Chief of Party, Benin Health Systems Strengthening Activity
Based in Cotonou, Benin
10-25% international travel
Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Not Approved
Reports to Country Representative, Benin
Who we are
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 4,500 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 35 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using its global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social et la Communication pour la Santé (ABMS), a PSI network member, works to make health products and services available and accessible for Benin’s low income and vulnerable populations. ABMS’ projects create a synergy between social marketing and communication to change behaviors, making it easier for consumers to access life-saving health products and services. Established in 1994, ABMS has continued PSI’s commitment to building the capacity of local, mission-driven organizations capable of decentralized initiatives and decision-making.
PSI seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated Health Systems Strengthening Activity funded by USAID in Benin, who will 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.
-Program Leadership & Management, including financial oversight, compliance, and management of a consortium of partners (if applicable). 35% of the Time
-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
-External Representation. 10% of the Time
-Internal Representation and coordination. 10% of the Time
-Fundraising (with non-project funds). 5% of the Time
-Donor Liaison. 10% of the Time
Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change.
What are we looking for?
-Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) MSc, MPH, MBA, MHA, MPA or equivalent
-At least 10 years related work experience in public health or related field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted.
-At least 5 years supervisory experience.
-At least 7 years program management for global health projects in West or Central Africa preferred.
-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. Familiar with USG financial and reporting standards.
-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.
-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 in French and English.
-Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work effectively with government officials, partners, donors, and stakeholders at high levels.
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
**Measurement:**You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
**Honesty:**You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
**Collaboration:**You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
**Trust:**You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
**Commitment:**You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.
References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
PSI has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to provide a hazard free employment and work environment in our commitment to our employees. Candidates offered a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to their start date and their employment will be contingent on this. Candidates needing a medical or religious accommodation should let their recruiter know.
PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.
ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: [email protected] or call (202)785-0072.
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