Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition
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World Vision is currently accepting applications for a Chief of Party for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) program in Lao PDR.
The new MCHN program will support the Ministry of Health and other key local actors to seek to address the inequitable health outcomes of the most underserved segments of the population through a targeted health system strengthening approach. The program will scale-up evidence-based Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition interventions and test realistic innovation to improve health outcomes, with a definite focus on the 1,000 days.
The Chief of Party will have the overall responsibility for the management of all project activities and staff. S/he will lead the planning and implementation of the project, overseeing all aspects including technical and operational, and communication of the project to USAID and Government of Laos, and will ensure that project implementation if of a high quality and lead to measurable impact.
· Direct and oversee the project implementation: Promotes excellence in planning, executions and reporting of the program.
· Quality Assurance: Establish and maintain effective project monitoring and evaluation, adaptation and learning, reporting, visibility, and communication systems, including knowledge management and dissemination of the results.
· Budget and risk Management: Ensure procurements are launched in a timely manner, expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with USAID regulations. Ensure policies and standards are in places and activated in the program (accountability, anti-fraud, corruption, safeguarding child protection, etc..).
· Program liaison to USAID/ Laos, Government counterparts, relationship building and communication during program implementation including intra-consortia coordination, local actors, and others partners.
· Human Resources: Supervise, ensure proper technical and management capacity of staff assigned to the program.
· Minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, business administration, or other field directly related to maternal and child health and nutrition. PhD/MD preferred.
· 10+ years of experience related to implementation of programs in lower to middle income economies. Lao PDR and South East Asia experience preferred.
· Minimum of seven years of experience working in healthcare systems strengthening with focus on maternal and child health and nutrition.
· Demonstrable capacity to create effective system and tools to manage and share information of complex program (strong ITC skills update, data analysis capacity).
· Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, Government counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector.
· Substantial prior experience working on USAID-funded projects, and knowledge of USAID operations, priorities, and programming.
· Prior Chief of Party (Country Director, Team Leader, Project Director) experience leading and managing large and complex programs will be preferred.
Fluency in English is required, Lao language skills will be viewed positively.
Lao PDR, Vientiane with frequent travel.
Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.
World Vision is committed to the principles of workplace diversity. Qualified women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
World Vision offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and international working environment.