Mar 202018

Organization: Population Services International
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 16 Apr 2018

Job title Chief of Party: Evidence for Health – Zambia

Southern Africa

Based in Lusaka, Zambia

* This position is contingent on funding.

Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

Join us!

We are looking for a qualified, dynamic candidate for the position of Chief of Party for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded project meant to strengthen the national Health Information System (HMIS) managed and owned by the Government of Zambia; improve monitoring, evaluation and research capabilities within key government and non-government partners; and expand the evidence base for existing approaches to health programming in malaria, nutrition, family planning, maternal and child health, and HIV.

The COP will be responsible for ensuring successful program implementation, will provide leadership and strategic guidance, and will have technical, managerial, and interpersonal skills and experience. Experience in effectively interacting with host country agencies, including private sector, central and local government, partners, and civil society is essential.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution


The Chief of Party will lead and manage the project and will be accountable for project deliverables and results, with accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project, including (1) vision and technical strategy; (2) project management; (3) documentation and communication; (4) client and stakeholder relationships; and (5) coordination and synergy with other USAID, government, and donor projects.

S/he will serve as the primary project liaison to USAID, and:

  • Provide overall technical and strategic leadership to strengthen the National HMIS, improve research capacity among government and non-government partners, and improve existing approaches to health programming
  • Develop and maintain excellent relations with government leadership, donors and other external stakeholders to ensure optimal coordination and strong partnerships.
  • Lead the assessment of the HMIS with actionable recommendations for system strengthening
  • Lead the development of an MOH-led HMIS Strategic Plan tht aligns with existing policies and practices within the MOH and GRZ
  • Ensure the project is providing sustained mentoring of health sector staff to improve facility, district, provincial, and national data collection and analysis capacity
  • Oversee the development of a pre-service training curricula on health information data collection and data use for first-line health workers
  • Advise the HMIS community of practice established and maintained to improve coordination of donor support and donor engagement with the MOH and GRZ
  • Oversee research capacity assessments of selected government and non-government research institutions conducted and capacity strengthening plans executed
  • Ensure the project hosts organizational support to MOH-led national health research symposia provided to promote Zambian-led health research
  • Oversee the creation and management of a small-grants research fund to award short-term funding to junior Zambian researchers
  • Oversee operations research, special studies, evaluations completed to inform the evidence base for health in Zambia
  • Ensure capacitation and support is provided to USAID health Implementing Partner (IP) staff in key monitoring, evaluation, and research practices
  • Serve at the principal point of contact in Zambia for procedural and substantive matters related to the project
  • Develop annual work plans in collaboration with program managers and support teams.
  • Oversee all donor requirements for program implementation, including effective utilization of the budgets and ensure project deliverables are achieved.
  • Assist in design, implementation and oversight of research and evaluation activities, working closely with research and marketing departments to assure research is driving an ‘evidence to action’ approach
  • Ensure project reports submitted to donors and other stakeholders are accurate, complete and on time.
  • Execute other management functions and duties as requested by the Country Director.

What are we looking for?

The basics

The minimum requirements for this position are as follows:

  • Minimum 10 years experience in related field and over 5-7 years in senior leadership position
  • Masters degree or higher in a related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in national health data systems, data management and use, or social science research
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, managing, and implementing large international development projects
  • Demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners
  • Significant experience with USG- or USAID-funded activities or other internationally funded activities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, including evidence of quality report writing and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with quality products
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience interacting with host country agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations; and
  • Excellent past performance references (contacts must be provided, including email addresses).
  • Requires spoken and written fluency in English. Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga, a plus.

What would get us excited?

Experienced manager. You have successfully managed previous USAID grants before.

Capacity Builder: You have experience in building institutional, local technical, management and leadership capacity.

Collaborative manager. You are able to inspire a shared vision for the program staff. You have successfully helped your staff learn, grow, and thrive in their work.

A connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, health care companies, or global health donors.

A Strategist and an innovator. You are creative, innovative and a strategic thinker. You have a proven ability to produce results.


  • Exempt

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

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