Chief of Party, Zimbabwe MNCH Health Systems Strengthening

Population Services International
  • Location
    Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 16

Position description

PSI seeks a Chief of Party that will be responsible for leading successful project implementation throughout the project lifecycle from start-up to close-out. Accountable for delivery of all aspects of the projects, including technical implementation, financial and administrative compliance and oversight and supervision of project staff. 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 also 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:
    • Lead data-informed and insight-driven program design and implementation and administrative oversight of the program, including compliance from start up through routine and annual work planning and reporting to closeout, working in harmony with funder counterparts;
    • Coordinate all project staff and activities, including financial management, expenditure analysis and reporting versus budget.
  • 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:
    • Oversee quality implementation, strengthening the capacity for Ministry-led coordination and implementation at all system levels and across system pillars;
    • Ensure responsive, evidence-based, and client-centered programming and decision making;
    • Oversee program monitoring, evaluation, and learning, including effective knowledge management and dissemination of results in local and international fora.
  • External Representation. 10% of the Time:
    • Oversee sub granting and subrecipient management and monitoring with consortium partners;
    • Work closely with the Government of Zimbabwe and other relevant institutions to ensure buy-in and sustainability of the interventions by the close of the program;
    • Ensure strategic alignment of project objectives to country priorities.
  • 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 principal institutional liaison to USAID, the Government of Zimbabwe, and other key stakeholders.


  • Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field (e.g., MD, MSc, MBA, MPA, MPH), or equivalent;
  • At least 10 years of related experience managing budgets and international public health programs. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted;
  • At least 5 years of supervisory experience;
  • At least 7 years program management for global health projects in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) preferred, including COP or DCOP key personnel experience on a USAID or donor funded program or equivalent with another funder;
  • 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. Passion for building technical, management and leadership capacity of direct staff, partners, and system players;
  • 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. Fluency in English with excellent writing skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in health system strengthening in a similar setting;
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience;
  • Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work effectively with government officials, partners, donors, and stakeholders at high levels.

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