• Chief of Party

    Job Locations ZM
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/22/2019 2:18 PM)
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  • PACT Overview

    At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


    Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

    Position Overview

    Pact is recruiting a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming five-year, USAID-funded vulnerable children and adolescents (VCA) program – Service Delivery for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (SDVCA). SDCVA seeks to improve the resilience and health outcomes of vulnerable households in four provinces in Zambia with the highest HIV burdens while strengthening the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s (GRZ) social protection platform so that the GRZ eventually provides the majority of services to VCA. The program is intended to provide evidence-based services that will deliver measurable results for VCA and their caregivers in the following activities:

    1. Health: Improve children and adolescents’ access to health services with a focus on high impact HIV services
    2. Education Support: Increase school access, attendance, and progression of VCA
    3. Psychosocial Care and Support: Structured, evidence-based interventions that support VCA to build self-efficacy and enable them to navigate the social and psychological vulnerabilities of adolescence, especially those focused on sexual and reproductive health and prevention of HIV and sexual violence
    4. Household Economic Strengthening (HES): Structured, evidence-based interventions that reduce the economic vulnerability of families, strengthen their resilience, an empower them to provide for the essential needs of the household
    5. Child Protection: Prevent and respond to child abuse, neglect, and exploitation, with particular focus on prevention of sexual violence for 9-14-year-old adolescents
    6. Capacity Building: Capacity-building and systems strengthening interventions


    The COP will provide overall technical expertise (e.g., OVC/HIV/social welfare), operational, and financial leadership and oversight for the project and will serve as the primary liaison with USAID, the GRZ, Pact headquarters in DC (HQ), and relevant project stakeholders. The COP is responsible for achieving the project’s goals, objectives, and strategy, directing the entire project team, and managing the critical relationship with local and international partners and other key stakeholder sin coordination with partners, USAID and HQ. This position is contingent upon award.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Provide overall management, strategic direction, and leadership to the project to achieve expected project goals and results within budget and timeframe.
    • Provide technical leadership to project staff and partners throughout the implementation of project strategies to ensure effective integration of project’s objectives among partner organizations.
    • Lead the technical design and create a realistic and donor-responsive timeline and continuously evaluate project progress towards achieving program’s strategic goals.
    • Maintain a strong and extensive network with key in-country partners and stakeholders and ensure that the project is represented on appropriate steering and advisory groups.
    • Provide oversight for the project’s financial management and procurement systems and ensure that they are in line with Pact policies and procedures and USG/USAID rules and regulations.
    • Utilize an inclusive, participatory approach while developing and updating the project strategic plan, ensuring programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with the GRZ and community objectives
    • Serve as the principal liaison with USAID, responsible for reporting program results to USAID and cultivating and maintaining a positive relationship with USAID staff.
    • Hire, supervise, and mentor project staff.
    • Other tasks as required to achieve the Program Objectives and Expected Results.

    Basic Requirements

    • A Master’s degree or higher in public health or a relevant discipline
    • Minimum of 13 years of experience, including 8 years of management experience with progressively increasing responsibility working in HIV prevention, strengthening social services, or related fields in sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships and to work collaboratively with host government agencies, donors, civil society, and CBOs.
    • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and communicate a shared vision to diverse partners and foster collaboration across a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Prior experience managing PEPFAR and USAID-funded cooperative agreements or contracts.
    • Professional experience in sub-Saharan Africa is required

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Zambian work experience preferred. Zambian National preferred.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of PEPFAR objectives and Journey to Self-Reliance
    • Specific experience working with HIV testing and SRH service delivery and understanding of community and government social protection structures; Zambia context preferred


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