well as early health care seeking behaviors; and strengthen health systems to support provision of quality health services.

Position Purpose

The Deputy Chief of Party is responsible for overseeing all programming, including ensuring the technical quality of services. The Deputy Chief of Party works with sub-partners to decide on targets, oversees the development and execution of community action plans, monitors the implementation of the work plans, works with the Deputy Chief of Party to facilitate operational capacity building initiatives, directly facilitates technical capacity building, and supports coordination with local government and other key partners. The Deputy Chief of Party directs and supervises senior program staff and consultants.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Technical Leadership

  • Lead the technical design and implementation of project strategies, create a realistic and donor-responsive timeline, and continuously evaluate project progress towards achieving organizational strategic goals.
  • Be fully conversant on best practices globally to develop and adapt for the Burundi setting.
  • Provide technical leadership to project staff and partners in support of project objectives.
  • Collaborate with headquarters and all partners to ensure programming aligns with agency mission and vision and that project best practices and lessons learned are shared for agency-wide dissemination
  • Utilize a participatory approach to developing and updating the project strategic plan, ensuring programmatic directions are technically-sound, evidence-based, and consistent with international standards.
  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building to local partners in support of sustainable impact

Program Management

  • Assist the COP in the successful programmatic and technical implementation of the project including the timely completion of high-quality work plans, accurate reports, and other mandated deliverables.
  • Assist the COP in monitoring project progress vis-a-vis expected objectives, utilizing tools and methods developed by Pathfinder, and ensuring effective usage of resources and compliance with donor requirements.
  • Oversee sub-grantees/subcontractors ensuring quality implementation of programming and achievement of agreed upon objectives and targets in accordance with established schedules and timelines.
  • Document technical components of materials and project achievements for communications materials such as annual reports, brochures, and website updates.
  • Identify, select, manage performance of, and mentor project staff ensuring professional and capacity building; facilitate necessary international technical assistance to promote project goals and objectives.
  • Support other country programs, provide technical assistance, and foster cross-country collaboration.

Organizational Representation and Collaboration

  • Assist COP in addressing technical and programmatic issues related to the project.
  • Liaise with donors, partners, host government agencies, and other key stakeholders to share progress, accomplishments, and challenges to ensure dissemination and incorporation of best practices.
  • Cultivate strong relations with headquarters to achieve organizational goals and provide periodic updates to staff worldwide on the progress, challenges, successes, and lessons learned in managing the project.
  • Serve as COP, assuming overall field responsibility for project, in absence of the COP, as necessary.

Basic Requirements

  • A Master’s Degree in health management with 8 years of experience with partner or donor implementation; Medical degree preferred but not required.
  • A minimum of 8 years of mid to senior level experience in working with community health care providers; designing, implementing or managing large, complex interventions to improve R?MNCH health outcomes.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of management expertise and experience.
  • A minimum of 7 years direct supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully fulfilling performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating projects
  • Experience managing USAID-funded health programming is highly desired.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the health context and structural issues in Burundi including socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues that are related to essential services in population, health, and nutrition.
  • Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relations with senior Government personnel, international organizations, NGO partners, host country governments, and U. S. Government Agencies.
  • Experience working with public and private partners and stakeholders at all levels (national to community).
  • Proven ability to manage, motivate, and mentor staff at all levels and create a positive team environment.
  • Experience working with complex programs involving short deadlines, multiple tasks, in coordination with multiple partners, to achieve expected results.
  • Excellent diplomatic, interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English and French is required.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.


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