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


Helen Keller


Deputy 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 Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will assist the Chief of Party (COP) in providing strategic and technical oversight of the Strengthening Integrated Health Services (SIHSA) activity in Sierra Leone. He/she will be responsible for supporting the COP in staff management, capacity building and stakeholder engagement.

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

  • Support the COP by providing strategic and technical leadership and direction, defining and implementing activities to achieve the greatest possible impact on SIHSA’s goals and objectives.
  • Manage implementing partners and oversee operations to achieve SIHSA objectives and deliver expected results.

2. Programmatic

  • Lead the implementation of innovative strategies to achieve measurable improvements in health-related outcomes across health services.
  • Mobilize promising tools, best practices and technology to accelerate progress towards increased use of health services.
  • Identify the training needs of health managers and health workers and help design and implement effective interventions to strengthen their core competencies to improve health systems governance and health service delivery .
  • Ensure that SIHSA business delivery adheres to all standard operating policies and procedures.
  • Support the adoption of evidence-based and context-specific health interventions at district and community levels.
  • Actively contribute to the technical direction of SIHSA by developing strategies and partnerships to increase program coverage, visibility and resource availability.
  • Participate in communities of practice to stay abreast of innovation and best practices in the field, identify opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders, and attend events or other mechanisms for disseminating and sharing lessons learned
  • Support timely reporting to USAID through formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports, ensuring adherence to USAID and Helen Keller guidelines.

3. Management

  • Supervise multidisciplinary technical teams to fill gaps in health systems strengthening.
  • Support SIHSA staff by creating and maintaining a working environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect and empowers staff to take responsibility.
  • Coordinate the development, implementation and reporting of detailed management plans which may include implementation plans, tracking of deliverables.
  • Provide financial and operational management that optimizes resources through strong budgets, consistent financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to USAID.

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

  • Assist the COP in maintaining active and cooperative relationships with USAID contractors, technical support staff, partner organizations, outside contractors, and implementers of other USAID-funded initiatives, as needed .
  • Represent SIHSA and the organization in public, as assigned, and support the dissemination of information about project accomplishments and lessons learned.

Qualifications/skills required

  • Education: Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in development studies, international relations, public health, business administration, social sciences, or related field.
  • Live: At least seven years of experience in a management position or work experience leading similar USAID-funded programs, preferably with direct experience in Sierra Leone or West Africa.
  • Superior leadership, management, and communication skills to lead a multifaceted USAID-funded 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to react quickly to changing implementation scenarios.
  • Collaborative, flexible and solution-oriented.
  • Excellent English language skills with proficiency in Kiro are 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.

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