John Snow, Inc. (JSI) seeks a dynamic and highly experienced candidate for an anticipated CDC-funded project: Strengthening Capacity of South African Department of Health and Implementing Partners to Deliver Quality Differentiated, Advanced Clinical Care for Unstable HIV and TB/HIV Patients in the Republic of South Africa. This position is contingent upon an award from CDC and the anticipated start date is September 30, 2019.
Job Title: Chief of Party (COP)
Job Location: Pretoria
The COP will be a full-time position based in Pretoria, South Africa. S/he will serve as the primary technical and management officer, providing leadership and coordination in strategic planning, program development and management, and overseeing the implementation and evaluation of all activities supported by the project.
The project will aim to provide effective clinical management of adult and pediatric patients with complicated HIV and HIV/TB treatment needs, including 2nd/3rd line and other alternative ART, through funding and capacitating clinical centers for advanced clinical management of HIV/AIDS. These centers are to provide high-quality referral or tertiary-level HIV and HIV/TB management services, and support the development of sustainable capacity for effective management of the same patients at decentralized DOH facilities.
The COP will maintain excellent working relationships with the project’s key stakeholders including development partners, civil society, professional organizations, South African Department of Health officials, PEPFAR district support partners, as well as program managers from CDC and PEPFAR. They will be responsible for achieving the project’s vision and strategy, directing the project technical team, and have overall programmatic and fiscal responsibility for the project, including achieving project results, effectively communicating accomplishments, financial reports, and ensuring compliance with all US government and JSI regulations. The COP will be a member of the JSI South Africa Senior Management Team and will report to the Managing Director.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Leadership and Management
- Serve as team leader charged with the development and execution of overall project strategy and work plan and achievement of project results.
- Work with the designated deputies to direct and monitor implementation of activities within the work plan, ensuring that activities are performed to a high professional standard, effectively implemented and fulfil donor and JSI’s requirements.
- Lead senior-level policy and technical dialogue with the Department of Health and other government ministries and units, working in collaboration with the project’s senior staff as appropriate.
- Oversee all technical assistance and administrative support activities for the project.
- Ensure the timely and complete submission of all performance reports and responses to donor requests for performance, success stories, and financial information for the project.
- Ensure that all program deliverables are met in a high quality and timely fashion.
- Ensure compliance with all JSI, donor-related and program-specific policies.
- Supervise and mentor all senior management staff on the project.
Procurement: Sub-award Management
- Provide managerial oversight to all project activities and partnerships, and ensure compliance with the JSI and USG regulations.
- Oversee any sub-contract and sub-grant cycles from pre-award to close-out including solicitation processes, pre-award, award, monitoring and close-out of sub-awards based on donor regulations, policies, and procedures.
- Respond, as needed, to issues that arise during sub-award/contract, and award program implementation including but not limited to financial reporting, issuing modifications, oversight of compliance with terms and conditions and resolution of disputes, and resolving audit (financial and/or general performance) findings.
Finance & Accounting
- Provide oversight for the project’s financial management systems and ensure that they are in line with JSI policies and procedures and donor rules and regulations.
- Ensure preparation and submission of complete and accurate financial reports and cashflow requests to JSI’s HQ.
- Oversees project budget development and regular analysis of project expenditure, sub-awards and lead the preparation of budget amendments/modification for negotiation with the donor.
- Review and monitor program budgets vs. actual expenditures including Life of Project (LOP) and Field office Financial Reports and Monthly Expense Reports.
- Recruit, supervise, mentor, and motivate project team which includes staff from JSI and international and national partners. Actively work on team-building to ensure productive staff.
- Oversee execution of the JSI’s personnel policies and ensure that policies and procedures are clearly communicated to staff, and are respected.
- Liaise with donor personnel, including the COR and Contracts Manager on funded activities.
- Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with national and provincial government entities to support project implementation.
- Maintain effective linkages between technical components, grants and finance and administrative functions within the project.
- Liaise with JSI’s Center Managers, Grants & Contracts, Finance, and Compliance & Accountability staff to monitor donor regulations and policies for changes affecting the program.
- Ensure effective communication across the entire project with team and relevant stakeholders. This includes (1) providing regular briefings and updates to relevant parties (e.g., supervisors) (2) facilitating regular team meetings to share information across project components and (3) contribute to positive and smoothly functioning relationships with external partners, including international partners and national implementing partners.
- Coordinate with donor implementing partners on common objectives and activities, as needed.
- Maintain a strong and wide network with key partners and stakeholders in South Africa, and ensure that the project is represented on appropriate steering and advisory groups.
Qualifications and Experience:
- A medical degree or a master’s degree or higher in public health, social sciences or related field
- A minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility working in HIV in direct service delivery, systems strengthening and/or health financing
- At least 7 years of demonstrated experience as a team leader/senior manager of international donor-funded, HIV and AIDS and health programs is essential
- Experience working with advanced clinical care (ACC) centers at primary health care (PHC) level
- At least 3 years of demonstrable experience in advanced clinical care in South Africa
- Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, South African institutions and international organizations
- Documented experience in providing the level of technical assistance that is required to complete the work detailed in the statement of work
- Strong computer skills are necessary, as are excellent written and oral communication skills in English
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills
JSI is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
Closing Date for Applications: 8th October 2018.
Submit applications via email (Specify on the Subject Line: Application for Chief of Party – ACC) to [email protected] or apply online on https://www.jsi.com/JSIInternet/Jobs/apply_online/index.cfm?jobid=117105
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not receive a response 30 day after the advert closing date, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.
We take this opportunity to thank you for your application and your interest in JSI.