Chief of Party - Proposal

  • University Research Co., LLC (URC)
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 05/10/2021
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Chief of Party - Proposal
  Travel:              Regular visits to work locations within Uganda and occasional trips abroad will be expected
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.
Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.
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Project Overview:
The anticipated Uganda Malaria Control Activity will strengthen the local capacity for malaria prevention and treatment, as well as ownership of health issues at the community and household levels. The project will also maintain gains made at the health facility level in focus districts. This activity will also seek to improve private sector engagement and surveillance and strengthen the existing linkages between community health services/community-level leadership and facilities/District Health Teams to increase the ability to prevent, detect, and treat malaria in households. 
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Chief of Party (COP) will provide the overall strategic direction and technical oversight for USAID Uganda Malaria Control Activity and will also have the primary responsibility for liaising with USAID and other stakeholders in Uganda. As part of overseeing and ensuring successful program implementation, the COP is expected to set the technical vision and approach along with managing multiple project teams and consortium members. The COP will also safeguard the project’s and organization’s resources by complying with award terms and conditions, USAID, and all other applicable policies and regulations mitigating risks of fraud, waste and abuse in all aspects of project operations and administration.
The COP’s roles and responsibilities also include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Responsible for the technical leadership and managerial oversight in the design and implementation of project strategy in alignment with the project’s key objectives and expected outcomes;
  • Provide overall support during program implementation, with emphasis on technical components, including overseeing key personnel, technical project support, and all sub-awardees;
  • Design and oversee annual project planning cycle to develop comprehensive annual work plans, detailed implementation plans and results reporting for the project;
  • Ensure efficient function in administrative and financial processes and in full compliance with URC’s standards, protocols, guidelines and processes ensuring maintenance of adequate internal controls;
  • 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 close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and USAID, as well as other implementing partners and collaborators;
  • Report regularly to the USAID Mission to ensure transparency and awareness of project development and implementation, remaining cognizant of issues or challenges as they arise;
  • Represent the project at meetings with funders, MOH officials, roundtables, working groups, conferences;
  • Contribute to overall knowledge management strategies through demonstrative thought leadership and participation at senior levels of influence to strategically direct funding and investments at the local, country, regional and global level;
  • Maintain close working relationships and partnerships with other Chiefs of Party within Uganda and globally;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned and/or agreed upon with the supervisor/HQ. 
Minimum Qualifications:
Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health/Health Administration, social sciences or a related field;
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in a leadership/management role (such as COP, DCOP Project Director) for large comprehensive and complex international development assistance in malaria or other health programs in sub-Saharan Africa
  • High level of interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Excellent skills and experience in collaborative working relationships with senior level government leadership and internal teams, partners, donors, host country institutions, and other international organizations;
  • Previous experience working on US government programs will be considered an asset.
  • Strong demonstrable experience and knowledge in multiple/various technical approaches such as, but not limited to, QI/QA, M/R&E, HIV/PMTCT, HSS, SBCC, MNCH, and service delivery/clinical training;
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage for results. 
Desired Experience & Qualifications
  • Licensed Doctor of Medicine, or Ph.D. in public health, medicine, social sciences or a related field is an advantage;
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures are desirable;
  • Strong strategic planning and diplomacy skills;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to international locations, as needed;
  • Excellent negotiation skills with demonstrated capacity for negotiating with senior government officials or executives.
Please note: this position is contingent upon securing award.
To Apply:      
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at
You must attach your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well. 
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.
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