Abt Associates Chief of Party - Integrated Health DRC in Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Congo ? Kinshasa)

Organization Overview

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.


Abt Associates seeks a Chief of Party for an upcoming USAID-funded integrated health program in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The program intends to strengthen the capacity of Congolese institutions and communities to deliver quality, integrated health services to sustainably improve the health status of Congolese citizens. Specifically, the program will contribute to measurable improvements in key population-based national health indicators, including (1) maternal mortality ratio, (2) neonatal, infant, and under-five mortality rates, (3) Tuberculosis case notification rate, (4) malaria prevalence rate, (5) fertility rate, and (5) acute and chronic malnutrition rates.

The Chief of Party (COP) provides leadership, management, and strategic direction for the entire project. This position is responsible for guiding senior technical staff and for ensuring the responsiveness and quality of work along with efficient use of resources and achievement of results. The COP has the final authority within the project team for decisions related to technical, management, and resource allocation and personnel issues. The COP will be accountable for the successful implementation of all aspects of the project. In carrying out these responsibilities the COP works in partnership with USAID and national and local government agencies and officials, local national and community level organizations and other partners, and project staff.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic direction and technical leadership to produce project results and deliverables, and overall management of the operational, financial, and administrative aspects of the project
  • Functions as the primary liaison between USAID, Ministries of Health, local national organizations and other partners and stakeholders
  • Creates management systems in line with Abt standard operating procedures consistent with the needs of the project
  • Designs and oversees an annual project cycle in accordance with the USAID annual planning cycle
  • Works with staff and partners to translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans
  • Directs and oversees planning and budgeting processes. Prepares quarterly and annual project activity reports as specified in the contract
  • Monitors the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high quality work and internal control
  • Supervises the work and assess the performance of all long term and short term advisors, consultants and staff
  • Clarifies roles, delegates responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicates expectations for staff contribution to project activities
  • Manages and supervises project staff and partners in the identification of all the project’s technical assistance needs, development of suitable scopes of work, recruitment of consultants, and execution of technical assistance contracts
  • Maintains productive working relationships with USAID clients, project partners and key counterparts, and reports to the Portfolio Manager in Abt Associates’ home office

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree with at least 15 years of senior-level international project management experience in designing, implementing and managing large, complex health systems strengthening programs in developing countries
  • Prior experience successfully implementing donor-funded programs with wide geographic reach
  • Experience in DRC, including thorough knowledge of specific health priorities, is required
  • Deep knowledge of geo-political, ethnic, cultural, and other factors affecting programming in DRC and the region preferred
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage complex programs in a low resource, low infrastructure setting required
  • Ability to liaise effectively with and develop consensus among key stakeholders, including USAID, national and local officials, public, private and civil society partners to assure effective collaboration among stakeholders
  • Experience developing project vision, aligning key stakeholders around that vision, and assuring that the vision is translated into implementable strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, manage complex programs, and ensure that project staff adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness
  • USAID experience required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required
  • Fluency in both French and English required

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