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Project Management
International Development Group
200NI Requisition #
RTI International’s Global Health Division is currently accepting applications for a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded USAID Furthering Health System Reforms in Ukraine Activity. The anticipated start of the activity is September 2021.

The COP will have primary responsibility for the overall strategic leadership and oversight of the activity. The COP will oversee project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements and strengthens health reform impact through technical and managerial leadership. The COP will also have principal responsibility for representation of the project to USAID. They will provide overall strategic leadership and vision for the RTI-led team and will manage long- and short-term technical expertise across all result areas. The COP will be based within the Kyiv, Ukraine office and regional and international travel will be required.

Through engagement with local actors and systems, including the Government of Ukraine, the National Health Service of Ukraine, and the private sector, the project will focus on:
1. Regulatory system strengthening;
2. Sustainable universal health care coverage and continued financing reforms;
3. Effective, affordable, and appropriate medicine use; and
4. Technological solutions for health and/or eHealth
5. Overall thought leadership to strengthening health system reforms.

  • Bear ultimate responsibility for all project management and operations, including financial management, cost control, sub recipient management, performance monitoring, financial reporting, and client relations.
  • Serve as RTI’s project liaison to USAID/Ukraine, host government counterparts, local organizations, other stakeholders, and program partners.
  • Provide strategic leadership and technical and managerial direction for the successful implementation of the project.
  • Responsible for the overall performance and results of the project, including management and oversight of the program’s technical, operational, and administrative staff.
  • Interface regularly with USAID on management and decision-making. Ensure that the project activities are meeting client and stakeholder expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated.
  • Develop and implement annual program work and performance milestone plans and negotiates an agreement of those plans with USAID and other partner organizations. Lead annual project work planning and reporting and be the principal point of contact with USAID, Ministry of Health and Finance, other implementing partners.
  • Ensure the timely and quality completion of all program technical and financial deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines.
  • With the Finance and Operations Director, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement, ensuring appropriate financial resources, monitoring, and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports for submission to USAID.
  • Directly supervise senior technical and operational staff members.

  • At least a master’s degree or equivalent in public health, business administration, or other field directly related to the activity’s focus. PhD/MD preferred.
  • Minimum of 14 years of experience working in healthcare systems reform, primary and/or public health, health governance, health financing, and/or pharmaceutical management.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience managing large, complex health systems strengthening projects (preferably in Ukraine or Eastern/Central European countries).
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with key stakeholders to promote health reform initiatives (e.g., government stakeholders, national and international bodies, international organizations, NGO partners, and U.S. Government Agencies)
  • Demonstrated experience in health systems, policy influence and development, and health economics and financing (preferably in Ukraine or Eastern/Central European countries).
  • Experience working as COP, Country Director, or DCOP for USG-funded project is highly desirable with proven capacity to effectively manage project funds and a diverse team, including remote staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated success in complex health program management including experience in the following: client relationship management, developing program work plans, developing program budgets, managing program implementation, and fielding and managing short term technical assistance for donor-funded programs (preferably USAID-funded programs).
  • Ability to develop a common vision among partners and lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and management skills.
  • Must be fluent in English; fluency in Ukrainian or Russian highly preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to live and work in Ukraine.


Individuals interested in working for RTI please note that as of January 18, 2022, RTI will require all staff in the United States and, except where prohibited by law, all staff in the United Kingdom and the European Union to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated in order to work at RTI. Those who cannot get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons can request an accommodation.

As a global employer of choice, RTI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and the communities and markets where we serve our mission. We value diversity of thought, culture, background and perspective and welcome applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, creed, citizenship status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws or RTI policy.

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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