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Chief of Party, OVC Program

Location: Ethiopia
Last Date: May 27, 2011

Title: Chief of Party, OVC Program
Department: Programs
Supervisor: Deputy Country Director – Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia
Effective Date: To be determined

HR Use Only: Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
EEO Job Class: Manager Salary Level: Level III

Pact values and supports a diverse work environment.

Position Summary: The Chief of Party is responsible for the overall coordination and management of a large USAID/PEPFAR program serving orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The COP will work with Pact’s existing country office in Ethiopia, but will be solely responsible for: meeting the project’s objectives; managing program staff; maintaining good working relationships with host government officials and local partners; donor reporting and management of funds to ensure high-quality delivery of services to OVCs and their caretakers. The COP will manage and provide technical support in OVC programming and coordinate with relevant stakeholders including the Government of Ethiopia and relevant ministries, the donor, and local partners.

Core Values: Pact employees embrace the following core values as representatives of the institution:

• all people have a right to participate in decisions affecting their lives
• gender equity is mandatory for social transformation
• resources are allocated in a transparent manner, guided by accountability to our clients and Pact’s role as steward of resources intended for the poor
• diversity in background, gender and age strengthen our capacity to be wise managers of public and private funds
• teamwork and collaboration shape our day-to-day working relationships
• innovation and risk taking to achieve impact and broad scaleable results drive strategic priorities
• gathering and sharing information are primary roles for all employees
• staff growth and advancement are a priority, including training and professional skills building to increase knowledge and competence and to stay abreast of new developments, especially in technology
• a healthy balance between work and life outside of work must be maintained for work satisfaction and fulfillment

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide overall technical management and leadership to program
• Oversee and manage partnership with International Partners ( Family Health International and Child Fund)
• Responsible for program fulfilling all requirements as per contractual agreement ( this includes all financial and technical deliverables )
• Lead the program's strategic, financial, and operational planning ( including the annual work planning process and development of an appropriate exit strategy )

• Provide direct line management support and supervision to a team of seasoned development professionals ( including - the DCOP, Senior Technical Advisor, Results and Measurement Manager, Deputy Director Finance and Grants)
• Guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, and review and approve annual budgets and quarterly financial reports
• Ensure efficient systems to support all aspects of the program (including sub-grants, financial, capacity building and performance monitoring and reporting, are in place and support the effective use of program resources in compliance with USAID regulations and Pact policies)
• Ensure timely and accurate reporting with particular focus and emphasis on finance and grants
• Provide oversight for grant management in accordance with Pact’s policies and procedures
• Responsible for development of evidence based programming and ensuring feed back into appropriate policy discussions
• Promote a true model of partnership amongst all implementing partners
• Provide overall coordination of the institutional organizational and technical capacity building of local and other key stakeholders
• Responsible for designing strategies for working with key Govt. stakeholders (MoWA, MOH, MoJ, HAPCO ) at a Regional level and ensuring that these relationships are strengthened at all levels of project implementation
• Responsible for representation and correspondence with USAID and Government
• Ensure coordination of efforts at program level with all relevant stakeholders


• Experience in a management role for a complex or national program involving multiple actors;
• A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a high profile, fast paced environment
• Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
• Ability to provide the financial management and oversight necessary to successfully execute a large-scale program
• Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and database skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to manage local staff
• Practical knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
• Demonstrated capacity to create and/or maintain systems and procedures for managing complex programs with many implementation sites, partners and beneficiaries. Specific experience in systems strengthening preferred.

Education and Experience Requirements:

• A Master’s degree in social sciences (e.g. social work, management, child development), public health, or related field
• Ten years of relevant experience managing large donor-funded, child-focused programs. Managerial experience as chief or deputy chief of party is an added value
• Seven to ten years in a management position whose responsibilities included direct line management and supervision of senior staff; grants management, and significant budgeting and/ or finance experience
• Prior knowledge of and experience with USAID-funded health programs; PEPFAR programming (especially OVC) experience preferred
• Experience in implementing a systems approach
• Demonstrated experience with large grant-making programs and working with local partner organizations
• Extensive knowledge of OVC, HIV and Health issues in Africa, systems strengthening, social services management, and child welfare; Ethiopia-specific knowledge preferred
• Fluency in English required; knowledge of Amharic and/or other Ethiopian languages is preferred

Disclaimer: This job description summarizes the responsibilities assigned to the position; however it does not contain an all-inclusive list of responsibilities. Periodically, employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. Employment at Pact is a voluntary ”at will” relationship.

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