Save the Children is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-Côte d'Ivoire malaria prevention and control activity. This transformational activity focuses primarily on clinical and community-level malaria diagnosis and treatment, and coordination and technical support for the National Malaria Control Program. The DCOP is a senior leadership position and will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and overall quality assurance of the activity. The DCOP reports directly to the Chief of Party and ensures technical implementation of high impact, proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements. This individual will assume the responsibilities of the COP in their absence. The DCOP coordinates with USAID, key stakeholders, implementing partners and government representatives as well as manage the implementation of key program activities throughout the targeted districts, oversees the work of program managers, and ensures efficient operational support for the project team. The DCOP will oversee a team of support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the activity is compliant with USAID and Save the Children’s regulations. The position will be based with Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, with local travel required as needed.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- In collaboration with the COP, ensure that the program is delivered according to contractual requirements with the donor and government (i.e. that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget, reports are submitted as per agreed schedules and any other requirements or criteria are fulfilled).
- Design and regularly update detailed annual work plans and ensure the team uses these appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of program objectives.
- Ensure that programmatic and financial reports for donors, government and Save the Children are prepared as required, ensuring these are of the highest quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor. Be fully aware of the grant compliance regulations of Save the Children as well as USAID.
- Assist with the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget, donor guidelines and Save the Children’s grant management and financial regulations.
- Manage and motivate direct reports to achieve their work plan objectives, and to contribute to the achievement of the overall program goals.
- Maintain good working relationships with officials, government ministries, implementing partners and the international and local NGO community.
- Collaborate closely with the President’s Malaria Initiative, Ministry of Health, and key USAID Implementing Partners, the Global Fund and other donors and key stakeholders.
- Work with program staff and Save the Children Technical Advisors to identify the technical support needs of the program and ensure this support is provided.
- Monitor activities, identify challenges and develop appropriate reporting and results of project activities to the COP including progress and annual reports.
- Coordinate closely with the SC offices in administrative and HR matters, especially regarding operations and financial matters as they relate to the program.
- Attend and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required.
- Master’s Degree in relevant areas of expertise, international development or related field is preferred; Bachelor’s Degree is required.
- Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in managing and implementing complex technical programs of similar size and scope in a development context, with a minimum of five years’ experience in the region, ideally in Cote d’Ivoire.
- At least three years of demonstrated experience in managing and supervising a technical team and in project design.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.
- In-depth knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations.
- Strengths in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to realize organizational objectives.
- Creative problem solving skills with the ability to work effectively in resource-constrained environments.
- Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Cote d’Ivoire is preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.
Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Why you should join the Save the Children Team…
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
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