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DCOP - Nigeria

FHI 360

FHI 360

Abuja, Nigeria
Posted on Monday, July 24, 2023

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID funded integrated health project in Nigeria.

Job Summary:

FHI 360 seeks a DCOP to provide management and technical oversight of integrated health service delivery and technical assistance (TA) activities for maternal newborn and child health (MNCH), family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), nutrition, and WASH services at facility- and community level. The DCOP will report directly to the Chief of Party (COP) and work in tandem with other technical and operational staff to support efficient and effective project implementation. This position will take a leadership role in ensuring the Activity meets stated integrated health service delivery goals, quality standards, and reporting requirements. The DCOP will also coordinate among USAID, donors, other health implementing partners (IPs), and numerous Government of Nigeria (GoN) institutions and representatives, particularly at the state and local level, for integrated health service delivery activities. The proposed candidate must fulfill the position requirements detailed below. This position is contingent upon funder award and approval.


The DCOP will work closely with the program team under the leadership of the Chief of Party to execute the following responsibilities:

  • Provide management and technical leadership on integrated health service delivery and ensure quality of maternal newborn and child health (MNCH), family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH), nutrition and WASH services.
  • Provide supervisory and operational oversight of state-level project teams to ensure that the project meets intended service delivery goals, quality standards, and reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate effective engagement and communication between Abuja-based technical leads and teams and state-level implementation teams, and coordination and collaboration with partners and other stakeholders
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the project technical strategies, and coordinate development of State-level annual work-planning and quarterly or monthly action planning, and quarterly and annual reporting.
  • Support the COP to ensure that all areas of the project are integrated and maximize the use of available project resources.
  • Act as COP when needed, including representing the project in key national forums and helping to maintain strong relationships with USAID, GoN at all levels, project partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with host country central and district local government structures and other implementing partners across levels to reach a common understanding of the activity, avoid duplication, strengthen and supplement USAID/Nigeria programs.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with project management and technical development.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated project management and technical skills.
  • Ability to influence, motivate, negotiate and work well with others.
  • Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices and policies related to specialized technical area of expertise.
  • Proven ability to ensure that budgets, schedules, and performance requirements are met.
  • Excellent and demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and analytical skills in English.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of complex scope and require in depth evaluation of issues and assessment of intangible factors.
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies to select methods and techniques for obtaining results.
  • Decisions made generally affect overall success of functional, division or company operations.
  • Problems encountered are complex, highly varied and require considerable judgment to obtain results.
  • Erroneous decisions may result in critical delay(s) in schedules.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Typically provides direct supervision of a team of Technical Advisors and Technical Officers.
  • Leads and directs staff to achieve strategic project goals.
  • Coordinates with project lead to set budgets, goals, and develops procedures and training for project.
  • Develops and recommends project management solutions.
  • Typically reports to a Project, Program, or Portfolio Director.

Education: **

  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent preferred, in Civil Society, Communication and Social Marketing, Economic Development, Education, the Environment, Gender, Health, Nutrition, Research, Technology and Youth or a Related Field.
  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.

Experience: **

  • Typically requires a minimum of 12+ years of relevant technical/project management experience (including 8+ years of leadership, strong business acumen and/or line management experience).

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 25%

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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