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Chief of Party, Burundi


*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.


The COP will have overall responsibility for management of all activity interventions and staff to achieve results. Provide managerial leadership and administrative oversight of the activity and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to USAID. Manage a team of senior staff and sub-partners and guarantee quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the activity. Oversee operational procedures and policies, financial controls, and other management functions including management of sub awardees, the latter with the help of the component Team Leader.

The COP is expected to have the strategic vision, leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise in infectious disease and public health service programming and delivery, the professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the Activity Description. The incumbent will have principal responsibility of representing the activity to USAID. Should be experienced in interacting with other development projects, host country governments, and international agencies. Specific experience in one or more of the main technical components of the program is required.


  • Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision National Office staff.

  • Direct and oversee the Tubiteho Health program, ensuring that all program strategic objectives are met through proper detailed component planning, staffing, and results-driven implementation.

  • Serve as primary liaison with USAID on technical matters and adjust interventions and operations in response to USAID technical direction. Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance. Responsible for ensuring quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the award.

  • Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals, if second phase of the grant or cost extension is planned.

  • Supervise a team of senior level national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.

  • Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.

  • Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.

  • Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO staff.

  • Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.

  • Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact.

  • Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.

  • Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Participate, lead NGO – donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.

  • Develop and maintain an adequate human resource plan consistent with WV policies, donor requirements and local laws.

  • Ensure and invest in proper technical capacity of the program staff to manage complex USG funded project.

  • Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Participate, lead NGO – donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.

  • Establish and maintain effective project communication systems and knowledge management, including reporting, assessment, and evaluation. Submit to WV United States (WVUS) timely, accurate, and professional program reports, including lessons learned and best practices, which meet donor requirements and WV standards.

  • Oversee property and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with WV internal and donor requirements.

  • Represent the program to USAID, Burundi government, UN and other appropriate bodies.

  • Identify opportunities for synergy and ensure integration across program sectors, with other World Vision Burundi programs and/or with other service providers to maximize impact for beneficiary households and communities.

  • Ensure strong integration of gender, do no harm, and accountability to communities (as defined by the World Vision Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), including greater participation of community stakeholders across all sectors, regular communication to communities, and systematic collection of feedback.

  • Evaluate program performance and determine management plan needed to improve goal achievement by participating and conducting health surveys, operations research studies, and rapid appraisals.


  • An Advanced Degree (master’s or higher) in Business Administration, International.

  • Development, Public Health or another relevant field. (highly desired).

  • A minimum of 10 years professional experience in developing countries at a senior.

  • Activity management level, including direct supervision of professional and management support staff. Prior experience as a Chief of Party with USG-funded activities of comparable scale and complexity (highly desired).

  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with national and sub-national governments and civil society organizations in developing contexts, and in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple partner institutions. (highly desired).

  • Experience in delivering all or some of the substantive activities related to R/MNCH and Malaria anticipated to be the focus of the Activity (highly desired).

  • Experience in designing, awarding and managing grants. (desired).

  • Proven knowledge and experience managing USAID programs, procedures and systems for Activity design, procurement, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation (highly desired).

  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of donor-supported programs of comparable size and complexity, with demonstrable skills in high level strategic visioning and leadership. (highly desired).

  • Previous experience working in challenging operating environments and/or countries of similar socio-economic context managing activities of similar scope and complexity (and especially those having addressed aspects of R/MNCH and malaria service delivery).(highly desired).

  • Written and oral proficiency in English and French.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred

  • Incumbent must have the proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams. (Highly desired).

  • Kirundi language skills a plus (desired).

  • Ability to lead a multi-cultural team with an empowering and outcome oriented approach.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.

  • Excellent coaching and mentoring skills and proven record of performance developed of direct reports.

  • Thorough knowledge of MS Office and Lotus Notes.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Ability to exhibit servant leadership, exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local context.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Standard office environment.

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.