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Chief of Party (COP) - Health Sector Resiliency Project

Title:  Chief of Party (COP) - Health Sector Resiliency Project

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Start Date and Duration: ASAP, this is an existing project that ends in Sept 30, 2020.

Purpose of Position

The goal of the Health Sector Resiliency Project is to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to foster a strengthened, reformed, and increasingly self-reliant Afghan health system prepared for the decreased donor support anticipated over the coming decade. The HSR Project will act as a resource and a catalyst to the MoPH and other GIRoA entities as it considers and implements critical sector-wide reforms that will be required to make the system more resilient and sustainable. The HSR Project will primarily focus on governance, health finance and human resources for health and will engage both the public and private components of the health sector.

HSR will stimulate and provide assistance to the MoPH to conceptualize and operationalize the more difficult, longer-term decisions/policies that must be made in order to strengthen the system and make continued advances in the health of Afghans, relying increasingly on domestic resources. These could include decisions surrounding how to improve efficiencies and increase the potential for sustainability such as staff rationalization, financial compensation and hiring modalities; organizational restructuring; the contents and cost of the Basic Package of Health Services and Essential Package of Hospital Services; strengthening engagement with the private sector; health facility rationalization; and streamlining the MoPH’s stewardship role.

Palladium is seeking a full time Chief of Party who will lead the overall project’s technical direction and management and ensure that the project is meeting all of its goals and set requirements. This position is based on Kabul, Afghanistan and reports to Project Director based in HQ.

Primary Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of the Chief of Party (COP) are to:

  1. Provide overall strategic, technical, programmatic, financial, and management guidance and support the implementation of the overall project and activities.
  2. Serve as the primary point of contact to USAID technical staff and work collaboratively with USAID to provide technical leadership in the design and execution of project strategy and scopes of work and monitoring of progress;
  3. Liaise with MoPH and other government staff and provide direct and immediate support to identify and meet needs for meeting set goals, including capacity building and systems development;
  4. Facilitate the management of the project’s main sub-contractors, including maintaining clear and open lines of communication and developing comprehensive scopes-of-work;
  5. Establish and manage relationship and coordination with relevant stakeholders and serve as the primary project representative with HQ, government officials, the other stakeholders;
  6. Provide analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and resolve project challenges particularly as they relate to implementation, quality, and meeting requirements and milestones.
  7. Oversee project technical and administrative staff and work with the US-based country management support team to ensure responsive and efficient project operations.
  8. Ensure that project objectives, outcomes, and deliverables are met and that financial, operational, and reporting requirements of the donor are achieved.
  9. Ensure clear lines of communications to keep staff informed of relevant information and dialog both in the field with donor, staff, partners and with headquarters

Minimum education and experience required:

  • Advanced degree (MBA, MD, MPH, PhD) in Public Health, Public Administration or related field (health systems, governance, finance, public health, political science, and/or business administration);
  • At least five (5) years of prior experience as Chief of Party on similar, international, donor-funded programs;
  • Experience with technical and administrative management of large, multi-year donor funded projects (greater than $30 million) with demonstrated increasing levels of leadership and management responsibility;
  • At least seven (7) years of field experience in international development;
  • At least five (5) years working with Health Systems Strengthening required;
  • Demonstrated ability to advise host country officials at the ministerial level, and create and maintain effective working relations with international and local stakeholders, NGOs, local partners, and U.S. Government agencies;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a diverse team in a flexible and adaptive context, ensuring high performance and staff retention;
  • Experience in coordination and collaboration of stakeholders including government agencies, host country governments and counterparts, international donor agencies, and international organizations;
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken); Excellent oral and written communication skills is required;
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe;
  • Multiple Country work experience is required.

How to Apply:  If you are interested in being considered for this position, please submit a CV and cover letter that clearly shows you meet all requirements to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put “Chief of Party - Afghanistan Health Sector” in the subject line of your message.

Deadline for Applications: June 20, 2017

Palladium is a child-safe organization, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.