Chief of Party, USAID Ethiopia Markets for Sanitation Activity
Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
10-25% international travel
Work From Almost Anywhere Status = not eligible
Reports to Country Representative
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 uses 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.
PSI seeks an experienced Chief of Party to lead the anticipated USAID Markets for Sanitation Activity. The project is expected to continue and expand upon work started under the existing USAID Transform WASH program. It includes strengthening the market for sanitation products and services, strengthening sanitation governance capacity at the national and sub-national levels, increasing access to sanitation financing, and increasing the knowledge base to bring sanitation innovations to scale.
The COP will lead successful 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 manage risk, monitor finances strategically, 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. The primary point of contact for the project donor and assures the strategic alignment of the project with PSI Global Strategy.
The Chief of Party (COP) should have significant leadership, management, and international development experience; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing the relationship with multiple, including government and USAID; a commitment to capacity building; a strong interest in private sector approaches to development; and experience successfully implementing market-based approaches stakeholders
- Program Leadership & Management, including financial oversight, compliance, and management of a consortium of partners (if applicable). 35% of the Time
- Oversee the leadership and implementation of a USAID-funded market-based sanitation activity.
- Provide expertise in developing and executing sustainable business models for increasing demand and supply of sanitation products and services, including continuing research on existing markets and barriers to growth
- Lead internal and external program planning and reporting, including annual work planning with sub-award consortium partners.
- Ensure the effective use and coordination of USAID resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with USAID standards.
- Ensure sound financial management, including programmatic budgeting, pending projections, and monitoring of payments.
- Work with finance and/or business development agencies to develop financial products and deliver business development services.
- People Management. 15% of the Time
- Develop and manage a team that includes members of diverse backgrounds, including marketing/sales/communication, engineering, and finance, to co-create and support sustainable models for sanitation.
- Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management and Technical Leadership on the project. 15% of the Time
- Contribute to supporting the design and diffusion of innovative business models and commercialization of technologies for sanitation products in Ethiopia, including providing effective guidance and support to technical members of the in-country management teams and staff assigned to the project.
- Develop and execute plans that will result in long-term sustainability of the initiative.
- External Representation. 10% of the Time
- Facilitate senior-level policy and dialogue with sub-national government officials, relevant ministries, partners, and stakeholders.
- Internal Representation and coordination. 10% of the Time
- Ensure high-quality periodic reporting in line with USAID and PSI requirements (quarterly and annual status reports, quarterly financial reports, etc.)
- Fundraising (with non-project funds). 5% of the Time
- Donor Liaison. 10% of the Time
- Serve as the main point of contact/representative of the project to USAID.
Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.
What are we looking for?
• Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) MSc, MPH, MBA, MHA, MPA, or equivalent
• At least 5 years of WASH experience and experience within the private sector or providing technical assistance to improve private sector performance, ideally in Africa.
• 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 of supervisory experience, including direct staff supervision, quality evaluation of staff performance, and deliverables.
• At least 7 years program management for global health projects in low or middle-income countries (LMICs) preferred.
• At least 3 years living and working in LMICs preferred.
• Proven success in managing complex operations, under specific donor awards and procedures, in a challenging, developing country environment.
• The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative, and strategic thinker and will have excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills; a passion for private sector approaches to development; and a proven ability to produce results.
• Demonstrated ability in the concepts, principles, methods, and techniques of delivering market-based approaches to sanitation preferred.
• Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, donors, UN agencies, other USAID projects, local organizations, and partners.
• Ability to successfully recruit, train, develop and manage staff toward results.
• Knowledge of USG grant implementation is preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, both oral and written.
• Excellent team management skills. Ability to work effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural context.
• Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work effectively with government officials, partners, donors, and stakeholders at high levels.
• Capacity to effectively deal with and resolve conflict.
• Fluency in English is required
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. Must be authorized to work in the relevant country.
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