Chief of Party - Kenya
Full-Time / Regular
The Chief of Party is the Country lead management position for the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) Program, a Cooperative Agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
The Chief of Party provides overall in-country leadership for strategy, management, and program implementation to achieve the PQM+ goal towards sustainably strengthening medical product quality assurance systems.
S)he ensures consistent, effective, and compliant country program operations and the timely delivery of products that meet work plan objectives that are aligned with the priority needs of the country quality assurance systems and stakeholders’ expectations.
The Chief of Party serves as the primary liaison with USAID, relevant government agencies, and key stakeholders to ensure achievement of program deliverables, and to ensure that PQM+ activities complement on-going initiatives.
The Chief of Party will manage a team of staff in achieving program results while maintaining operational excellence. This position is contingent upon funding being awarded.
Roles and Responsibilities
Program leadership and oversight (50%) :
Oversea all human resources and personnel management issues and tasks, including recruitment, onboarding of local staff and performance management to ensure compliance of established policies and procedures
Supervise a team of technical, program management and operations staff and ensure strong communication and coordination with PQM+ management and other relevant USP Rockville-based staff.
Stakeholder engagement (30%) :
Responsible for USAID relationship management, serving as PQM+ representative to USAID mission.
Risk management (20%) :
Reviews and implements USP PQM+ policies, procedures and practices; recommends improvements to processes and controls to improve compliance and mitigate risks
Monitors and promotes compliance within country staff (e.g., through quarterly check-ins focused on issues and risks), flagging and mitigating potential risks early
Proactively raises any risks to USP PQM+ leadership team, helping to identify resolution, and developing strategies to mitigate future issues
Master's degree in a health-related field required
Minimum of 12+ years of professional experience in the successful implementation of donor-funded programs with a minimum of 8 years’ relevant experience leading and managing diverse teams on USAID- funded global health program implementation and project management.
Demonstrated Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and reporting requirements
Deep understanding of pharmaceutical management issues in public health programs and challenges for meeting global health objectives.
PHD in health-related field
Expertise in health systems strengthening preferred.
Physician, pharmacist, or other health profession qualification highly desirable
Extensive experience leading effective, timely, and quality implementation of donor-funded (particularly USAID-funded) global health or international development projects
Significant experience working with high level officials in USAID and country governments
Existing relationships with key donors and implementing partners working on health and pharmaceutical systems strengthening preferred
Strong people management skills, including of virtual, matrixed teams
Excellent client relationship management skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work in cross-cultural settings.
Ability to demonstrate highest degree of ethics and integrity.
Ability to travel up to 25% time.
Job Category Global Public Health