USAID RTI International Careers – Chief of Party (COP)

Organization: RTI International


: Kampala, Uganda



RTI International is one of
the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human
condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700
provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more
than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and
training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international
development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and
laboratory testing and chemical analysis.


: The Chief of
Party (COP) position will be for the upcoming USAID-funded Integrated Family
Health Program that aims to strengthen the Ugandan health system’s ability to
provide access to high quality services to its citizens.  Core service
areas include: HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and reproductive health. The
Chief of Party provides technical leadership and managerial oversight for the
project, and ensures timely implementation and reporting of activities.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Offer
    vision and strategic technical leadership for the project.
  • Serve
    as RTI’s representative to USAID, Government of Uganda, and MOH, NGOs,
    FBOs, CBOs and local government and community stakeholders.
  • Responsible
    for ensuring the timely communication with, and reporting to USAID/Uganda. 
  • Ensure
    that the project activities are meeting client and stakeholder
    expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated.
  • Responsible
    for addressing contract-related issues, including ensuring that RTI
    financial controls and systems comply with generally accepted accounting
    practices that meet USAID standards, and that all activity-procured
    materials and equipment are safeguarded and prudently and responsibly
    used. Ultimately responsible for the provision of oversight, management,
    and support to grantees under contract.
  • Responsible
    for the overall planning, implementation and management of the project and
    for establishing the administrative framework to monitor and assure
    progress toward the achievement of the goals and objectives of the
    project. Ensure the timely and quality completion of required reports.
  • Develop
    and implement annual program work and performance milestone plans and
    negotiate an agreement of those plans with USAID, subcontractors and other
  • Responsible
    for oversight and direction to all long- and short-term personnel under
    the contract.
  • Represent
    the project on behalf of RTI in regional or key global meetings,
    consultative sessions and conferences.


Skills and Experience:

  • The
    applicant should hold a Masters Degree in Public Health, Health Economics,
    Health Policy or a related field.
  • At
    least 12 years’ experience managing and leading technical and
    administrative teams for complex integrated health projects in Africa.
    Experience in Uganda will be preferred.
  • Expertise
    in any of the following technical areas: RH/FP; MCH; Health Finance; Systems
  • Excellent
    knowledge of district/community-level issues impacting health service
    delivery and demonstrated success strengthening local strengthening local
    government institutions.
  • Experience
    working as a COP for USG-funded project is highly desirable with proven
    capacity to effectively manage staff and project funds.
  • Demonstrated
    professional excellence in health program management including experience
    in the following: client relationship management, developing program work
    plans, developing program budgets, managing program implementation, and
    managing technical assistance teams.
  • Demonstrated
    capacity to build and maintain productive working relationships with a
    wide network of partners and stakeholders.
  • Strong
    knowledge of USAID administrative, management and reporting procedures and
    systems along with strategic program planning, management, supervision,
    and budgeting expertise.
  • Must
    have strong oral and written communication and presentation skills in
    English (tested FSI R4/S4). Fluency in Kiswahili will be a significant
  • Strong
    proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Willingness
    and ability to travel frequently within Uganda.

to Apply:

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applicants desiring to work with this prestigious NGO, RTI International, We
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