Employment Opportunities

Chief of Party - Burkina Faso Malaria

Position Title: Chief of Party

How to apply:
Interested candidates can submit a CV and cover letter to: bdjobs@mcd.org please enter - “Burkina Faso Chief of Party" in the subject line

Position Description:
The international division of Medical Care Development, MCD, was founded in 1977 as a global non-profit organization. MCDI uses practical, evidence-based, and high-impact approaches to strengthen health systems in developing countries. For almost 40 years, MCDI has implemented public health programs in over 40 countries aimed at targeting the world's most vulnerable populations. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholders to improve health and save lives in the following areas: malaria control; maternal, neonatal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; and other communicable diseases.

MCDI is currently seeking candidates for a Chief of Party (COP) position to lead an anticipated malaria bilateral in Burkina Faso (funded by USAID-PMI). The COP will act as MCDI's key representative within the project and will be responsible for overseeing the planning, coordination, and execution of all project-related malaria activities at the county, district, and facility level for improved delivery of malaria-related services. S/he will liaise with and maintain productive collaborative relationships with in-country partners, the Ministry of Health, the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), and other stakeholders working in malaria, such as local NGOs, private sector representatives, WHO country office, etc. S/he will provide strategic leadership and management and provide project oversight, guiding the project's vision, direction, and technical implementation.

Location: This position will be based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Position Type: Full time
Expected Position Start Date: This position is contingent upon donor funding
Accountability: This position reports to the Senior Program Manager based in the Home Office

Essential Job Functions:
- Responsible for the overall performance and results of the project, including day-to-day oversight and management of activities and technical, operational, administrative and personnel
- Provide strategic leadership, vision, and direction to the project and the MCDI-led consortium for successful project implementation
- Serve as MCDI's project representative in Burkina Faso and interface regularly with USAID, Government of Burkina Faso (GoBF) counterparts, local organizations, other donor-funded projects, and participating or technically aligned organizations
- Monitor program activities against targets ensuring compliance with project planning documents, and make adjustments to ensure client and stakeholder expectations are met
- Develop and implement all project planning activities, including work planning, staffing, M&E, and financial among others
- Ensure quality and timely completion of project deliverables including reporting to USAID through monthly, quarterly, annual and ad-hoc program and financial reports
- Directly supervise senior technical and administrative personnel, as well as short term technical assistance provided by consultants and MCDI staff
- Supervise financial monitoring and oversight to ensure project expenses are reasonable and in accordance with USAID and MCDI rules and regulations and national laws
- Conduct regular financial reviews and analyses of program spending to ensure cost effectiveness and value for money
- As appropriate, ensure collaboration and coordination with other USAID and non-USAID implementing partners and programs
- Ensure proactive and regular dissemination of project results and successes, in addition to overseeing other strategic communications as relevant
- Represent the project on behalf of MCDI in national, regional, and international meetings and conferences (as appropriate)
- Ensure participatory and gender sensitive processes are promoted

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required:
- Advanced degree in public health, health systems, health policy, international development, or related field
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in senior management roles leading technical and administrative teams for complex health projects in similar scope in Sub-Saharan African countries; experience in Francophone West Africa preferred
- Strong background and experience related to the management of programs in malaria, health systems strengthening, health system reform, policy analysis and advocacy, or strategic planning for health in developing country settings
- Extensive experience in client and stakeholder management, developing project work plans, budgets, and managing project implementation
- Strong inter-personal, verbal and communications skills
- Experience leading donor-funded projects in Burkina Faso or elsewhere in West Africa, preferably USG or USAID-funded
- Demonstrated understanding of USAID administrative, management, and reporting policies, procedures and systems
- Professional fluency in both French required and good working English preferred
- Ability to be based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso with frequent domestic travel
- Preference will be given to qualified local national candidates

*The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel assigned to this position.