Monday, January 30, 2017

Management Sciences for Health,Chief of Party/Country Representative Jobs in Rwanda

Closing date: 28 Feb 2017


The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for the leadership, oversight, administration, supervision, management, monitoring, and evaluation of the project’s performance and for the achievement of required project results. The COP provides strategic leadership and bears primary re
sponsibility for the achievement of project technical objectives, the effective management and development of staff, and for the timely and accurate fulfillment of the administrative and reporting requirements specified in the agreement. In addition, the RHSS COP will provide specific technical leadership in the areas of policy dialogue and ongoing health sector reform, and capacity development and transfer to local institutions.
As such, the COP determines the specific tactical and strategic responsibilities allocated to the technical and operational staff; ensures a project structure that facilitates information flow and work completion; provides and sustains an overall vision of success that fully engages stakeholders and staff in the fulfillment of this vision; and takes the actions necessary to ensure the project receives ratings of 3 and higher on USAID performance evaluations. The COP is the official representative of the contractor and maintains communication between all relevant parties, including appropriate officials from USAID, and the Cognizant Technical Officer (CTO) and Contracting Officer (CO) assigned to this contract. S/he will work to ensure that the project activities are supported and implemented to attain the intended results. The COP also oversees project start-up and closeout phases, and ensures compliance with USAID regulations.

Specific Responsibilities

Vision, Strategy, and Planning (5%)
  • Ensure congruence of values, mission, strategy, structure, systems, and daily actions.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of strategies and work plans that focus on integrated health systems strengthening, sustainability, feasibility, cost effectiveness, capacity transfer, and achievement of the required results. Assure integration of technical strategies with each other, and with the overall operational strategy of the project.
  • Ensure that all work planning is completed effectively with counterparts and partner organizations and that annual work plans are submitted on time per the terms of the MSH Cooperative Agreement with USAID Rwanda.
Project Management/Implementation/Delivery of Technical Results (35%)
  • Provide overall leadership of the team and direction of all technical and administrative operations under the Agreement. Take the lead in responding to changes in the environment and making decisions on reallocation of program resources, adjusting functional and reporting relationships as appropriate.
  • Provide specific technical leadership in health system strengthening policy dialogue and capacity development initiatives.
  • Ensure high-quality, within-budget, and on-time delivery of the interim and final results required by the donor. In collaboration with USAID, partners and key stakeholders (including the MOH), periodically evaluate progress towards the completion of project deliverables to verify alignment with strategic directions and defined targets.
  • Ensure that the program has adequate staff to carry out high-quality work, and that staff are recruited and hired in accordance with local, donor and MSH requirements.
  • Ensure collaboration with partners, donor, and stakeholder representatives.
  • Serve as a technical resource in area(s) of expertise as time allows.
  • Provide for and ensure that project field offices have adequate security and emergency plans in place. The operational elements of the development, implementation and dissemination of the plans may be delegated, but overall responsibility for the security and safety of MSH personnel and property remains with the COP.
  • Quality assurance - Ensure the integration, consistency, and high quality of the direct and subcontracted work under the project.
Relationship Management (20%)
  • Cultivate, manage, and strengthen positive, productive relationships with USAID, partners, Ministry of Health, other governmental agencies, other cooperating agencies, and NGOs, etc.
  • Serve as the primary representative of MSH with, and liaison between, USAID, MOH, and other collaborating agencies on all administrative and financial matters related to the project.
  • Ensure consistently effective, timely responses to donor and other key stakeholder inquiries and concerns.
  • Together with the MSH/US office, maintain good working relationships with all partners and subcontractors to ensure that the project receives the full benefit from their specific areas of expertise.
Financial Management (15%)
  • Together with the Director, Operations & Finance, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the Agreement. Ensure there is sufficient financial staff for disbursing all local costs under this project, monitoring and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports of project expenditures for submission to USAID.
  • Monitors budgets and control costs based on sound financial and accounting principles, MSH guidelines, and USAID requirements.
Supervision (20%)
  • Supervise direct reports with particular focus on their key tasks and project deliverables. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, meeting with supervisees on a regular basis to discuss issues, track work progress, provide guidance and support, and ensure consistent quality of work performed; conducting performance planning and reviews; communicating, implementing and assuring adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines and values; developing staff skills and knowledge; approving time sheets; and facilitating supervisee success whenever possible.
  • Ensure existence across the Project of adequate supervisor-employee relationships that support professional development and mentoring, and address problems in a timely manner.
  • Manage and supervise the Project Staff in the identification of all project technical assistance needs required to achieve the expected outputs of the Agreement, develop suitable scopes of work, recruit consultants, and execute technical assistance contracts. Supervise the work and assess the performance of all long-term and short-term advisors and consultants.
Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)
  • Oversee continued evolution of a project monitoring and evaluation plan, and guide the implementation of that plan throughout the project.
  • Oversee the selection and utilization of appropriate indicators that are directly linked to measure and report progress against required results.
  • As needed, ensure the establishment of baseline measures for all indicators.
  • Ensure appropriate, timely, and accurate monitoring and evaluation of people and project work.
  • Ensure that project reports are completed and submitted on time and with high quality. Oversee the documentation of the results and lessons learned from this project, and the dissemination of this information within and beyond the project.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Management, Public or Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Doctor of Medicine in Public Health, Health Management, Public or Business Administration, or a related field.
  • At least 8 years’ successful prior experience working with national and local governments on the development and/or implementation of complex health programs in the developing world required.
  • Demonstrated success as the Chief of Party of a comparable multi-dimensional USAID project in an environment of rapid reform. Management of professional and financial resources on a similar scale preferred.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of USAID regulations and administrative procedures.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experience, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Commitment to working closely with MSH/USA and partner organizations on a collaborative basis.
  • Established track record with both professional and popular publications, as well as social media, preferred.
Project-Specific Experience
  • Previous experience in Rwanda or a similarly challenging environment in Africa.
  • Significant previous experience in the implementation of health systems strengthening programs and institutional capacity transfer to local institutions in the field preferred.
  • Successful prior experience in policy and advocacy projects in a developing country, preferably with experience working with multi-sector agencies in health systems strengthening, especially in the technical areas of leadership and governance; health care financing; decentralization and evidence-based planning; quality assurance and public-private partnerships.
  • Sensitivity to and knowledge of gender issues, country ownership and sustainability.
Knowledge and Skils
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building abilities. Proven ability to work in matrix reporting relationships and in multicultural/multidisciplinary team environments.
  • Proven leadership skills in working and collaborating with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge familiarity with USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Aligned with MSH mission and values.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda required. French desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with senior colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, CAs, and donor organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated management experience with proven ability to communicate well with, motivate, guide, and direct all levels of staff. Hands-on senior staff supervision experience required.
  • High level capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings, complex environment and fragile states.
  • Demonstrated leadership level organizational, managerial and supervisory, skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships, work well as part of a team, and to incorporate views of other disciplines into his or her work.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
Core MSH Competencies
·         Navigating the Environment:
·         Country perspective and orientation, donor responsiveness, partner collaboration and collegiality, dealing with ambiguity, organizational agility, political and strategic agility
·         Ensuring Delivery of Results:
·         Functional/Technical skills, client (donor and country) focus, managing through procedures, measuring work in terms of effort and progress, negotiating positions in terms of beliefs and principles, information sharing within and across the project partnership, process and work management adheres to then prime contractor’s leadership, procedures and practice. Priority-setting supports activity requests and schedules, with necessary problem-solving and timely decision-making.
·         Leading with Credibility:
·         Based on extensive international public health experience within countries and international organizations.
·         Managing Others:
·         Building Effective Teams and Collegiality across partners and within country activities, Conflict management through collaborative pursuit of products and objectives, managing and supporting agreed visions and purpose, demonstrated integrity and trust through total transparency. Motivating others through example and productivity. Full approachability and development of direct rapport with others.
·         Core Personal Competencies:
·         Maintain highest ethics and values. Style of work is based on proven principles of public health and effective technical cooperation, integrity and trust, Ability to listen to partners and clients. High level of professional verbal and written communication.
·         Core MSH Competencies:
·         Adaptability to changing leadership and organization. Responsive communications within and across the organization and partnership. Problem-solving through collaboration and collegiality. Creativity and innovation in support of organization and project success. Generate highest quantity, quality and timeliness of Work while maintaining close team relationships. Maximize effective human and financial resource utilization.
Physical Demands
  • Basic office functions: Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.
  • Ability to travel 30% of the time primarily within Rwanda.
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