Deputy Chief of Party, Laos (MCHN)

Vientiane City
Sikhotabong District


Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition

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World Vision is currently accepting applications for a Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) program in Lao PDR.

The new MCHN program will support the Ministry of Health and other key local actors to seek to address the inequitable health outcomes of the most underserved segments of the population through a targeted health system strengthening approach. The program will scale-up evidence-based Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition interventions and test realistic innovation to improve health outcomes, with a definite focus on the 1,000 days.


The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for the management of the project in collaboration with the COP. The DCOP will ensure that MCHN activities are implemented per the USAID rules and regulations. Supervise the operational and support staff and key government relationship role including MoU, IMC protocols, and contextualization of the CVA approach. They will provide input to guide planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. S/he will also be responsible to liaise with counterparts and partners at the operational level, provide opinion on the soundness and feasibility of new approaches, train staff in Community Governance concepts and upgrade their technical competencies, and manage an effective learning process, making program adjustments as needed.

Major responsibilities

  • Lead the operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation, ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encouraging effective teamwork across the project team comprising staff from partner organizations;

  • In coordination with the COP, support overall project leadership, management, and technical direction while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, Government of Lao PDR relations and procedures, and World Vision’s policies and procedures;

  • Led the MoU Implementation Management Committee (IMC), including quarterly meetings with the four Provincial Leads, the GoL at Provincial and district levels to ensure GoL ownership of the Activity, revise the progress and performance against the MoU work-plan, discuss implementation challenges and identify corrective measures.

  • Liaise with partners, local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector companies and other stakeholders to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements; Oversee the implementation of Community Governance Actions, including provision of technical guidance of CVA model.

  • Facilitate the preparation of project deliverables, including annual work-plans, quarterly and annual reports, final project report and project activity updates, and other project-related communication and reporting materials in accordance with USAID deadlines and branding guidelines;

  • Supervise a team of staff and ensures clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members; Lead the Operations and Support teams including the Provincial Managers, Finance Manager, a Procurement Manager and province-based Coordinators and Admin/Driver Officers. This team will be in charge of resource facilitation for conducting the day-to-day activities, effecting appropriate accountancy and budget, with the aim to ensure appropriate use of resources as per international standard and USAID compliance. The finance team will also support the PIF Manager on the compliance and risk management of the PIF awards.

  • Provides guidance and mentoring to managers and staff to achieve project goals and develop national leadership capacity.


  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience related to implementation of programs in lower to middle income economies in Lao PDR

  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience working in healthcare systems strengthening, health governance, health financing with focus on maternal and child health and nutrition preferred.

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, business administration, or other field directly related to the maternal and child health and nutrition. PhD/MD preferred

  • Prior Deputy Chief of Party (Country Director, Team Leader, Project Director) or experience leading and managing large and complex programs

  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams   

  • Substantial prior experience working on USAID-funded projects, and knowledge of USAID operations, priorities, and programming

  • Fluency in English is required or Lao preferred

  • Demonstrable capacity to create effective system and tools to manage and share information of complex program (strong ITC skills update, data analysis capacity)

  • Experience in Laos or South East Asia countries

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills 


Fluency in English is required, Lao language skills will be viewed positively.

Work Location

Lao PDR, Vientiane with frequent travel.


Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision is committed to the principles of workplace diversity. Qualified women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

World Vision offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and international working environment.


Interested candidates are invited to submit a COVER LETTER and CV to the address below. Please indicate the POSITION TITLE. Deadline for application is 23 June 2021, however applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position will close early if a suitable candidate is found.

Email: [email protected]

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All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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