Job Description

Over the past 40 years, Medical Care Development International (MCDI) has worked to strengthen health systems through integrated, sustainable and locally driven interventions across several public health sectors. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholders to improve health and save lives in the following areas: malaria control; maternal, neonatal and Child Health; water, sanitation, and hygiene; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; Zika; and other Communicable Diseases. MCDI is currently seeking candidates to serve as the Chief of Party (Project Director) for the anticipated, five-year USAID-funded Liberia Community Health Activity. The Project aims to expand quality health and WASH services and increase the uptake of key high-impact interventions through a well-coordinated and fully functional community health program. Activities will include prevention and treatment of malaria; expanded Family Planning, nutrition, and immunization services; and maternal, neonatal, and child health interventions. The Chief of Party (COP) has overall responsibility to lead and manage the project and is accountable for all project deliverables and results, with full accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project including: vision and technical strategy; project management; documentation and communication; client and stakeholder relationships; and Coordination and synergy with other MCDI projects. This is a key position on the project team and is contingent upon award to MCDI. Essential Job Functions:
  • Responsible for the overall performance and results of the project, including day-to-day oversight and management of activities and technical, operational, and administrative personnel

  • Provide strategic leadership, vision, and direction to the project and the MCDI-led consortium for successful project implementation

  • Serve as MCDI’s project representative in Liberia with regular interface with USAID, Government of Liberia (GoL) counterparts, local organizations, other donor-funded projects, and participating or technically aligned organizations

  • Monitor program activities against targets ensuring compliance with project planning documents, and make adjustments to ensure client and stakeholder expectations are met

  • Develop and oversee implementation of all project planning activities, including work planning, staffing, M&E, and financial among others

  • Ensure quality and timely completion of project deliverables including reporting to USAID through monthly, quarterly, annual and ad-hoc program and financial reports

  • Directly supervise senior technical and administrative personnel, as well as short term technical assistance provided by consultants and MCDI staff

  • Supervise financial monitoring and oversight to ensure project expenses are reasonable and in accordance with USAID and MCDI rules and regulations and national laws

  • Conduct regular financial reviews and analyses of program spending to ensure cost-effectiveness and value for money

  • As appropriate, ensure collaboration and coordination with other USAID and non-USAID implementing partners and programs

  • Ensure proactive and regular dissemination of project results and successes, in addition to overseeing other strategic communications as relevant

  • Represent the project on behalf of MCDI in national, regional, and international meetings and conferences (as appropriate)

  • Ensure participatory and gender sensitive processes are promoted

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience Required:
  • Advanced degree in public health, health systems, Health Policy, international development, or related field

  • Significant experience in similar senior management roles leading technical and administrative teams for complex health projects of similar scope in Sub-Saharan African countries absolutely required

  • Strong background and experience related to the management of integrated Health Programs, health systems strengthening, health system reform, policy Analysis, and advocacy, or strategic planning for health in developing country settings

  • Extensive experience in client and stakeholder management, developing project work plans, budgets, and managing project implementation

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and communications skills

  • Experience leading donor-funded projects in Liberia or elsewhere in West Africa, preferably USG or USAID-funded

  • Demonstrated understanding of USAID administrative, management, and reporting policies, procedures, and systems

  • Fluency in English required

  • Ability to be based in Monrovia, Liberia with frequent domestic travel

  • Preference will be given to qualified local national candidates

Location: Monrovia, Liberia Schedule: Full-time Grade 11 Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Compensation will be based on USAID FSN scales.
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