Position:  Deputy Chief of Party
Location:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Job Id:  241
# of Openings:  1

URC is seeking a qualified Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Strengthening Quality for Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment in Ethiopia Activity. The Strengthening Quality for Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment in Ethiopia Activity will improve the quality of malaria diagnosis and treatment services at supported facilities through: strengthening partnerships and coordination, scaling up quality assurance systems, and improving infrastructure and human resource capacity for malaria diagnosis and case management. The expected duration of the activity is five years. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
  • Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight for the activity and ensure the efficient implementation of project activities and the timely reporting of those activities to USAID.
  • Coordinate all malaria diagnosis and treatment activities and oversee laboratory system strengthening capacity building for activity staff, government counterparts and other local partners and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate collaboration with partners, donors, clients and stakeholders, including URC headquarters.
  • Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, review and analysis of data.
  • When appropriate, act in place of the Chief of Party.
  • Advise the Chief of Party in alignment of human resources with project work plans and emerging SOW from the donors, URC and partners.
  • Set direction and coordinate annual work plan development, implementation, and review.
  • Ensure alignment with FMOH, USAID and PMI frameworks and strategies.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with host country government, local organizations, and private sector stakeholders.
  • Ensure that URC provides high quality technical assistance and capacity development to laboratory staff, local partners and project stakeholders; conduct regular monitoring and mentoring visits to local partners.
  • Contribute to the project knowledge management system.
Qualifications and Experience
  • An advanced degree at the Master’s level (MSc) or above in Laboratory Technology is required.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience working in laboratory and diagnostic intensive work is required.
  • Prior experience as a senior level manager of malaria diagnostic and treatment programs, with a focus on lab strengthening, in developing countries including direct supervision of professional and management support staff.
  • In depth experience in laboratory and diagnostics system strengthening and quality management systems, particularly in regards to malaria.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, PMI, and other donor organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID projects is required.
  • Familiarity with USAID and USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required (oral and written).
  • Ability to travel unrestricted within Ethiopia and internationally.

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