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Chief of Party, Malaria and Integrated Health – Burkina Faso

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Project Management
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International Development Group
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190TN Requisition #

RTI International is seeking Chief of Party candidates for an anticipated USAID Burkina Faso Integrated Health Services (IHS) Activity. The 5 year, USAID-funded project will contribute to the Government of Burkina Faso’s overarching goal of improving the health and well-being of the Burkinabe population. The project’s objectives are to: 1) Reduce the burden of malaria through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) by scaling up and intensifying the implementation of proven and effective malaria prevention and control interventions; 2) Strengthen the national health system so that it is prepared for effective prevention, detection, and response to public health threats under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) program; 3) Improve women, adolescents, newborns and children’s health through increased access and utilization of family planning, maternal, neonatal, nutrition, adolescent and child health; and 4) Reinforce high impact interventions including service delivery, social behavior change communication, commodities’ supply chain management, and strengthening of the community health system. The position will be based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.


Responsibilities:


  • Provides vision and strategic technical leadership for the project.
  • Serves as RTI’s representative to USAID, Government of Burkina Faso, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, PNLP, Local Government Agencies, multilateral and bilateral organizations, NGOs, FBOs, CBOs and community stakeholders.
  • Responsible for ensuring the timely communication with and reporting to USAID. 
  • Ensures that the project activities are meeting client and stakeholder expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated.
  • Responsible for addressing contract-related issues, including ensuring that RTI financial controls and systems comply with generally accepted accounting practices that meet USAID standards, and that all activity-procured materials and equipment are safeguarded and prudently and responsibly used. 
  • Responsible for the overall planning, implementation, and management of the project and for establishing the administrative framework to monitor and assure progress toward the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project. Ensure the timely and quality completion of required reports.
  • Develops and implements annual program work and performance milestone plans and negotiates an agreement of those plans with USAID, subcontractors, and other stakeholders.
  • Responsible for oversight and direction to all long- and short-term personnel under the contract.
  • Represents the project on behalf of RTI in regional or key global meetings, consultative sessions and conferences. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public health, health economics, health policy or a related field. PhD preferred.

  • At least 12 years’ experience managing and leading technical, operational, and administrative teams for complex health projects in Africa. Experience in Burkina Faso will be preferred.

  • Expertise in any of the following technical components: maternal, newborn and child health; malaria;  surveillance and/or health management information systems.

  • Excellent knowledge of national issues impacting malaria prevention and control and demonstrated success strengthening local strengthening local government institutions.

  • Demonstrated professional excellence in health program management, including experience in the following: client relationship management, developing program work plans, developing program budgets, managing program implementation, and managing technical assistance teams.

  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders, including host government ministries.

  • Experience working as a COP for USG-funded project is highly desirable with proven capacity to effectively manage staff and project funds.

  • Strong knowledge of USAID administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems along with strategic program planning, management, supervision, and budgeting expertise.

  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently within Burkina Faso.

  • Excellent proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Fluency in French and English (tested FSI R4/S4).


Ethics Notice: No one at RTI may ever demand payment for anything of value in exchange for anything related to the hiring process (including, for example, for applying for, interviewing for, or receiving any offer of employment).  If any such request is made, please report this request confidentially to RTI’s Ethics office at HRethics@rti.org.  Any payment made will disqualify any applicant from future employment at RTI.  Please only use the HRethics@rti.org email address to report ethics concerns; any job applications sent to this email address will not be processed.


Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 


RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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