URC Chief of Party - Proposal Jobs in Ethiopia

URC Chief of Party - Proposal Jobs in Ethiopia

University Research Co., LLC (URC):

  • Guided by a strong vision of equitable and resilient systems that respond to people’s needs and emerging threats, URC helps countries and local actors to build, implement, and sustain science-driven, scalable solutions. Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical expertise to empower governments, communities, and service providers toward strengthening their own health and social systems and improve service quality.

  • We aim to expand access to and improve the quality of services, addressing maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health; global health security and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene. In our interactions with each other and our clients, we stay true to our values for transformative change by focusing on:

  • Creativity: by unleashing our creativity, we enhance engagement and interaction to improve problem-solving.

  • Collaboration: not only our work towards the same vision and mission instill staff with a strong sense of purpose, but also enables us to complement each other’s skills and allocate work to maximize everyone’s strengths.

  • Accountability: we hold ourselves responsible for accomplishing goals, completing assignments, and making decisions.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion: we embrace the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, where our leadership and staff model behavior that enriches our organization, demonstrates respect for all people, and supports opportunities for all staff.

  • Transparency: we understand that when employees deeply trust one another and their leaders, they will be more engaged in their roles because they will not be worried about unfair treatment.

    Project Overview:

  • The anticipated USAID Empowering Communities – Community Engagement project will reduce mortality and morbidity by strengthening the knowledge, skills, ability, and confidence of individuals, households, and communities to make informed decisions and take action to manage their own health and nutrition; nurturing platforms for communities to effectively identify problems and solutions that impact their health; and improving accountability and how the health system engages with citizens and to offer quality health services.

  • Empowering Communities – Community Engagement will be under the Empowered Communities for Better Health Project whose ultimate goal is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and child deaths and the burden of infectious disease.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

  • URC is currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) who will provide the overall strategic direction, technical, administrative and financial oversight, lead program delivery, and provide overall managerial directions for program staff and activities for the anticipated Empowering Communities – Community Engagement project.

  • The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID and the Government of Ethiopia, as well as with technical partners in Ethiopia. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide strategic and technical leadership, consortium management, and administration of the program in alignment with the program’s key objectives and expected outcomes.

  • Provide administrative, programmatic, and managerial oversight to all aspects of the Program to ensure that all interventions are technically sound, appropriate, and executed to
    meet USAID performance standards.

  • Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor project performance to achieve project goals and objectives.

  • Lead annual work planning and budgeting cycles. Oversee the effective implementation of project strategies and activities; completion of deliverables; and achievement of outcomes.

  • Support timely submission of project reports according to agreed deadlines, respond promptly to other ad hoc informational requests by USAID, and report regularly to the USAID Mission to ensure transparency and awareness of program development and implementation, remaining cognizant of issues or challenges as they arise.

  • Ensure close collaboration with the Ministry of Health at the national, regional, and district levels, USAID, and other key stakeholders, implementing partners, and collaborators.

  • Serve as a spokesperson and advocate, represent the project to USG, donors, relevant stakeholders, cooperating agencies, and others.

  • Ensure compliance with USAID/USG rules and organizations, and URC policies.

  • Ensure monitoring and continuous learning and adaptation of project implementation as indicated by project results and in consultation with USAID and URC home office team.

  • Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations and lessons learned.

  • Maintain close working relationships and partnerships with Chiefs of Party of other implementing partners under the Empowered Communities for Better Health Project, Strengthening Health Systems for Universal Health Care Project, and the USAID/Ethiopia’s Health Systems Strengthening Project.

  • Recruit and supervise staff to meet evolving project demands, including management of a roster for technical experts with national and international expertise to contribute to the program as required.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in public health, tropical medicine, epidemiology, health management, or related field; MD or PhD preferred;

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in a leadership/ management role (such as Country Director, COP, DCOP, or Project or Technical Director) for large, complex health projects in developing countries, with at least 5 years of experience working on health programs in Ethiopia; maternal and child health, infectious disease, nutrition, community engagement; and/or clinical quality;

  • Demonstrated success in leading organizations and people with diverse backgrounds and skills sets to achieve results;

  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with senior Government personnel, international organizations, NGO partners, host country governments, and U.S. Government Agencies; and

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and English oral and written communication skills.

    Desired Experience & Qualifications

  • Considerable experience with USAID-funded health programs.

  • Strong strategic planning and diplomacy skills.

  • Demonstrated technical leadership in family health interventions at the community level.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; URC Chief of Party - Proposal Jobs in Ethiopia

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