Management Sciences for Health

  • Chief of Party

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    GEN (General)
    P000 - Proposal
    Reports To
    Country Representative
  • Overview

    MSH is seeking highly qualified candidates for an anticipated five-year USAID HSS/Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability (UHSS) funded program in Uganda.The UHSS project will focus on strengthened health systems including human resources for health, strategic information, laboratory networks, Supply Chain logistics management, district based healthcare financing and good governance/leadership. This project focus will be essential for the attainment of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 set targets for the HIV/AIDS epidemic control and realization of the vision of an AIDS-free generation in Uganda.


    Availability of the position is contingent upon issuance of a USAID award, and selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience in Uganda.


    The Chief of Party leads and manages the project and is accountable for project deliverables and results, with full accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project, including (1) vision and technical strategy; (2) project management; (3) documentation and communication; (4) client(s) and stakeholder(s) relationships; and (5) coordination and synergy with other MSH projects and collaboration with the MSH Country Representative and the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU). In the role of Chief of Party, s/he ensures that the Program has a strategic vision of success, and deploys all resources – financial, technical, and human - in support of these strategies and plans. S/he is aware of and adheres to MSH’s Procurement Integrity standards and procedures in all project management responsibilities.

    Specific Responsibilities

    • The Chief of Party oversees implementation of program activities and provides high quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and administration of the project. 
    • S/he serves as the primary project liaison from MSH to the donor and is accountable for the achievement of results, ensuring quality of services is maintained at the highest standard, and that all project objectives and deliverables are met.
    • S/he adapts and implements management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement, ensuring sufficient financial staff for disbursing all local costs under this project, monitoring and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports of project expenditures for submission to USAID.
    • The Chief of Party collaborates with partners, donor, and stakeholder representatives, building and maintaining productive relationships.
    • S/he supervises direct reports with a particular focus on achievement of their key tasks and project deliverables.
    • S/he communicates, implements, and assures adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines and values; develops staff skills and knowledge; and facilitates supervisee success and professional development whenever possible.
    • The Chief of Party serves as the primary liaison for communication with USAID, US Government representatives, partners, civil society organizations, appropriate officials from the Government of Uganda and representatives from other donor and development agencies.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • A Masters’ degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university. 
    • A minimum of 12-15 years of project management experience (of which at least half is in a senior management position) in large, multi-year international health sector development programs that have implemented successful activities in areas such as improved clinical services, HIV/AIDS services, health systems strengthening, and support to decentralized governments structures. 
    • Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in two or more of the following areas: HIV/AIDS services, health systems strengthening, including human resources for health, strategic information, laboratory networks, supply chain logistic management, district based health care financing and good governance/leadership.
    • Experience in public health in developing and/or transitional countries managing the operational and organizational aspects of similar health projects including staff supervision and oversight of operational procedures and policies; preference given to those with experience in Uganda.
    • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, cross-cultural, collaboration and negotiation skills are essential.
    • Ability to delegate effectively
    • Demonstrated ability to make timely effective decisions
    • Willingness to travel within project areas as needed.
    • Excellent written communication in English is required.

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Country Representative
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