Chief of Party, HIV & AIDS Program

The Population Council is seeking a highly experienced health and/or social scientist to serve as Chief of Party (COP) and provide technical leadership on the full range of HIV and AIDS related issues in Ghana.


  • Provide overall vision, leadership, and management to the technical direction and implementation of this project and oversee the financial and administrative components to ensure project goals, objectives, and requirements are fulfilled.

  • Be fiscally responsible to USAID and Population Council staff for this multi-million dollar initiative and oversee the project’s spending, development of budgets and financial reports, and timely implementation of project activities according to the budget timeline.

  • Oversee and ensure timely completion of all project deliverables, including field activities, development of regular technical and financial reports and other documents as required by the project and donor, deployment of project personnel, etc.

  • Supervise senior project technical and operations staff to ensure project goals and objectives are achieved.

  • Ensure adherence to donor and project policies and procedures in areas such as recruitment, personnel, procurement, travel, financial management, etc.

  • local organizations to leverage and enhance technical and financial resources to maximize the impact of this initiative.

  • Serve as the primary reporting and point-of-contact representative of the project with USAID and other donor organizations and with governmental and non-governmental counterparts on project-related technical and management issues.

  • Oversee recruitment of in-country personnel, ensure that all project staff, including those seconded to the Population Council, are integrated into this project and performing at full capacity, and ensure sufficient and appropriate staffing to achieve high quality results.

  • Oversee the development and monitoring annual of work plans and budgets, technical and financial reports and other program and dissemination documents as required.

  • Travel within host country and the region, as needed, to provide managerial and technical support to staff, counterparts, and government agencies, and to represent the project and the Population Council at meetings, events, and policy and program development fora.

  • Other programmatic and technical responsibilities, as assigned.


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in leading large, international, multi-year and multi-million dollar public health projects in developing countries with demonstrated capacity to meet project goals and objectives and donor requirements.

  • Doctoral or masters degree in public health, social science, public policy, or related field, or MD, with relevant training and expertise and at least 10 years of relevant experience in a progressively senior capacity. A satisfactory combination of experience and educational background will be considered.

  • Firm command of USAID rules, regulations, and procedures in technical and operational matters with demonstrated experience in a senior management position of another USAID-funded project.

  • Ability to represent the Population Council with high-level donors, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil sector society, and organizational counterparts, and be able to discuss the project’s findings, lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges in a compelling and articulate way.

  • Demonstrated ability to stimulate fundraising and secure funds for program activities.

  • Proven ability to lead, motivate, and supervise a multi-disciplinary group of senior program and operational staff to achieve high quality performance and project vision, ability to identify areas for staff development and training, and demonstrated experience in capacity building.

  • Strong working knowledge of family planning and other reproductive health issues in Ghana specifically, and/or the region, proven through past positions and publications record.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and make decisions in timely manner under competing priorities and demands.

  • Capacity to understand and demonstration of experience in collaborating with research investigators and program and policy professionals from a variety of fields and cultures, preferably through residential experience in developing countries, Excellent diplomatic, representational, problem solving, management, and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent written and oral English-language communications skills, including top quality presentation skills.

  • Willingness to travel within country and across the region.

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