Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women's lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Chief of Party
Pathfinder is currently looking for a Chief of Party (COP)/Project Director to provide overall strategic leadership as well as technical and operational oversight for an upcoming 5-year USAID-funded program. The primary focus of this global program will be to improve access to and quality of safe surgical care within maternal health and family planning programs in USAID priority countries through the use and scale-up of evidence-based MNCH/FP/RH service delivery interventions and best practices. Specifically, the goal of the project will be to increase awareness of, equitable access to, and quality of: (1) medically-indicated Caesarian delivery, (2) childbirth-related hysterectomy, (3) obstetric and iatrogenic fistula, and (4) voluntary LARCs and PMs.
The COP will have an appropriate balance of technical, program management, and interpersonal skills and experience. In addition, s/he must have extensive experience with and understanding of the conceptual framework in applying evidence-based MNCH/FP/RH interventions and strengthening MNCH/FP/RH service delivery.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
Key Job Outcomes:
Oversees and provides strategic direction of all project activities ensuring that programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with USAID priorities.
Ensures that project performance objectives and mandates are implemented in a timely fashion and meet donor's requirements.
Serves as the Project's main point of contact to USAID, host country government agencies and partners, and counterparts. Cultivates and strengthens positive, productive relationships.
With USAID, leads outreach out to priority country Missions to explore interest in MOMENTUM Round 3a buy-in.
Participates in country co-creation activities to ensure alignment between global-level and country-level plans, priorities, roles, and expectations.
In collaboration with the Project Management Team, establishes and maintains financial and grants operations, ensuring compliance with Pathfinder's policy and USAID contract provisions.
Conducts monthly reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of programmatic and financial deliverables.
Ensures systems are established to measure accomplishments, track work in progress and use of project resources, and evaluate impact of services provided by implementing partners.
Establishes and oversees relationships with subcontractors, resource partners, private sector partners, and collaborators (including other MOMENTUM Round implementers) to create synergy and ensure that project responsibilities are carried out in accordance with donor requirements and regulations.
Works with Project staff and team members' long-term advisors to design and operationalize an annual project planning cycle based on comprehensive, integrated annual project workplans and budgets.
Actively participates in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Pathfinder
Works successfully with Pathfinder's Headquarters financial, technical, and operations officers by providing accurate and timely reporting and updates on the project progress.
Has a master's degree or higher in public health, healthcare, international development, or a related field, with at least fifteen (15) years' experience in international health programming, including at least ten (10) years' experience in senior-level management positions and experience leading large and complex projects primarily focused on integrated service delivery of MNCH/FP/RH programs in developing countries.
Extensive experience interacting closely with government agencies, host-country governments and counterparts, and international donor agencies.
Has demonstrated experience in effectively engaging partners and managing multi-partner consortia;
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with USAID policies, rules and regulations
Demonstrated track record in managing for results;
Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of MNCH/FP/RH;
Demonstrated international credibility as a leader on matters of designing, implementing, and strengthening integrated health service delivery, training, supervision and quality improvement systems;
Demonstrated leadership, management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills, with proven ability to liaise effectively with and collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including global (WHO, UNICEF, FP2020, Gavi, etc), regional (WAHO, ADB, etc.), national, local, public and private partners.
Strong interpersonal speaking and writing skills in English; proficiency in additional foreign languages highly preferred.
Willingness to travel extensively.
Willingness to support Pathfinder's Mission.
Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.