Chief of Party Job Vacancy – USAID Funded PMI VectorLink Kenya Project

Abt Associates

USAID – US President’s Malaria Initiative

PMI VectorLink Kenya Project

Job Vacancy: Chief of Party

Background: Abt Associates, a major American business and government research, technical assistance, and consulting company, manages the USAID-funded Vector Control Task Order 1. Task Order 1 will support the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID to plan and implement an integrated vector control approach with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria.

Abt has implemented indoor residual spraying (IRS) for PMI since 2011, delivering high-quality IRS programs and gathering the most comprehensive vector control entomological data in the world.

Under this contract, Abt will expand entomological monitoring to guide programs focused on insecticide-treated mosquito nets and IRS and continue to assist PMI in reducing the burden of malaria through IRS and capacity building in 22 African countries where malaria is endemic. Abt also will continue to support PMI in IRS monitoring and evaluation, as well as environmental compliance.

The PMI VectorLink Kenya Project is led by Abt Associates, an international development organization composed of dedicated professionals who provide technical assistance, research, analysis, and practical training services in more than 128 countries.

Abt Associates Inc. seeks candidates for its phase two recruitment for the USAID-funded PMI VectorLink Kenya Project in the following positions.

Kindly note that the position is pending approval and client funding.

Chief of Party

Under the supervision of the US-based Project Director, the Chief of Party (COP) manages, and supervises the successful implementation of the Vector Control TO1 Project, and acts as the primary liaison between the project and the local USAID mission, the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), other government agencies completing malaria control activities, and various other malaria stakeholders in-country.

The COP is required to provide overall strategic direction, operations management, technical leadership, and financial and administrative compliance for all project activities to assure IRS campaigns meet desired outcomes, are completed on-time, and within budget.

Specific responsibilities include:

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Represents Abt Associates and the PMI VectorLink Project to the PMI Advisor of the USAID Mission, the NMCP, county public health officials, and other key stakeholders.
  • Carries full authority and accountability for project decisions, as delegated by the U.S.-based Project Director.
  • Sets and pursues a results-oriented program strategy in coordination with the project team and in consultation with USAID, other partners and stakeholders.
  • Leads the development and production of all deliverables, including annual country work plans, semi-annual reports, and End-of-Spray reports.
  • Ensures that all country planning activities, spray operations, technical compliance measures, and other deliverables are achieved in a timely manner.
  • Develops a capacity-building plan for transferring IRS knowledge and skills to local institutions, and develops important connections for assuring an increased role of local institutions in IRS campaign planning, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Ensures that gender initiatives increase the participation of women at all levels and in all aspects of IRS programming, and ensure their safety.
  • Supervises and mentors the Operations Manager, F&A Manager, Technical Manager and others as needed.
  • Ensures that staff, team members and consultants understand their roles and responsibilities and comply with contract requirements, USAID and Abt policies and procedures.
  • Oversees the development and timely implementation of monitoring plans for all project activities and ensures that data required for USAID performance benchmarks and results frameworks are produced.
  • Ensures that project budget projections, expenditure, tracking and reporting are in accordance with USAID and Abt Associates requirements, procedures and practices.
  • Ensures that lessons learned and best practices are documented and shared.

Qualification requirements include the following:

  • Master Degree (minimum), or a Doctorate Degree (desirable), in Public Health/Health Administration (or other relevant health specialization) or Business Administration. Candidates with Medical Degrees are also desirable.
  • 10 – 15 years of relevant international health experience, including significant experience in the area of malaria prevention and control.
  • Experience in the geographic/cultural region of the project is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of senior project management experience in large international health projects/programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership in management skills and ability to lead and motivate multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, ranging from 10 to 30 employees.
  • Experience managing a fast paced, results oriented, deadline driven project.
  • Significant ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with USAID, ministry officials, and other development partners.
  • Experience developing and communicating a project vision, aligning key stakeholders around the vision, and assuring the vision is translated into efficiently implemented program activities.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Ability to communicate and write reports and other professional documents in English.

Duty Station / Location: Nairobi, Kenya

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and updated CV to VectorControl_Kenya@abtassoc.com with the title of the position being applied for in the e-mail subject line e.g. “Office Manager” by COB Tuesday, July 31st, 2018.

Please note that where there are multiple duty locations indicated for a position advertised above, the candidate is encouraged to state the most preferred duty location in the subject line as well.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Employer: As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Abt Associates is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural work environment where our employees respect one another and share a commitment to our firm’s values, mission, and strategies. Abt Associates Inc. provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to age, race, color, sex, creed, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, or veteran status.


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Updated: July 31, 2018 — 3:21 am