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Deputy Chief of Party, Burundi

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision Burundi is seeking for the Deputy Chief of Party for anticipated project in Burundi, aiming at improving integrated health services, with a focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and malaria control. The Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) is responsible for the technical leadership of the project, including grant implementation, financial accountability, staffing, planning and reporting as assigned by Chief of Party (CoP).

The DCoP is responsible for various technical components of the Activity, including technical and clinical aspects of R/MNCH and malaria service delivery. S/he must ensure timely delivery of required objectives and high-quality deliverables. The DCoP participates in technical meetings, understands national guidelines, and supports onsite training, tutoring, supervision, and mentorship to ensure accurate referral, provision and documentation of service provision and clinical outcomes.

The DCoP will manage the design and implementation of key components of the project description and ensure adherence to global standard of excellence in health service delivery. The position will be based in Bujumbura and will report to the Chief of Party (COP). Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of the final applicant is subject to USAID approval.


  • Support the CoP to direct and oversee World Vision's work in an assigned program, ensuring that all program goals are met.

  • Work closely with the Chief of Party on all technical matters and ensure integration with existing programs.

  • Lead the technical response to the specified deliverables, goals of grant agreements, ensuring achievements in a timely manner and in full support and compliance with WV Burundi and USAID grant requirements.

  • Manage grant budget within approved spending levels.

  • Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments to the Chief of Party.

  • Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure clean audits.

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the project technical strategies, adapting global and regional technical resources and tools as needed for the Burundian context.

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

People Management:

  • Organize and direct the work of grant staff and short-term advisors, set individual performance objectives cascaded from project objectives to all staff hired in the project.

  • Provide supervision, training and performance management coaching and feedback.

  • Support Staff Learning and Development according to WVIB policy.

  • Develop and update workforce planning.

  • Ensure strong staff management practices, consistent with WV policies, donor requirements and local laws.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff is available.

  • Ensure performance management is enforced using partnering for performance approach.

Effective and Accurate Reporting and Communication:

  • Establish and maintain effective reporting, evaluation, and internal communication.

  • Ensure timely and accurate reports that meet donor requirements.

  • Networking and Liaison with different stakeholders.

  • Liaise with host government officials, local communities, and other organizations as appropriate.

  • When delegated by CoP, represent the project in meetings with donor and other stakeholders.

  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, coordination and integration to other projects, partners and counterparts, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing

  • partners and community-based organizations.

Other Assignments:

  • Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned, including administrative and planning functions.

  • Report/brief the CoP on the progress and challenges with project implementation on a regular basis.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in health management, administration, or a relevant field with a minimum of 5 years of health project management experience will be an added advantage.

  • A Masters degree is preferred.

  • At least 5 or more years of progressive technical supervisory work experience that involved direct leadership of professional and support staff, and oversight and evaluation of staff performance and deliverables.

  • At least 3 years of experience working closely with community and facility based health care providers to improve approaches for quality care and implement creative interventions to improve health outcomes, preferably related to R/MNCH and malaria (highly desired).

  • Experience in health project management and reporting using data management programs, experience using health data for decision-making. (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).

  • Demonstrate in-depth expertise in at least one priority health issues and/or a systems strengthening area (quality improvement, governance, supply chain systems, etc.).

  • Knowledge and experience working within the health sector; experience working in Burundi preferred.

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Deputy Chief of Party is responsible for staff and programme quality related decisions, but should consult CoP.

  • Deputy Chief of Party is accountable for daily operations in the budget and approval levels limits. All decisions not included in the budget or approval levels will be raised to CoP level.

  • CoP is ultimately responsible for grant implementation and results.

  • Written and oral proficiency in English and French.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and coordinate with a range of stakeholders in the context of complex and shifting priorities. (desired).

  • Understanding of the humanitarian industry.

  • Minimum level of understanding of local language.

  • Experience in managing large teams.

  • At least 5 year experience implementing and managing large international grants.

  • Strong implementation track record and demonstrated experience in the management, design, implementation, and monitoring of health programs (highly desired).

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

  • Possesses excellent communication and coordination skills. (highly desired).

  • Kirundi language skills a plus (desired)

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Standard office environment.