VectorLink Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development.


Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

Abt Associates, a major American business and government research, technical assistance, and consulting company, manages the USAID-funded Vector Control Task Order 1. Task Order 1 will support the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID to plan and implement an integrated vector control approach with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria.

Abt has implemented indoor residual spraying (IRS) for PMI since 2011, delivering high-quality IRS programs and gathering the most comprehensive vector control entomological data in the world. Under this contract,

Abt will expand entomological monitoring to guide programs focused on insecticide-treated mosquito nets and IRS and continue to assist PMI in reducing the burden of malaria through IRS and capacity building in 22 African countries where malaria is endemic. Abt also will continue to support PMI in IRS monitoring and evaluation, as well as environmental compliance.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represents Abt Associates and the PMI VectorLink Project to the PMI Advisor of the USAID Mission, the NMCP, county public health officials, and other key stakeholders.
  • Carries full authority and accountability for project decisions, as delegated by the U.S.-based Project Director.
  • Sets and pursues a results-oriented program strategy in coordination with the project team and in consultation with USAID, other partners and stakeholders.
  • Leads the development and production of all deliverables, including annual country work plans, semi-annual reports, and End-of-Spray reports.
  • Ensures that all country planning activities, spray operations, technical compliance measures, and other deliverables are achieved in a timely manner.
  • Develops a capacity-building plan for transferring IRS knowledge and skills to local institutions, and develops important connections for assuring an increased role of local institutions in IRS campaign planning, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Ensures that gender initiatives increase the participation of women at all levels and in all aspects of IRS programming, and ensure their safety.
  • Supervises and mentors the Operations
    Manager, F&A Manager, Technical Manager and others as needed.
  • Ensures that staff, team members and consultants understand their roles and responsibilities and comply with contract requirements, USAID and Abt policies and procedures.
  • Oversees the development and timely implementation of monitoring plans for all project activities and ensures that data required for USAID performance benchmarks and results frameworks are produced.
  • Ensures that project budget projections, expenditure, tracking and reporting are in accordance with USAID and Abt Associates requirements, procedures and practices.
  • Ensures that lessons learned and best practices are documented and shared.

    Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master Degree (minimum), or a Doctorate Degree (desirable), in Public Health/Health Administration (or other relevant health specialization) or Business Administration.
  • Candidates with Medical Degrees are also desirable.
  • 10 - 15 years of relevant international health experience, including significant experience in the area of malaria prevention and control.
  • Experience in the geographic/cultural region of the project is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of senior project management experience in large international health projects/programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership in management skills and ability to lead and motivate multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, ranging from 10 to 30 employees.
  • Experience managing a fast paced, results oriented, deadline driven project.
  • Significant ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with USAID, ministry officials, and other development partners.
  • Experience developing and communicating a project vision, aligning key stakeholders around the vision, and assuring the vision is translated into efficiently implemented program activities.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Ability to communicate and write reports and other professional documents in English.


    Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 30th May, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; VectorLink Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya

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