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In 1965, Clark Abt expressed a single, noble goal—to create a world free of war and poverty. The visionary set to work establishing Abt Associates. Over the next half century, the company became known as a bold, innovative and effective agent of social change, committed to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. Today, Abt Associates continues to be a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators
The International Health Division is committed to the improvement of health and healthcare delivery around the world. Serving both the public and private sectors, our efforts include health policy research and evaluation, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. Our impact is felt in policies that ensure healthcare access for women, children, and individuals with special needs, in strengthening health infrastructures, and HIV/AIDS solutions.
Abt Associates seeks a Chief of Party for an upcoming USAID-funded malaria control program in Nigeria. The program will focus on health systems strengthening, malaria in pregnancy, and case management in a number of states across the country.
The Chief of Party (COP) provides leadership, management, and strategic direction for the entire project. This position is responsible for guiding senior technical staff and for ensuring the responsiveness and quality of work along with efficient use of resources and achievement of results. The COP has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, resource allocation and personnel issues. The COP will be accountable for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project. In carrying out these responsibilities the COP works in partnership with USAID, national, state and local government agencies and officials, national state, local and community organizations, other partners, and project staff.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Provides strategic direction and technical leadership to produce project results and deliverables, and overall management of the operational, financial, and administrative aspects of the project;
- Functions as the primary liaison between USAID, federal and state ministries of health, and other partners and stakeholders;
- Creates management systems in line with Abt standard operating procedures consistent with the needs of the project;
- Designs and oversees an annual project cycle in accordance with the USAID annual planning cycle;
- Works with staff and partners to translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans;
- Directs and oversees planning and budgeting processes. Prepares quarterly and annual project activity reports as specified in the contract;
- Monitors the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high quality work and internal control;
- Supervises the work and assesses the performance of all long term and short term advisors, consultants and staff;
- Clarifies roles, delegates responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicates expectations for staff contribution to project activities;
- Manages and supervises project staff and partners in the identification of all the project’s technical assistance needs, development of suitable scopes of work, recruitment of consultants, and execution of technical assistance contracts;
- Maintains productive working relationships with USAID, relevant federal and state ministries, project partners and key counterparts, and reports to the Portfolio Manager in Abt Associates’ home office.
Preferred Skills / Prerequisites
- Master’s degree with at least 15 years of senior-level international project management experience in designing, implementing and managing large, complex health programs in developing countries, particularly as related to malaria control.
- Prior experience successfully implementing donor-funded programs with wide geographic reach.
- Significant experience in Nigeria, including thorough knowledge of specific health priorities, is required.
- Deep knowledge of geo-political, ethnic, cultural, and other factors affecting programming in Nigeria.
- Expertise in programming in malaria control programs or other relevant technical area required.
- Ability to liaise effectively with and develop consensus among key stakeholders, including USAID, national and local officials, public, private and civil society partners to assure effective collaboration among stakeholders.
- Experience developing project vision, aligning key stakeholders around that vision, and assuring that the vision is translated into implementable strategies.
- Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, manage complex programs, and ensure that project staff adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness.
- USAID project experience or other relevant development partner experience required.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Willingness to travel within the project states in Nigeria, for project management functions.
- (15+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. This experience would include 1-5 years of management experience.
Method of Application
Interested and suitably qualified candidates should visit ABT Associate's Career Page