Chief of Party, Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) – Sierra Leone


Helen Keller Int’l


party leader,

Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA)

(Freetown, Sierra Leone)

Guided by the remarkable legacy of its co-founder, Helen Keller, Helen Keller Intl partners with communities striving to overcome long-standing cycles of poverty. By providing the essentials of good health, healthy nutrition and a clear vision, we help millions of people create lasting change in their own lives. Working in over 20 countries – across Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States – and with a global community of supporters, we ensure that every person has the opportunity – as Helen fact – to reach its true potential.


The objective of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding for the Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) in Sierra Leone is to improve the performance and functionality of health systems to deliver quality integrated health services, with a focus on district and community levels to promote optimal key health behaviors to prevent disease. Health services include the provision of primary health care in primary health units (PHUs) and community and district hospitals. The main objectives of this activity are to strengthen the health system to improve the delivery of high quality services in family planning and reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, adolescent health (FP/RMNCAH) and the fight against malaria. ; increase adoption of some key optimal behaviors to improve health in selected districts of Sierra Leone.

Job scope

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide strategic, managerial and technical oversight of the Strengthening Integrated Health Services (SIHSA) activity in Sierra Leone. He/she will oversee all aspects of the activity implementation cycle, including planning and evaluation, program quality assurance, and personnel and financial management. The COP will liaise with USAID contractors, technical support staff, partner organizations, outside contractors, and implementers of other USAID-funded initiatives as needed. The COP will represent the activity to all key stakeholders, government officials and donors at coordination forums and other related seminars and meetings.

This position should be based in Freetown. This five-year position is dependent on providing funding to Helen Keller and is expected to begin in the spring of 2023.

Specific responsibilities

1. Run the business in Sierra Leone

  • Build relationships with relevant government authorities, USAID, and other partner agencies for SIHSA planning and implementation.

2. Programmatic

  • Develop, guide and oversee all technical, managerial and operational aspects of SIHSA in Sierra Leone.
  • Lead and oversee the overall planning, coordination and implementation of SIHSA activities, including strategic planning, technical direction, work plan and budget development.
  • Lead and oversee results reporting to monitor SIHSA’s performance, including preparation of quarterly, annual, and other requested reports and other documentation to USAID.
  • Ensure that activities are implemented in accordance with USAID requirements.
  • Identify SIHSA implementation risks and suggest necessary adjustments in a timely manner.
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of health service issues in Sierra Leone, including national policy development and key stakeholders from government, private sector, INGOs, UN and national civil society organizations/ regional and local.

3. Management

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with USAID and in-country partners, government officials, the private sector, other donor agencies, and key stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and liaise regularly with USAID, including participation in regular coordination meetings to achieve SIHSA objectives.
  • Supervise and manage staff and technical consultants hired for the Activity.
  • Ensure the performance of SIHSA to achieve the results and deliverables of the work plan on time and take the necessary corrective measures.
  • Build a high performing team and create a supportive work environment to achieve expected results. Guide and support staff in their development, plan their succession and take prompt action to resolve issues of underperformance and any other issues affecting their professional conduct or the implementation of their duties and responsibilities.
  • Oversee the management of sub-contracts/agreements with local partners, in particular by ensuring the quality and timeliness of deliverables.
  • Communicate SIHSA results, through reports, policy briefs, national workshops, etc.
  • National and international travel as needed.
  • Ensure proper budget and expenditure management in accordance with USAID guidelines and USG cost principles.
  • Establish and maintain project communication protocols and ensure proper documentation of activity records and management protocols in accordance with organizational and USAID requirements.

4. Representation and coordination within the organization and with other stakeholders

  • Represent Helen Keller in national and international forums as required.
  • Report to USAID through formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports.
  • Maintain active and cooperative relationships with all key stakeholders, including USAID, government officials, consortium partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions;
  • Represent SIHSA and the organization in public and ensure the dissemination of information on project achievements and lessons learned.

Qualifications/skills required

  • Education: Master’s degree in health systems, public health, development studies, international relations, business administration, social sciences or related field.
  • Live: 10+ years of professional experience leading USAID-funded programs of similar complexity, preferably with direct experience in Sierra Leone or West Africa.
  • Superior leadership, management, and communication skills to lead a multifaceted USAID-funded health services project. This includes professional experience interacting with U.S. government agencies, host country governments, NGOs, and private sector stakeholders and fostering new and effective partnerships.
  • Demonstrated success across the full spectrum of project management: strategic program planning; work planning and budgeting; financial, administrative and contractual management and control; knowledge and experience of USAID requirements, policies, and regulations; managing relationships with multiple clients; oversight of program monitoring and evaluation; and documentation of results for USAID-funded programs.
  • Experience working on projects related to health systems strengthening, integrated health services, FP/RMNCAH is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including active listening skills, the ability to communicate effectively across cultures and negotiate effectively with internal and external colleagues.
  • Excellent capacity building, team building/management and coordination skills. Ability to effectively delegate responsibilities and coach and mentor staff.
  • Excellent time management and personal organization skills.
  • Ability to react quickly to changing implementation scenarios.
  • Collaborative, flexible and solution-oriented.
  • Demonstrable respect for all people, regardless of religion, ethnicity, class or gender, with a high level of comfort working in a diverse environment with a demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards.
  • Excellent English skills, both written and spoken, with strong presentation skills.
  • Mastery of Kiro is advantageous.

How to register

To apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

In the spirit of our founder and namesake, Helen Keller is dedicated

to build an inclusive workforce where diversity in all its forms is fully valued.

We are an equal opportunity employer where all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. If you are a qualified person with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us at the above email address or call +1 646-356-1789.


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