Deputy Chief of Party

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Deputy Chief of Party, USAID/Nepal Better Health Activity

Job Category: Deputy Chief of Party
Requisition Number: DEPUT006654
Locations: Nepal – Katmandu

Job Details



Save the Children is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated 5-year USAID/Nepal Better Health Activity. This activity will support the three tiers of government to improve the health system, focusing on governance, demand-side barriers and community accountability, and quality of health care at the facility and community level. The activity will improve the quality of care for maternal, newborn, and family planning services, and will also strengthen readiness of health facilities and the health system for possible future health emergencies.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) reports directly to the Chief of Party and ensures high quality technical implementation of proven interventions that meet stated goals and reporting requirements. This role will assume the responsibilities of the COP in their absence. The DCOP coordinates with USAID, key stakeholders, implementing partners and government representatives. This role also manages the technical implementation of key program activities throughout the targeted districts and oversees technical program managers and collaborates with all stakeholders and partners. The position will be based in Kathmandu.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • In collaboration with the COP, ensure that the program is delivered according to the contractual requirement with the donor and government of Nepal, i.e. that all activities and deliverables are completed within the agreed timescale and budget, reports are submitted as per agreed schedules and any other requirements or criteria are fulfilled.
  • Work with program staff and Save the Children’s technical team based in the country office to identify the tactical support needs of the program and ensure this support is provided.
  • Design and regularly update detailed annual work plans and ensure these are used by the team appropriately to monitor progress towards completion and achievement of program objectives.
  • Ensure all program work is of the highest technical quality and in line with national and global best practices for HSS and improved MNCH outcomes.
  • Ensure that programmatic reports for donors, government and Save the Children are prepared as required, ensuring these are of the highest quality and submitted in a timely manner to the donor. Be fully aware of the grant compliance regulations of Save the Children as well as USAID.
  • Assist with the preparation and revision of a realistic budget, authorizing and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget, donor guidelines and Save the Children’s grant management and financial regulations.
  • Guide partners in the preparation of annual plans for funding, commodities and human resources. Closely monitor burn rate and guide the managers to ensure the burn rate has been achieved according to the approved plan. Manage and motivate direct reports to achieve their work plan objectives based on technical expertise, and to contribute to the achievement of the overall program goals.
  • In collaboration with the technical teams, establish systems and processes for the periodic review of implementation across the project implementing areas and facilitate necessary mid-course corrections.
  • Maintain good working relationships with officials, government ministries, implementing partners and the international and local NGO community.
  • Support and coordinate with the M&E team in monitoring implementation, analysis progress and use service statistics and other data for decision-making and improving program performance.
  • Monitor country-level activities, identify challenges and develop appropriate reporting and results of project activities to the COP including progress and annual reports.
  • Attend and actively participate in periodic program meetings and ensure a summary of progress and challenges are prepared and presented with follow-up actions as required.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of expertise such as international development, public health or related field of study required; master’s level preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years of technical experience in managing and implementing multi-sectoral public health programs in South Asia.
  • Experience managing programs of similar size and scope in a development context, ideally in Nepal.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives across different sectoral ministries, private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.
  • Familiarity with the evidence base and best practices in health systems strengthening (HSS); maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH); social behavior change communication (SBCC); and/or other relevant public health disciplines.
  • Knowledge of USAID approaches and regulations.
  • Strong staff management, budget and M&E skills.
  • Strengths in inspiring and enabling others through teamwork, training, and capacity building to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Nepali.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Nepal.

Qualified local national candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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