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Friday, October 8, 2010

The Chief of Party

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide leadership and the overall management of a USAID supported project, to improve capacity, to properly diagnose, manage, and treat cases of Severe Febrile Illness in children. The COP will provide oversight to the program to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations, achievement of program goals and objectives, and effective coordination with the Tanzanian MOHSW and USAID-Tanzania. As most of the cases that present Severe Febrile Illness are diagnosed as malaria, the COP will also lead several activities tied to malaria diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Previous experience managing projects that included malaria diagnosis and treatment, child health, IMCI, building case management capacity, and managing health commodity procurements and supply chains, are highly desirable, as this project will include all of these activities. Since this project will focus on the Lake Zone of Tanzania, the COP will be based at the project's office in this region. The COP will also need to successfully collaborate with NGOs, FBOs, Donor agency offices, provincial and district health offices, and health facilities.
Specific responsibilities include:
Provide strategic direction and technical leadership to produce project results, as well as overall management of the operational, financial, and administrative aspects of the project; assign and delegate responsibilities as appropriate.
Ensure effective collaboration with stakeholders and partners, and especially the Tanzanian MOHCW.
Complete technical oversight on various project activities related to improving diagnosis and treatment of Severe Febrile Illness and pediatric malaria.
Offer ideas and strategies to assure project activities concerning child health are technically proficient, and advance the goals and objectives of the project, along with the child health goals of USAID, MOHCW, and health offices within the Lake Zone.
Ensure compliance with all USAID and Tanzanian government policies and regulations
Oversee effective utilization of short-term technical assistance.
Provide regular status and progress reports to USAID and Abt Associates.
Lead the project annual work planning, and ensures that quality operational plans, budgets, and reports are submitted as devised under project's responsibilities and regulations.
Skills/Knowledge Required:
Master's Degree with 13-15 years of experience, MD or PhD with 8-10 years of experience in public health or related field.
A minimum of 10 years of experience in managing donor-funded health projects at national and international levels. Experience in managing USAID and/or President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) programs is highly preferred.
Demonstrated project management and leadership capabilities are required, as are the abilities to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Experience in collaborating and coordinating with the Ministry of Health is required, and in Tanzania, preferred. Highly advantageous to have experience collaborating and coordinating with USAID field offices.
Familiarity with malaria prevention and treatment, child health, and health systems strengthening at a district-level is a distinct advantage
Fluency in English required. Knowledge of Swahili preferred.
This position is contingent on successful award of a proposal.
How to apply
Candidates are invited to apply by sending their current CV and a Letter of Interest that describes their technical qualifications, their specific areas of expertise, and their availability for full-time employment, to the following email address:

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