Chief of Party | Sierra Leone Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) in DAI Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone

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DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more liveable world.

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DAI is currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA). The COP will be the direct link with the AOR and other relevant stakeholders and accountable for achieving project results. This position will be located in in Freetown, Sierra Leone and is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

The Sierra Leone Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) aims 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 years old. SIHSA’s objectives are:

  • Improve the quality of family planning; maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health; and malaria services sustainably.
  • Promote the adoption of crucial health behaviors.
  • Strengthening the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (at central- and district- levels) so that is better prepared to plan, budget, allocate resources, and monitor health programs.

The COP will be responsible for providing strategy, technical leadership and overall management direction for the program. This position will be responsible for project inputs, program strategy, external representation and coordination with project counterparts, USAID, the Government of Sierra Leone, and other donors within the sector, and other programs as necessary. The COP is ultimately responsible for compliance with the agreement results and the oversight of program activities which will meet the stated objectives of the program. The COP will have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and manage diverse and substantial teams to deliver impact.

  • Lead the accurate and quality implementation of the program and its agreed workplans, ensuring the program is flexible, responsive, innovative and adaptive to change.
  • Work closely with the team to provide technical direction, review all aspects of the program and progress towards delivering program outputs and outcomes, as well as financial (monitoring and forecasting), risk, and USAID satisfaction.
  • In coordination with the team, develop effective relationships with key stakeholders including Government of Sierra Leone officials at the national and provincial levels.
  • Lead overall program planning, putting in place team structures, technical and operational approaches, infrastructure, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and feedback loops required for program delivery and success and submission of quality timely deliverables. Oversee the timely submission of all agreed deliverables to USAID.
  • Manage, lead, and oversee all long- and short-term staff, and partners in achieving program results, ensuring alignment with DAI’s Diversity, Equity, Engagement, and Inclusive culture.
  • Provide overall coordination of the capacity strengthening of public and private sector institutions at the national and provincial levels to strengthen and expand access to and utilization of quality FP/MNCH services across the public and private sectors.
  • Build and strengthen relationships between and among DAI, USAID, other donors, policy makers, key program stakeholders, technical and implementing partners, national and local FP/MNCH networks disseminating accomplishments and key lessons learned.
  • Ensure that efficient systems to support all aspects of the program (including sub-grant management, financial, capacity building, performance monitoring and reporting) are in place and support the effective use of project resources in compliance with USAID rules and regulations and DAI policies.
  • Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to the program, including compliance with USAID rules and regulations, local laws, and DAI policies.
  • Represent the project with USAID, Government of Sierra Leone, donors, partners, and other key stakeholders supporting similar interventions.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • At least 10 years of demonstrated experience in managing progressively complex health programs. Prior experience as COP or Deputy COP is ideal.
  • Experience implementing complex and multi-faceted projects is required, with demonstrated skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Proven strategic vision, leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience to fulfil the diverse technical managerial requirements of the program description.
  • Prior experience delivering large-scale family planning (FP) and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services) and/or health systems strengthening (HSS) projects of similar or related nature, size, and complexity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral presentation skills to fulfil the diverse technical managerial requirements of the program description.
  • Exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track record of interacting with other projects, high-level host country governments and international agencies.
  • Proven track record of working effectively with government counterparts at various levels, preferably, within the context of Sierra Leone.
  • Demonstrated effective personnel management, including large interdisciplinary teams, coordination, creativity and willingness to innovate, and decision-making skills along with an ability to troubleshoot.
  • Strong working familiarity with USAID regulations and policies.

DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. DAI does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, veteran status, or other non-merit factor.

Company: DAI

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone

Application Deadline: N/A

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