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Job Req ID:  18926

Chief of Party-Breakthrough ACTION HC4 project, Eswatini

General Summary/Purpose

The Chief of Party (CoP) will provide overall leadership, project management and oversight for the HIV Response: Coordination, Community Capacity and Communication (HC4) project in Eswatini. The CoP will liaise with the National Emergency Response Committee on HIV/AIDS (NERCHA), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Tinkhndla and Development (MTAD) and local, regional and national leaders in implementing the HC4 project and to facilitate leadership of the HIV response by communities and municipalities. The CoP will represent Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in Eswatini.



Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Overseeing the overall planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

  • Setting priorities for the project’s overall technical vision; providing strategic leadership and management direction.
  • Working closely with M&E to oversee the refinement, expansion and use of the Community Data for Action Platform (CDAP) and document its successful use
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with NERCHA, MOH, MTAD, and NGOs at the national and regional levels, supporting the team to work with traditional leaders at local levels.
  • Ensuring responsive and positive relationship with USAID.
  • Ensuring high technical, administrative, and financial management standards.
  • Ensuring compliance with all JHU and USAID policies and procedures.
  • Providing oversight and guidance in the development of the annual work plan in partnership with headquarters.
  • Working with finance staff to appropriately budget for yearly activities, track the budget, and complete expenditure reporting.
  • Overseeing the writing of technical and program reports and compliance with reporting and programmatic requirements.
  • Developing and nurturing relationships with current and potential stakeholders and partners.
  • Serving as a spokesperson and advocate, representing CCP, Breakthrough ACTION and HC4 to USAID, donors, Kingdom and Government of Eswatini and others; and developing new business opportunities for CCP as appropriate.
  • Working closely with other senior program managers, including the DCOP, Technical Director and SI advisor, on strategic project management.
  • Carrying out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with CCP’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Mentoring staff, planning, assigning, and directing work, conducting appraisals and developing appropriate capacity building plans. Rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Maintaining open and responsive relationship with CCP headquarters ensuring work plans, budgets, annual reports, etc. are shared in a timely fashion for review before submission to USAID.
  • Trouble-shooting implementation and HR challenges with Baltimore headquarters; overseeing program data quality compliance, including data tracking systems and monitoring records to ensure program meets USAID audit standards
  • Approving local financial transactions and managing and authorizing expenditures from local bank accounts; supervising and approving all aspects of project procurement and logistics, including office infrastructure and vehicles; sub-award development, including compliance with programmatic objectives and CCP/USAID financial and administrative regulations.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in public health, public administration, development or other related degree.

  • Six (6) years related experience.


Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.


Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 10 years’ experience working in and managing complex HIV programs at the senior level
  • At least 5 years of previous senior management experience, preferably on PEPFAR funded programs, overseeing PEPFAR reporting requirements


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Intimate knowledge of the workings of the Eswatini government and civil society and how to maximize those platforms for the achievement of the objectives.
  • Extensive experience working in Eswatini government systems especially MOH and with local communities.
  • In-depth understanding of the local HIV epidemic and the HIV response.
  • Demonstrated experience with PEPFAR project management and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and adaptive management skills.
  • Strategic vision and leadership qualities.
  • Strong professional reputation.
  • Ability to create synergies.
  • Experience in technical, financial and administrative oversight.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
  • Understanding of local employment act and labor laws.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced dynamic environment with multiple partners.
  • Flexible and independent.





Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer II 
Working Title: Chief of Party-Breakthrough ACTION HC4 project, Eswatini  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG 
Starting Salary Range: $82,325 - $144,040; Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a-5p /37.5 hours per week 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 98-MD:Non US 
Department name: 10001159-Ctr for Communication Programs CCP 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


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