Employment Opportunities

Deputy Chief of Party - Burkina Faso Malaria


Position Title: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

How to apply:
Interested candidates can submit a CV and cover letter to: bdjobs@mcd.org please enter - "Burkina Faso Deputy 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 Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) position to lead an anticipated Malaria Bilateral project in Burkina Faso (funded by USAID). The DCOP will act as MCDI's key representative within the project and will be responsible for overseeing programmatic aspect of the program. S/he will oversee the daily administrative operations of the projects, including human resources, procurement, and reporting. S/he will work with the COP and senior management teams to make sure operating policies and procedures are in compliance with USAID and MCDI regulations. S/he will liaise and maintain productive collaborative relationships with in-country partners, Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Program and other departments and other stakeholders working in malaria. 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 Chief of Party (COP)

Essential Job Functions:
The Deputy Chief of Party will:
- Work in close collaboration with the Chief of Party to develop tools and strategies to address all malaria-related activities for improved patient outcomes
- Contribute to strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring of malaria-related functions such as prevention, treatment, and diagnosis
- Provide technical leadership on implementation and use of treatment protocols, improved quality of preventative and counselling services, malaria in pregnancy, seasonal malaria chemotherapy, malaria diagnostics, supervision and quality assurance/quality control
- Provide case management training and continued adaptation of materials for the enhanced clinical and diagnostics supervision process
- Oversee a functional quality assurance and quality control system for five basic tests (including Hemoglobin, Urine/HCG, malaria microscopy, malaria RDT) conducted at the facility and county level for improved diagnostics capacity and results
- Track and report on accomplishments of activities within the work plan
- Provide guidance for the institutionalization of health facility accreditation system to regulate the delivery of quality services, and
- Strengthen the delivery of malaria-related services by responding to gaps identified in areas of referrals, case management, seasonal malaria chemotherapy or malaria in pregnancy interventions

The Deputy Chief of Party will:
- Have a clinical or medical degree in a health-related field; a Masters' degree is a plus
- Minimum of 8 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
- 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
- Strong organizational skills including ability to prioritize and multi-task
- Experience preventing malaria in pregnancy, seasonal malaria chemotherapy and malaria case management is preferred
- Experience in project management, managing staff and resources to execute research or field implementation programs is required
- Demonstrated program management expertise; excellent understanding of USG regulations and compliance issues
- Experience working with malaria donors such as USAID PMI, World Bank, Global Fund, and DfID is preferred
- Represent the project on behalf of MCDI in national, regional, and international meetings and conferences (as appropriate)
- Strong interpersonal skills, team player and makes her/himself available as needed
- Fluency in written and spoken French and English required; proficiency at least in one or two local languages a plus
- Proficient in the use of the standard Microsoft Office package with particular experience using Words, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer, Outlook
- Willingness to be located in Ouagadougou
- Priority will be given to Burkinabe nationals

*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.