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Job Req ID:  54422

Chief of Party – Côte d’Ivoire

The Center for Communication Program seeks a Sr. Program Officer II (Chief of Party) oversees technical, programmatic, and administrative aspects of one or more large-scale programs and leads the development and implementation of programs independently. In Côte d’Ivoire (CdI) specifically, the Chief of Party (COP) will provide technical, programmatic, and administrative leadership to the dynamic and wide-ranging Breakthrough ACTION program. Breakthrough ACTION is USAID’s flagship social and behavior change (SBC) program. It is led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP).


In Côte d’Ivoire, the program includes HIV, reproductive health, malaria, global health security (emerging pandemic infections) projects as well as engagement in the emergency response to the COVID-19 and Ebola pandemics. The COP will supervise and mentor program and finance staff. Will lead technical work and initiatives independently. Additionally, as needed, will lead proposal development and lead strategic partnership development and donor cultivation. Will lead and oversee high-level strategy design and implementation and proposal development.


As the Côte d’Ivoire Chief of Party, will have overall responsibility for coordination of Breakthrough ACTION activities and staff. Will provide strategic direction and engage stakeholders to advance social and behavior change practice and capacity.  Will represent CCP and the Breakthrough ACTION project to USAID, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, USAID implementing partners, and relevant stakeholders.


Performance is measured in each of the areas below (program management, people management, technical work, and professional and organizational growth) with five criteria:

  • Quantity of Work
  • Quality of Work
  • Initiative, Problem Solving & Innovation
  • Interaction with Others
  • Communication

Performance of staff who supervise other staff will also be measured in:

  • Staff Development
  • Utilization and Allocation of Resources
  • Organizational Effectiveness


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Program Management

  • Lead, oversee or act as technical expert for large-scale projects and or country programs independently. May include:
    • Envision, design and initiate new program activities according to a larger program goal
    • Produce and edit documents, work plans, reports, and presentations
    • Lead budget development and resource allocation
    • Oversee staffing, roles, and level of effort to meet program goals
    • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration between program, finance, and administrative staff to ensure team functioning to meet program goals
    • Facilitate and model frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (offsite, in headquarters, and internationally)
    • Lead engagement with internal and external partners
    • Ensure adherence to JHU, CCP and donor rules, regulations and policies
    • Lead process of using data to inform strategies, work plans, and program direction
  • Establish tools, processes, structures to ensure excellence in programs, products, and deliverables to meet program goals 

People Management

  • Design and manage effective team structure to meet program goals
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor staff independently
    • Orient and train new staff members
    • Conduct regular (at least quarterly) check ins and annual performance reviews with all supervisees
    • Identify and recommend appropriate professional development opportunities for supervisees
    • Ensure effective coaching, mentoring, and supervision of all staff on your team
    • Provide coaching and mentoring to promote continued growth and improvement among supervisees and other staff
  • Maintain frequent, open, ongoing communication with program team members in all locations (within the country, with BA regional teams and headquarters)
  • Oversee and ensure the quality of work produced by staff or team. Develop processes, tools, and routines that ensure the quality of work
  • Operate with compliance to all JHU supervisory policy 

Technical Work

  • Oversee high level strategy design and implementation independently.
    • Lead and build staff capacity in technical work, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, scripts, job aides, needs assessments, etc.
    • Generate and envision new activities, ideas, frameworks, and strategies that further high-level goals
    • Use, develop, and model tools, processes, best-practices and colleague review to ensure all products and documents are of the highest quality possible
    • Provide information to others about the quality of work. This includes raising concerns about errors, omissions, and poor-quality products to the staff member responsible for that work and requesting revision of work that is not high quality.
    • In collaboration with research and evaluation division, strategically plan for research, monitoring, and evaluation activities
  • Oversee technical team leads programs with support from Baltimore-based advisors
    • Produce and edit documents, work plans, reports, and presentations
    • Monitor budgets and make strategic decisions to reallocate funding according to strategic priorities
    • Oversee the sub-grants and contracts programs, providing technical and financial oversight to Grantees and contractors with support from Baltimore-based advisors
    • Initiate, track and monitor procurements, contracts, work plans and other administrative and programmatic documents
    • Work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending
    • Liaise with various institutions (government agencies, private, and civil society partners) to strengthen/implement HIV, malaria, reproductive health and GHSA programs
    • Ensure deliverables are archived on relevant knowledge management platforms
    • Identify STTA needs
    • Work closely with research teams both in Cote d’Ivoire and Baltimore to routinely review program performance data and initiate adaptations to program management and implementation
  • Lead in-country technical work, including trainings, workshops, and program support, independently
  • Demonstrate technical expertise in relevant technical areas (i.e., Social Behavior Change (SBC), knowledge management, health areas, etc.) and build capacity in others
  • Oversee the implementation of all HIV, reproductive health, malaria and GHSA activities under Breakthrough ACTION
  • Demonstrate high level technical communication, including writing reports, creating and giving presentations, and facilitating trainings or group discussions
  • Ensure excellence in programs, products, and deliverables to meet program goals

Professional and Organizational Growth

  • Initiate and lead center-wide initiatives, independently.
    • May include brown bags, communities of practice, etc.
  • Lead proposal development (technical, budget, coordination) independently
  • Lead strategic partnership development independently
  • Lead donor cultivation independently
  • Contribute to global technical knowledge
  • Represent CCP at relevant external meetings and events
    • May include delivering technical presentations, networking, relationship building, and initiate and follow through with opportunities for collaboration
  • Professionally engage and collaborate with other programs across CCP
  • Recognize and address factors that might strategically impact a program or CCP, and lead implementation of solutions
  • Proactively seek opportunities to expand leadership and management skills
    • Complete at least two JHU training courses related to job duties per year. For supervisors, this should include completing CCP HR’s recommended core courses in the JHU Supervisory Training Program within two years of taking on official supervisory duties
  • Request or initiate quarterly check-in meetings with supervisor to assess performance, strengths and areas for improvement in your current position, and establish professional goals
  • Identify opportunities for bringing new skills into the Center, including attending JHU courses and seminars, conferences, other external trainings etc.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:  The Breakthrough ACTION Côte d’Ivoire Chief of Party will have overall responsibility for coordination of social and behavior change (SBC) activities and staff. Will possess deep applied experience in SBC; demonstrated abilities in leadership; strategic thinking; development of effective teams; and change management. Will possess experience and demonstrated success in strengthening SBC capacity within the public sector and local and international NGO partners. Will provide strategic direction for the project, proactively engaging a broad range of donors and implementers in advancing the practice of SBC in CdI. Will have principal responsibility for representation of the project to USAID and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and will cultivate open and collaborative management relationships with the management team at USAID/CdI, as well as with other mission-funded activities.


Potential for extensive travel throughout the country and limited travel internationally.


Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • French proficiency (verbal and written)
  • Senior-level management ability
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to lead large and complex health activities
  • Experience designing and managing integrated or multi-health area SBC activities, strongly preferred
  • Shows demonstrated and exceptional leadership abilities
  • Has proven ability to effectively engage partners and manage multi-partner consortia
  • Has experience interacting with U.S. government agencies including Missions.


Working Conditions: Frequent domestic and international travel required with occasional evenings and weekends.


Supervisory Responsibility: Several senior technical and administrative staff. At least 4 direct reports.

Budget Authority: Estimated range of $10 million annual.


Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required. Six years related experience required. French proficiency. Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health or communication, preferred or commensurate experience.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in international health programming, strongly preferred, at least three (3) of which have been spent as a Deputy Chief of Party, Senior Technical Advisor, or equivalent.
  • Technical expertise in at least one health-related area (HIV/AIDS, malaria, GHSA, family planning), gender or youth; with sufficient understanding of all these areas to direct integrated, collaboration and coordination efforts.
  • Proven record of leadership in the management of SBC programs and experience leading SBC projects across a range of health areas. Preference will be given to candidates with considerable working experience in social and behavior change.
  • Familiarity with USAID administrative, management, compliance, and reporting systems is essential as well direct experience managing a USAID-funded project is preferred.
  • Excellent skills and experience interacting with U.S. government agencies including Missions.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and oral and written communication skills in English and French.


Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer II 
Working Title: Chief of Party – Côte d’Ivoire 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG 
Starting Salary Range: $82,325.00 - $113,185.00; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 98-MD:Non US 
Department Name:  Center for Communication Programs CCP 

Personnel Area: School of Public Health


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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