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Chief of Party Job in Kenya

ICAP at Columbia University (CU) seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to lead a health program in Kenya.
Chief of Party

Nairobi, Kenya – Full-Time

Overall Purpose

To provide leadership and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, and financial integrity of the project-specific program and is responsible for achieving the planned results set out for the program. 

The COP will be the primary point of contact with the funder, local government counterparts, and partner institutions and is responsible for overall program management and guidance to team members

Key Responsibilities
  • Work with technical and programmatic leads to ensure effective implementation and coordination of program activities and monitor progress toward the achievement of the project-specific program goals and objectives
  • Harness human, material, and financial resources appropriate for the program
  • Work with finance and program staff to develop and track program budgets
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of program activities and results to USAID
  • Present progress, achievements, and lessons learned to key stakeholders, including funder, government, and other implementing partners
  • Supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts with program goals
  • Lead the annual work planning process associated with the project
  • Provide technical leadership in the design, analysis, and synthesis of interventions
  • Assure the quality of technical interventions at national and provincial level
  • Assure the sustainability of interventions, particularly in the area of capacity building
  • Advise regional/provincial counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant technical advisory groups with counterparts and partner institutions
  • Troubleshoot to prevent and resolve potential problems and review outputs for quality control
  • Represent the program in all matters pertaining to the execution of program-related activities before the Kenyan Government, USAID, and other partners, including interactions with the most senior levels representatives of these institutions
  • Cultivate relationships with the Ministry of Public Health and Medical Services at all levels and across various departments
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and alliances with the other USG partners and funders, including private sector partnerships
  • Serve as the primary advocate for the program with the Kenyan Government and other national/international partners
  • Increase the visibility of the program through representation at high-level visits with USAID, PEPFAR, and the Ministry of Health
  • Prepare briefing documents on the program at the request of USAID and/or the Ministry of Health
  • Advanced degree in public health or relevant field
Experience, Skills & Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Minimum 10 years of senior level experience in program development, implementation, and management of health programs
  • Minimum 10 years of senior level experience working with the Kenya Ministry of Health, preferably at the National and Provincial level
  • Demonstrated experience managing USAID or other donor-financed projects
  • Strong familiarity and command of USAID regulations and compliance
  • Proven track record of directing, motivating, and managing project teams composed of technical experts, program managers, and administrative staff
  • Strong communication and advocacy skills
  • Previous experience of successfully managing relationships with governments, donors, and other partners in a complex political environment
  • Background and expertise in HIV, malaria, TB, and maternal and newborn health
  • Extensive field experience in Kenya
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; fluency in Kiswahili
  • Requirement to travel throughout Kenya and internationally
Application Instructions


This is a local hire position and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP in Kenya and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and benefits package. 

The position is contingent upon project award and funding.

Do not attach any certificates when submitting on line.

Please send an application letter and CV by email with a subject title “Chief of Party” to before 24th May 2013. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Columbia University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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