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United States of America: Chief of Party, West Africa WASH

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Population Services International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 04 Jan 2018

Job title: Chief of Party, West Africa WASH

Department: West & Central Africa

Location: TBD

Reports to the Regional Director, West and Central Africa

Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

There are over 8,000 “PSI'ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

Join us!

PSI is building a roster of Chiefs of Party (COPs) in the area of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Selected applicants will be contacted and included into a pool of highly-qualified experts for short and long-term assignments with PSI and its affiliates.

The COP would oversee and manage work in developing countries to strengthen the capacity of municipal governments and WASH service providers to expand equitable access to sustainable, high quality water and sanitation services by capacity development in financial and organizational planning, developing financing strategies, increasing transparency, and professionalizing services.

The COP should have significant leadership, management and international development experience, especially on large USAID projects; experience strengthening the capacity of government entities and utilities to deliver services and engage the private sector, particularly at the municipal level; strong understanding of market system development approaches; and a demonstrated track record of delivering programmatic results.

Responsibilities and qualifications for the COP role are outlined in the description below:

Your contribution

You will be responsible for overall vision, management, technical direction, and administration to ensure programmatic success. This includes:

  • Serve as main point of contact/representative of the project to the donor.
  • Oversee the implementation and continuous improvement of activities
  • Set a bold strategy and vision for the program and milestones for reaching it
  • Demonstrate and cultivate a consumer centered programming philosophy
  • Provide expertise in the design and diffusion of innovative service delivery for WASH products and services, including providing effective guidance and support to technical members of the in-country management teams and staff assigned to the project.
  • Lead implementation of a robust learning and knowledge sharing plan.
  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of project deliverables.
  • Detailing and managing an iterative capacity development process that focuses on systems networks, and innovation
  • Ensure the effective use and coordination of donor resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with donor standards.
  • Lead internal and external program planning and reporting including annual work planning with sub-award partners.
  • Develop and manage a team that includes members of diverse backgrounds and partner organizations.
  • Ensure sound financial management including programmatic budgeting, spending projections and monitoring of payments.
  • Ensure high-quality periodic reporting in line with donor and PSI requirements (Quarterly and Annual Status reports, quarterly financial reports etc.)

What are we looking for?

  • Hold a master's degree or higher in a relevant field and have technical skills which complement those of the activity's key technical specialists
  • Have a minimum of 15 years of experience in international development, and at least 10 years of successful experience as Project Director of large, complex donor-funded technical assistance programs.
  • Previous Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party Experience; or similar experience
  • Strong record of engagement with municipal governments
  • Experience in designing or supporting the successful creation of service level agreements and other public-private partnership agreements and contracts
  • Experience and technical knowledge in market systems development approaches; WASH sector experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-cultural environment with other implementers and teams carrying out USAID- and other donor-funded programs, including activities in different sectors
  • Adept in strategic planning, budgeting, adaptive management, and supervision
  • Fluency in spoken and written French and English is mandatory.
  • References will be required.

*Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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