Chief of Party, Cameroon PMI Bilateral Project
Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon
10-25% international travel
Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Not Eligible
Reports to Country Director, Cameroon
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.
ACMS (Association Camerounaise pour le Marketing Social) was founded in 1996 and is an independent network member of PSI, with programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival, safe water, diarrhea, and HIV prevention and treatment. ACMS promotes and distributes health products, services, and healthy behaviors that enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives.
PSI Cameroon and ACMS work daily to provide consumers with access to cost-effective health services and products to improve their health sustainably and measurably. With funding from the US President’s Malaria Initiative, ACMS works with Impact Malaria and Vector Link to build local capacity through provider training, ultimately improving malaria case management and prevention. ACMS also works through Vector Link to provide technical assistance for distributing insecticide-treated nets through routine channels in coordinating the National Program for Malaria Control.
PSI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Cameroon President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Bilateral Project. The Project will support the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) in implementing activities to reduce malaria morbidity and maternal and child mortality. The Project seeks to improve access to timely, quality, and well-documented malaria testing and treatment by providing community health workers with training and supervision to provide quality, effective care.
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 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 COP, liaise with national stakeholders, such as Ministry of Health officials. Serve as the primary point of contact for USAID and ensure the strategic alignment of the Project with PSI Global Strategy.
Program Leadership & Management, including financial oversight, compliance, and management of a consortium of partners (if applicable). 35% of the time People Management 15% of the time Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management and Technical Leadership on the Project (unless the Project has a Technical Director). 15% of the time External Representation. 10% of the time Internal Representation and coordination. 10% of the time Fundraising (with non-project funds). 5% of the time Donor Liaison. 10% of the time
The 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 10 years related work experience in public health or related field. An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted. At least 5 years of supervisory experience. At least 7 years of program management for global health projects in low or middle-income countries (LMICs) are preferred. At least 5 years in the relevant technical field of the Project is preferred. At least 3 years living and working in LMICs are preferred. Proven success in managing complex operations, under specific donor awards and procedures, in a challenging, developing country environment. Ability to manage agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements, including sub-grants management. Ability to monitor and assess the performance of self, other individuals, and organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills, emphasizing the ability to operationalize and oversee the execution of workplans. Strong leadership skills, demonstrated ability to collaborate and work across teams and roles. Ability to persuade and motivate people and teams. Experience developing the capacity of government entities, staff, and other organizations. Demonstrated experience in managing government and donor relations. Ability to work effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural context. Prior experience working in Cameroon is strongly preferred. Strong preference for qualified Cameroonian nationals. Full professional proficiency in English and French. Strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work effectively with government officials, partners, donors, and stakeholders at high levels.
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 available resources. 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.
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PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status, or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.
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