This position will be responsible for all USAID/Benin/Integrated Health Services Activity (IHSA) program and technical direction, ensuring that staffing is aligned with IHSA vision, goals, and plans to achieve IHSA program results. With guidance and support of the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will coordinate the provision of technical services, harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between project program areas and units, and help coordinate and manage project implementation, following the decentralized approach and strategy, among the various field offices. S/he will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches for timely delivery of services to the clients we serve including but not limited to timely producing high quality documentation of project’s successes and lessons learned for local and international audiences, as well as quarterly reports.
1. Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight for the project and ensure the efficient implementation of project activities and the timely reporting of those activities to regional and country specific donors, and MSH headquarters.
2. Coordinate project liaison and collaboration with partners, donors, various USAID country missions, clients and stakeholders, including MSH headquarters. Maintain a USAID/Benin/IHS partnership that engenders trust and respect and build USAID’s confidence in MSH’s ability to get the job done.
3. Serve as a member of the Benin Leadership Team.
4. With the Director, Finance and Administration, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement.
5. Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, the achievement of personal and project goals and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed for project staff in Benin, as well as the support team members in the Home Office.
6. When appropriate, act in place of the COP.
7. Advise the COP in alignment of human resources with project work plans and emerging SOW from the donors, MSH and partners including on external sourcing of human resources and consultants.
8. The DCOP will set direction and coordinate annual workplan development, implementation, and review. S/he will ensure alignment with regional frameworks and strategies, national and donor strategies in each country – including USAID strategies. S/he will identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation creating synergies between various program areas.
9. The DCOP shall guide and coach project staff in leveraging project, non-project and community resources through the establishment and maintenance of partnerships and networks.
10. S/he will direct efforts to write concept notes and new programs to address emerging health and programming challenges identified by donors, host countries or through the work we do.
11. Contribute to a knowledge management system where the donor vision and government values permeate through our clients to reach beneficiary communities, and the learning from grassroots and countries is documented and shared to influence new programming at national and regional levels.
12. The DCOP will have specific technical expertise in the areas of Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) as well as in Health Systems Strengthening (HSS), which s/he will lead for the entire project.
1. An advanced degree at the Masters level or above in social science, public health, or other appropriate area is required.
2. 7+ years of experience in the implementation and management of international development projects, specifically, with combined experience in two or more technical areas such as LMG, HSS and MNCH.
3. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID and other donor organizations.
4. Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID projects is strongly preferred.
5. At least 5 years of supervisory experience. Must have a proven track record of building teams and fostering collaboration in order to achieve goals, meet milestones, and produce high quality written qualitative, quantitative, and narrative deliverables. Familiarity with USAID regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
6. Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
7. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
8. Fluency in French and proficiency in English required.