Pact is looking for a party leader (COP) for USAID’s planned five-year Integrated Health Services Strengthening Activity (SIHSA). SIHSA’s goal is to contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s overarching goal of improving the health of adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, and children under five. SIHSA’s objectives are 1) to sustainably improve the quality of family planning, maternal, neonatal and adolescent health and malaria control services; 2) promote the adoption of critical health behaviors, and 3) strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels, so that it is better prepared to plan, budget, allocate resources and monitor health programs. The position will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

This solicitation is expected to be released on September 30, 2022 and awarded in February 2023. This position is subject to project award and funding.

Main responsibilities

  • Responsible for all project management and operations, including financial management, cost control, sub-recipient management, performance monitoring, financial reporting, and client relations.
  • Responsible for project contributions, program strategy, external representation, and coordination with project counterparts, USAID, host country contacts, other sector donors, and other programs as required.
  • Responsible for adherence to USAID policies and achievement of stated project objectives
  • Regular interface with USAID on management and decision making. Ensure that project activities meet client and stakeholder expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated.
  • Develop and implement annual program work and performance milestone plans and negotiate agreement on these plans with USAID and other partner organizations.
  • Lead the annual planning and reporting of project work and be the primary point of contact with USAID, Ministry of Health and Finance, other implementing partners.
  • Ensure timely and quality completion of all technical and financial program deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • Directly supervise senior technical and operational staff.

Basic requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience in a relevant field
  • No less than fifteen (15) years of experience in the management and implementation of primary health care programs in international settings, preferably in West Africa
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of substantial public health experience with significant USAID program management experience and/or technical expertise in MNCH, FP, nutrition, WASH, and HSS
  • Successful track record as Project Director/COP of large donor-funded technical assistance teams for similar scale activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-cultural environment with other implementers and teams running USAID and other donor-funded programs, including activities in different sectors
  • Adept at strategic planning, budgeting, adaptive management and oversight
  • Experience leading similar projects, involving managing multi-million dollar budgets/portfolios and coordinating with multiple programs and partner institutions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact professionally with donors, project partners, in-country collaborators and staff at all levels of the organization. Proven ability to convene/chair high-level meetings and interact productively with a wide range of organizations (e.g. government, private sector, NGOs and research institutes).
  • Previous work experience and technical expertise in MNCH, FP, nutrition and HSS
  • Must have a professional command of written and spoken and English
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and adaptive management.
  • Experience in effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and to work with and between different stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and consensus building skills.

Preferred qualifications

  • Medical degree (MD) or Master of Public Health (MPH) or degree in another health-related field.
  • Knowledge of the political, social and economic context of Sierra Leone
  • Current relationships with relevant Sierra Leone stakeholders and/or experience working in Sierra Leone
  • Nationals of Sierra Leone are encouraged to apply.

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