Deputy Chief of Party

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Job Description

Activity Overview:  The anticipated USAID Malawi Organized Network of Services for Everyone (ONSE) follow-on activity will cover accelerated reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity by increasing the capacity of the Government of Malawi institutions and local organizations to introduce, deliver, scale up, and sustain the use of evidence-based, quality maternal, newborn, and child (MNCH) services, voluntary family planning (FP), and reproductive health (RH) care.  Roles and Responsibilities:  URC is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party who will provide high level strategic leadership, guidance, oversight, and supervision of the design, implementation, and monitoring of project-supported high quality, and high-impact interventions. They will have relevant technical expertise and experience; solid professional reputation; and program management expertise. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work closely with other team members to design and lead technical understanding of initiatives that strengthen MNCH services, voluntary FP, RH care, and WASH services, and deliver high quality, high-impact health interventions and services
  • Coordinate program implementation, including detailed monthly and quarterly work planning, capacity building, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL).
  • Ensure technical resource needs for program activities are planned and met.
  • Support the COP in the design and oversight of annual project planning cycle to develop comprehensive annual work plans, assure timely disbursement of funds and results reporting for the project.
  • Support the COP in monitoring and reporting of project results and direct quality control mechanisms throughout the life of the project.
  • Participate in a key role in the development of quarterly and annual reports.
  • Maintain regular contact with USAID (as delegated by the COP), key counterparts and URC headquarters staff.
  • Represent the project at meetings with donors, MoH officials, roundtables, working groups, and conferences, as delegated by the COP.
  • Serve as the Acting COP in the absence of the COP.

Minimum Qualifications:   Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in public health, tropical medicine, epidemiology, health management, or related field; MD or PhD preferred;
  • Minimum of six years of progressively increasing responsibility in a leadership/management role (such as DCOP, Technical Director or Technical Lead) for large, complex health projects in developing countries, with at least five years of experience working on health programs in Malawi; healthcare financing; clinical quality; and/or health systems strengthening programs;
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated experience in managing and improving projects with the following components strongly preferred: health systems strengthening/QI, MNCH, voluntary FP, RH care, WASH services, health financing, leadership, and governance;
  • Experience managing improvement interventions and technical/institutional capacity building programs primarily through a technical assistance approach;
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with host county governments and counterparts and international donor agencies;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and English oral and written communication skills.

Desired Experience & Qualifications

  • Considerable experience with USAID-funded health programs
  • Demonstrated technical leadership in family health interventions.

Please note:   Only candidates who are eligible to work in Malawi for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position.   This position is contingent upon securing award.   To Apply:  For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at  www.urc-chs.com/career-opportunities You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated.  Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed  USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet  as well. Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.  URC is an E-Verify Employer   URC is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.   We value and seek diversity in our workforce.

About the Organization

University Research Co., LLC (URC)  URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States. Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with particular focus on reaching underserved populations. URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( http://www.urc-chs.com/ ).

To apply for this job please visit www.urc-chs.com .

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