USAID Project Jobs – Chief of Party at Plan International

Job Title: Chief of Party
Organisation: Plan International
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About Plan:
Founded 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations and is an equal opportunity employer.
Plan started its operations in Uganda in March 1992 and is presently implementing the 3rd year of its 2010-2015 country strategic plan and in 2012, Plan was awarded a five year grant of $50m from USAID to implement Health Integration to Enhance Services (NU – HITES) Project in Northern Uganda in a total of 15 districts of Northern Uganda; 2 of which are part of Plan Uganda’s current area of coverage. The project seeks to strengthen the district-based integrated package of quality health services to improve and sustain the health and nutritional status of northern Uganda populations. The project will support district health authorities to improve service delivery at the district and community level and will promote private sector engagement, and continued public sector commitment, to address health needs. The project will cover a wide range of health sub-sectors, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Maternal and Child Health, Malaria, family planning, Nutrition and sexual and reproductive health.
Job Summary: The COP will be responsible for the leadership and implementation of this program including managing all activities of sub-recipients and project partners and coordinating all program-focused strategic planning and decision making.
Key Performance Areas:
  • Leadership and delivery of the project to high quality results and impact in line with agreed strategy and operational plans
  • Management of donor relationship with USAID, as the primary project representative.
  • Effective communication amongst donor, partner organizations, Plan NU-HITES team, Plan Uganda CO and Plan International USA.
  • Direct supervision of four key project staff – Finance Director, Health Services Delivery Director, Health Systems Strengthening Director, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Communications and Knowledge Sharing Manager.
  • Indirect supervision of 50 project staff
  • Oversee the full disbursement of project budget (including sub grantees) and maintain responsibility for timely and quality implementation of project activities
  • Maintains a functional relationship with the Plan Uganda NU-HITES team to remain aligned with and to make meaningful contribution to the achievement of country program objectives through this project.
  • Ensures compliance in reporting to USAID, Plan and other stakeholders.
  • Assure adherence to Plan’s policy provisions and standards, including CCCD approach, Child Protection and internal M&E system (PALS).
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Leads the process of developing the implementation plan of NU-HITES project with detailed activities, operational processes and budget for field level implementation
  • Ensures development of M&E framework of the NU-HITES Project to support comprehensive and quality monitoring of the project performance at community, partner and country level following corporate guidelines of Plan and USAID.
  • Establishes quality donor reporting system for grants projects by providing guidance, setting protocols and building capacity of the relevant project staff
  • Manages NU-HITES Project communications and PR work effectively
  • Establishes and maintains network at national and regional level to support policy level advocacy as well as to incorporate global standard and learning into the projects.
  • The project team operates as a high performance team respected by and adding tangible value to achieving country objective under NU-HITES project.
  • Adheres to performance indicators as agreed upon with the donor, project staff, and key stakeholders
  • Assures compliance with relevant USAID rules and regulations, financial and accounting principles, to ensure clear A133 Audit
  • Assures compliance with Plan policies and guidelines including child protection
  • External
  • Represent the project and serve as the key liaison with the USAID, Ministry of Health Uganda, project partners, and other relevant key stakeholders.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Development, or related field; Ph.D. or Dr.P.H. highly preferred.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience (over 10 years) of relevant program management and supervisory experience as Chief of Party in the health delivery systems and the international development field.
  • Knowledge of key USG regulations including, but not limited to USAID 22 CFR Part 226 Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and Agreements with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars A-122, Cost principles for non-profit organizations and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and non-profits preferred.
  • Demonstrates an understanding about the Child Protection Policy and compliance, applies the possible protection measures within the scope of job, and provides inputs for strengthening child protection measures.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal skills and ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Experience working and collaborating with diverse sets of stakeholders, such as local partners, government officials, donor representatives and international staff.
  • Effective communication skills to bring parties together and articulate project strategy and plans
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Proven analytical skills in identify and delivery upon priorities
  • Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team or independently, and meet deadlines consistently.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Demonstrates effective decision making and risk management.
  • Practices strategic thinking and innovation.
  • Demonstrates consistent behavior and approaches to work and decision-making.
  • Communicates appropriately, demonstrate ability to influence others, and communicate concerns to managers and teams.
  • Demonstrates cross cultural awareness.
  • Strive for high performance across the team and build effective teams and partnerships.
  • Demonstrate clear respect to all, and especially children, without discrimination.
  • Hold self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
How to Apply:
All suitable applicants with a penchant for humanities and a desire to work with Plan International should visit the following web page and express their interest on reviewing the job requirements further and click on “Apply via Organisation.”
Deadline: 13th June, 2013
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