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Deputy Chief of Party

FHI 360

FHI 360

Administration, Operations
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Health Systems Strengthening Activity in Burkina Faso. The activity aims to support the Transitional Government of Burkina Faso to strategically and comprehensively respond to the key challenges facing the country’s health sector.

Job Summary:

The Deputy Chief of Party will provide technical leadership on the Activity. They will, under the guidance of the Chief of Party and FHI 360 leadership, establish and continually refine technical frameworks, approaches, tools, and activities for that project. They will identify specialized partnership needs, engage qualified partners to ensure technical performance, and oversee their performance. They will support the capacity development of local partners as appropriate. They will monitor all technical aspects of a project from initiation through delivery. They will ensure completion of project technical deliverables are on schedule and within budget constraints. They will manage technical advisors and other staff, and mentor and develop them to ensure technical objectives are met. They will contribute project experience and learning to national and global thought leadership initiatives.

Employment is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.


  • Serves as the technical lead in a number of project domain areas.

  • Build a close working relationship with the Government of Burkina Faso and other counterparts.

  • Leads the technical operational and tactical activities for the project.

  • Ensures high quality technical deliverables—including workplans and annual reports—are developed, submitted and approved on schedule and within budget parameters.

  • Develops and implements processes and procedures to achieve strategic technical goals of the project.

  • Provides direction to ensure technical activities are compliant with client agreements, government regulations and the organization’s policies and procedures.

  • Responds to client requests and questions on technical matters and ensures timely drafts and submissions of consents, approvals and/or waivers.

  • Manages the monitoring and evaluation activities of a project including contributing to the finalization and submission of project work plans, performance monitoring plans (PMPs) and quarterly, annual, and other reports.

  • Manages the relationship with all subcontracted organizations on a project on technical matters.

  • Promotes project success by collecting, writing, and distributing success stories, case studies, photos, and outreach at events.

  • Attends informative events related to the subject matter or region of a project to network and learn information that could be valuable to project activities.

  • Supports knowledge management within the project, including the capture and articulation of success stories, best practice and lessons learned.

  • Directs and guides staff with training and developing process improvement initiatives to ensure compliance with company and government standards.

  • Supports performance management and professional development of direct reports including ongoing feedback, coaching and career support.

  • Engages in writing publications and may contribute to developing proposals for new projects.

  • Identifies and consults with executive management on technical recommendations to make better business decisions.

  • Represents the project when the Chief of Party is unavailable.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Must understand the health system in Burkina Faso.

  • Ability to conduct and deliver thorough analysis, report writing, and dissemination of information to a broad range of audiences.

  • 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.

  • Willingness to travel within the country for technical assistance provision and quality assurance.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Reports to the Chief of Party.

  • 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.

Education: **

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in public health, public administration, international development, or a relevant field.

  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.

Experience: **

  • 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).

  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO) is preferred.

  • Experience in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple partner institutions strongly preferred.

  • Experience with donor funded health system reform projects; USAID experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience with implementing health systems strengthening (HSS) programs and/or health service delivery strengthening projects in Burkina Faso.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster relationships with local government counterparts, local organizations, and donors. Experience at the sub-national level preferred.

  • Excellent communication (both oral and written), analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills.

  • Experience in Burkina Faso preferred.

  • Experience in fragile and conflict affected settings.

  • Proficiency in English is required.

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:

10-25% (mainly within Burkina Faso)

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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