Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) - Proposal

  • University Research Co., LLC (URC)
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • 05/10/2021
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Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
Travel: Regular visits to work locations within Uganda
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 Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) is responsible for providing high level strategic leadership, guidance, oversight and supervision of the design, implementation, monitoring of project-supported high quality, high-impact interventions to support the implementation of activities under the Uganda Malaria Control project. S/he will have relevant technical expertise and experience; solid professional reputation; and program management expertise. S/he will mentor and supervise a team of other senior level professionals who manage the different program components. He/she he will support the Chief of Party in project management functions including representing the project at meetings with USAID, Ministry of Health and counterparts within the regions and districts.
The responsibilities of the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) fall into two categories: Technical Support and Oversight and Management Support:
Technical Support:
• Take the lead in the rapidly evolving design, implementation and tracking of malaria activities, using a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach as well as ensuring adherence to relevant national policies and guidelines;
• Supervise and provide ongoing strategic leadership and technical guidance to the project team to effectively provide program implementation support to cluster, district, facility-based and community-based teams.
• Working closely with other team members to design and lead technical understanding of initiatives to strengthen capacity of districts, healthcare facilities and respective communities to deliver high quality, high-impact health interventions and services.
• Ensure the project’s malaria activities are informed by evidence, are well-coordinated and demonstrate clear direction towards Government of Uganda and USAID/PMI performance targets;
• Oversee and ensure appropriate technical support is provided by the project to cluster and district teams, including DHMTs, to effectively support service provider teams in facilities and communities to deliver quality malaria control interventions;
• Work closely with other project senior, mid-level management and field teams as well as district and service provider teams to routinely use QI methods to address service delivery performance gaps;
• Be actively involved in donor and government-sponsored malaria technical working group meetings and other fora; making technical presentations as needed;
Oversight and Management Support:
• Supervise and appraise assigned staff.
• Support the Chief of Party in budget tracking, review and approval of requests, purchases and reports.
• Coordinate with key project counterparts including USAID, MOH, regions, districts, URC home office staff and implementing partners in Uganda.
• Contribute to the development of annual workplans, reports and other deliverables to USAID.
• Coordinate development of knowledge management products including success stories, technical briefs and abstracts for national and international conferences.
• Serve as Acting Chief of Party when he/she is away on annual leave or other engagements as requested, including oversight for other departments.
• Participate in business development activities.
• Perform any other responsibilities assigned by supervisor.
Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Post-graduate degree in Public Health/Health Administration, social sciences or a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional working experience in strengthening service delivery systems in malaria in Uganda;  ideally working closely with central and district local governments to design, implement and monitor related public health interventions;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the Ugandan health care system, particularly the public health system (district health services) and good knowledge of relevant community support structures.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills and oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Previous experience working on US government programs will be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage for results.
Desired Experience & Qualifications
  • Experience with USAID, PEPFAR, PMI and or other donor projects.
  • Experience collaborating and developing partnerships with Ministries of Health/National Programs, districts, local governments, donors, NGOs, and/or other stakeholders on malaria initiatives in alignment with national strategic plans.
  • Experience in managing quality improvement interventions and technical/institutional capacity building programs. 
Please note: this position is contingent upon securing award. 
To Apply:  
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at  
You must upload 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. 
URC is an E-Verify Employer  
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