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Chief of Party, Tanzania

Project Management
IDG Food & Agriculture
1806Q Requisition #
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Position Summary

RTI International seeks qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates to support the anticipated USAID-funded Tanzania Multi-sectoral Nutrition (MSN) activity. The purpose of the Tanzania Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Activity is to intensify and integrate nutrition support to targeted regions to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age, especially pregnant and lactating women, adolescents, and children under five. This Activity will enhance the Recipient’s capacity to provide technical support to the Government of Tanzania (GOT) agencies and other partners to implement multi-sectoral nutrition interventions, in line with the GOT’s National Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Action Plan.  The project will achieve this through a) Strengthened multi-sectoral coordination for improved nutrition at the local government level; b) Improved health, nutrition, caregiving, and WASH behaviors; and c) Increased access and availability of diverse, safe, and nutritious foods.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Manages client relations and serves as primary liaison and RTI representative with the client and stakeholders regarding overall policy, resource mobilization, and allocation
  • Provides technical direction and oversight of project activities
  • Holds primary responsibility for project performance and budget management
  • Leads planning, oversight, and coordination of all project activities and personnel, operational and technical
  • Responsible for ensuring quality control and responsiveness for all technical deliverables
  • Oversees all coordination with local government authorities and relevant stakeholders. 

Qualifications and Required Skills:
  • Master’s Degree in public health or nutrition, public administration, or related nutrition disciplines.
  • Minimum of 12 years of professional experience in implementing public health programs relevant to nutrition and food security, maternal and child health. Prior DCOP or COP experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating with host governments, other international donors, and other donor-funded projects.
  • Experience with advocacy and institutional development within government and non-governmental channels.
  • Experience in managing USG funding and familiarity with federal regulations.
  • Previous employment or extensive collaboration with NGOs.
  • Previous experience with agriculture, livelihoods, and WASH is preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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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