Chief of Party, Ethiopia Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Population Services International
Closing date: 19 Nov 2021


Chief of Party (COP), Project Director, Single-Country

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

10-25% international travel

Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Not applicable

Reports to Country Representative

Who we are

Population Services International (PSI) is the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 5,000 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 40 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using its global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

Join us!

PSI seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) to lead the management, coordination, and reporting of all activities under an anticipated 5-year USAID funded project in Ethiopia. The project will work on public health emergency management (PHEM) in Ethiopia.

PSI seeks a COP that will be responsible for leading successful project implementation throughout the project lifecycle from start-up to close-out. The COP should have significant leadership and management experience, a demonstrated track record in successfully managing government, donor, and emergency management, a commitment to capacity building, and experience successfully conducting and implementing USAID-funded projects of similar size and scope. Accountable for delivery of all aspects of the projects, including technical implementation, meeting annual work plan goals, financial and administrative compliance and oversight and supervision of project staff. Act as the main point of contact with USAID and other stakeholders involved in program implementation. Ensure that program is represented in national technical, policy, and planning forums with USAID and the Government of Ethiopia. This position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Oversee project team to ensure that country level implementation is provided with a high standard of excellence, achieving its set goals and targets and within budget. Provide high level technical thought leadership and has the managerial capacity to strategically manage risk, monitor finances and ensure each phase of work is started or completed on time. Responsible for using evidence to improve project design and implementation. As the leader of a single-country project, liaise with national stakeholders, such as Ministry of Health officials. Primary point of contact for the project donor and assures the strategic alignment of the project with PSI Global Strategy.


Your contributions

  • Program Leadership & Management, including financial oversight, compliance, and management of a consortium of partners (if applicable). 35% of the Time
  • People Management 15% of the Time
  • Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management and Technical Leadership on the project (unless the project has a Technical Director). 15% of the Time
  • External Representation. 10% of the Time
    • Build relationships and capacity among partners.
    • Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with donors, implementing partners, and government entities.
  • Internal Representation and coordination. 10% of the Time
  • Fundraising (with non-project funds). 5% of the Time
  • Donor Liaison. 10% of the Time
    • Serve as the main point of contact/representative for the project to USAID.
    • Ensure the effective use and coordination of USAID resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with USAID standards.Ensure high-quality periodic reporting in line with USAID requirements.

Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. Qualifications

What are we looking for?

-Master's Degree (or international equivalent) MSc, MPH, MBA, MHA, MPA or equivalent
-At least 10 years related work experience in public health or related field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted.
-At least 5 years supervisory experience.
-At least 7 years program management for global health projects in low or middle-income countries (LMICs) preferred.
-At least 5 years in the relevant technical field of the project preferred.
-At least 3 years living and working in LMICs preferred.
-Proven success in management of complex operations, under specific donor awards and procedures, in a challenging, developing country environment.
-Ability to manage agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements, including sub-grants management.
-Ability to monitor and assess performance of self, other individuals, and / or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
-Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills, with emphasis on the ability to operationalize and oversee the execution of workplans.
-Strong leadership skills, with a demonstrated ability to collaborate and work across teams and roles. Ability to persuade and motivate people and teams.
-Experience developing capacity of government entities, staff, and other organizations.
-Demonstrated experience in managing government and donor relations.
-Ability to work effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural context.
-Strong written and oral communication skills.
-Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work effectively with government officials, partners, donors, and stakeholders at high levels.

-Recognized expertise in public health emergency managements at community and facility levels.

-Working knowledge of and experience with USG funded activity management, policies, and procedures.

-Familiarity with the National public health emergency management strategies, priorities, and approaches a plus.

The candidate we hire will embody PSI's corporate values:

Measurement:You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You'll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won't be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty:You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it's the only way you'll learn and improve.
Collaboration:You'll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won't succeed.
Trust:You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
Commitment:You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.

References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.
ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: or call (202)785-0072.


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