USAID MNCH Project Jobs – Chief of Party at MJAP

Job Title:   Chief of Party
Organisation: Makerere
University Joint Aids Program (MJAP)
USAID Comprehensive HIV/AIDS’ and Maternal Newborn and Child Health
(MNCH) project
Kampala, Uganda
Executive Director
University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) is a Company limited by guarantee under
Makerere University. MJAP emerged from the Mulago-Mbarara Teaching Hospitals
Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) which was established in November 2004 under the then
Makerere University Faculty of Medicine with funding from the US President’s
Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and technical assistance from Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
USAID Project:
MJAP seeks to
implement an anticipated a five year USAID Comprehensive HIV/AIDS and Maternal
Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) project whose overall goal is to contribute to
the national efforts of increasing coverage, access and utilization of quality
health care services in the Karamoja Region. The purpose of the project is to
expand the provision of quality and comprehensive HIV and MNCH services to 70%
of the people in the region with focus on women, children and People Living
The USAID Project Chief of Party will provide strategic direction to
the project, and shall be responsible for overall management, including:
setting technical direction; partner relations; compliance and finance
management; and reporting. The COP will also have principal responsibility for
assuring that all project goals and objectives are met in a timely fashion.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
Provide leadership, management, and strategic
direction to all project activities (technical, administrative & financial)
to ensure the efficient use of resources and achievement results and project
Establish and maintain close working
relationships, partnerships, and coordination with the Government of Uganda,
Ministry of Health, USAID- funded partners, and other stakeholders and
partners, including non- USG donors.
Guide senior technical staff and build project
team, including project subcontractors and short-term technical support, to
ensure the responsiveness and quality of all project work.
Ensure effective planning, management and timely
implementation of the project in collaboration with USAID, partners, key
stakeholders, and others.
Represent the project at joint meetings with the
clients, partners, and national collaborators to further the implementation and
sustainability of project activities.
Manage the development of annual work-plans,
budgets, reports, and other deliverables, ensuring all are on time and of high
Manage the monitoring and evaluation activities in
accordance with the M&E plan, responding to the project results and the
donor’s strategic objectives.
Oversee project finance and administrative
processes and ensure that project budget projections, expenditure, tracking and
reporting are in accordance with USAID requirements, procedures and practices.
Troubleshoot to prevent and resolve potential problems
and review outputs for quality control; ensure quality of all project
Establish processes and capabilities to ensure
documentation and dissemination of project activities/results.
Actively coordinate with MJAP senior management to
assure that managerial and administrative matters are communicated and
activities comply with the provisions of the contract and with USAID
Ensure compliance with USAID rules,- regulations
and policies while meeting project/program targets
Work frequently and regularly with a variety of
stakeholders including USAID staff, project participants, implementing
partners, local, regional and national governments, international organizations
and donors as well as staff in similar projects.
Attend local, regional and international meetings,
as required.
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate should preferably hold an
advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field such as Medicine, Public
Health, Social Sciences.
Ten or more years of progressively responsible
management or technical experience in public health sector development projects
including comprehensive HIV/AIDS services.
Five or more years’ experience in related COP,
DCOP or senior leadership roles highly preferred.
Strong technical expertise in health &
HIV/AIDS, including at least five years applied experience in HIV/AIDS program
implementation; Successful experience working with USAID and USAID-funded
projects and organizations;
Comprehensive knowledge of USAID public health
programming objectives and regulations;
Excellent understanding and expertise with
reporting to USG, budgeting, procurement, and project management procedures;
Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multiple
teams and ability to foster strong and effective relationships with local and
international partners;
A good understanding of the overall Karamoja
Health and HIV/AIDS Integrated program goals and objectives
Substantial experience in understanding
complexities of post-conflict health programming, gender issues, local
development and health systems strengthening
Extensive experience of building in-country led
programs is vital
Excellent written and oral communication skills in
Past experience managing interdisciplinary,
multicultural and gender balanced teams.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and
PowerPoint required.
Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in
interacting with other project, host country government at local and national
level and international agencies
Ability to spend significant periods of time
(insert %)in Karamoja leading programme activities.
to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should email their applications including a
detailed curriculum vitae, copies of relevant academic documents and three
performance referees to: addressed to; The Human Resource
Manager, Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP), Kampala. Uganda.
19th June, 2015 by 5:00 PM.
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