FHI 360 Country Representative / Chief of Party Jobs in Zambia

FHI 360 Country Representative / Chief of Party Jobs in Zambia


  • FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Nutrition, Environment, Education, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research, Technology and more, creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries as well as all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

  • We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for the Open Doors Project (ODP) in Zambia, based in Lusaka. The COP will concurrently serve as FHI 360/Zambia’s Country Representative.

    Project Description:

  • The Open Doors Project (ODP) is a $24.5m cooperative agreement issued to FHI 360 by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It currently runs from May 18, 2016 to December 31, 2021 and is being extended by one year until December 31, 2022.

  • The project’s goal is to increase access to and use of comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services by key populations (KPs) – men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), transgender people (TG) – in targeted provinces of Zambia. The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National HIV/AIDS, STI and TB Council (NAC) as well as selected District Health Offices (DHOs) and Community Resource Partners (CRP) that are members of the KP community. In the last year of the award, FHI 360 will also be supporting USG-funded COVID-19 response work under the ODP mechanism.

    Job Summary:

  • The COP will have overall responsibility for administration, program management, performance monitoring and technical implementation and oversight of all aspects of activities, under the oversight of the East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO). S/he will serve as the primary point of contact for the ODP project, liaising closely with the USAID/Zambia mission, MOH/NAC, DHOs/CRPs and other key stakeholders.

  • They will provide technical and management leadership to the project, with a focus on effectively closing out the project during its final year. This includes ensuring successful implementation of the work plan, adherence to the budget, achievement of the project’s targets and goals, and use of evidence-based practices and innovative approaches. It also involves ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the award, rules and regulations of the donor, country laws and statutory reporting requirements, technical standard operating procedures (SOPs) and international standards of quality, and organizational policies and procedures (P&Ps).

  • They will also document and identify venues to share program successes and lessons learned, to benefit other projects/programs in Zambia and beyond. As Country Representative, s/he will serve as FHI 360’s legal representative and main point of contact in country for both internal and external stakeholders. S/he will oversee the Country Office’s platform of shared services (finance and administration F&A, information & communication technologies ICT, human resources HR, safety and security).

  • They will also play strategic and leadership roles in business development (BD) and partnership efforts in country, covered by corporate funding and conducted in close collaboration with ESARO and Headquarters business units.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represent the ODP and the Zambia Country Office (CO), serving as the main point of contact for both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Lead the implementation of the ODP’s final annual workplan, monitoring of spending against the budget, and production and submission of project deliverables, to ensure that project objectives
    and activities are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.

  • Ensure the technical quality of ODP strategies and interventions, both in terms of KP programming and the COVID-19 response activities, including close collaboration with key stakeholders in country and across FHI 360.

  • Coordinate award close-out, including achieving and reporting on results, conducting financial and administrative close-out, and documenting lessons learned, good practices and success stories.

  • Serve as an advocate and communicator for the ODP, amplify USAID/Zambia’s work with key stakeholders including the MOH/NAC, and share project results and innovations to advance the objectives of the project, and HIV/KP programming (and potentially COVID-19 response work), in Zambia.

  • Provide leadership to the Open Doors project team and CO platform staff, ensuring clarity over plans and priorities while encouraging effective teamwork.

  • Maintain effective lines of accountability, adequate professional development and support, and supportive supervision of staff as well as adherence to HR P&Ps and local labor laws.

  • Oversee the CO platform, ensuring that all projects in Zambia receive efficient and effective “shared services” (F&A, ICT, HR, safety and security).

  • Responsible for creating, promoting, and maintaining safe and equitable work environments for all personnel, including a harassment- and violence-free work culture, and systems for safeguarding project participants.

  • Establish, serve, and maintain partnerships with internal and external stakeholders on project and BD matters.

  • Play a leadership role on BD and partnership efforts in country, in close collaboration with regional and HQ business units.

    Minimum Qualifications and Desired Attributes:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree – or its International Equivalent – in Public Health, International Relations, International Development, or a related field. Master’s level preferred.

  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred, with demonstrated understanding of project/program management principles and practices.

  • At least ten (10) years of relevant experience in project/program management, with preference for experience leading and managing complex, USAID/PEPFAR-funded awards.

  • At least five (5) years of line management experience and demonstrated expertise leading and managing a diverse team, including staff supervision and capacity development.

  • Technical expertise in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, with a focus on KP programming is a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability and interest in conducting data-driven decision making and promoting evidence-based programming, including varied approach to knowledge management and documentation/sharing of results.

  • Proficient with applicable rules, regulations, and policies associated with international development, particularly those of USAID/PEPFAR and of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills as well as business acumen. This includes the demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders.

  • Strong project/program management skills and familiarity with tools and systems for effective financial management, operations, and compliance with award terms and conditions, donor rules and regulations, and organizational policies and procedures.

  • Experience having led or participated in project close-out preferred.

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English; fluency in host country language is an added advantage.

  • Previous experience in the region is required, and in Zambia is preferred.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; FHI 360 Country Representative / Chief of Party Jobs in Zambia

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