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Job Req ID:  28320

Chief of Party - Liberia

General Summary/Purpose

The Sr. Program Officer II oversees technical, programmatic, and administrative aspects of one or more large-scale programs and leads the development and implementation of programs independently. The Senior Program Officer II will mentor staff and oversee teams. S/he will lead technical work and center-wide initiatives independently. S/he will lead proposal development and lead strategic partnership development and donor cultivation. S/he will lead and oversee high-level strategy design and implementation and proposal development.


As Chief of Party (CoP), s/he will oversee field office staff and operations of the Breakthrough ACTION Liberia activity, providing management and oversight of all technical, administrative, operational, and financial aspects. S/he will provide strategic direction for the development, implementation, and monitoring of project activities and ensure timely activity implementation. S/he will represent Breakthrough ACTION Liberia to USAID and the Government of Liberia and cultivate relationships with the management team at the USAID/Liberia Mission as well as with other USAID-funded implementing partners and other relevant stakeholders. S/he will ensure compliance with USAID, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), and Breakthrough ACTION processes and regulations.



Specific Duties & Responsibilities

The Liberia Chief of Party will have overall responsibility for coordination of Breakthrough ACTION activities and staff. S/he will provide strategic direction for the program, proactively engaging a broad range of donors and implementers in advancing the practice of social and behavior change (SBC) within an integrated program. The Chief of Party will have principal responsibility for representation of the program to USAID and the Government of Liberia and will cultivate open and collaborative management relationships with the management team at the USAID/Liberia Mission, USAID/Washington, USAID-funded implementing partners, and relevant stakeholders.


Minimum Qualifications (Required)

Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) required.

Six (6) years related experience required.

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


Preferred Qualifications

At least twelve 12 years’ experience in management of SBC programs, including relevant field experience, strongly preferred

  • Field experience in Anglophone West Africa preferred


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrates exceptional leadership abilities
  • Deep applied experience in Social and Behavior Change (SBC) management
  • Experience with SBC for at least two priority health areas (MNCH, FP/RH, adolescent health, malaria, WASH, GHSA), with preference for experience within the context of integrated health programs
  • Oversee high level strategy design and implementation independently
    • Lead and build staff capacity in technical work, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, scripts, job aides, and needs assessments
    • 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
  • Lead in-country technical activities, including trainings, workshops, and program support, independently
  • Demonstrate technical expertise in relevant technical areas (i.e. SBC, knowledge management, health areas) and build capacity in others
  • 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

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
  • 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.


Occasional domestic & international travel required, with occasional evenings & weekends.




Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer II 
Working Title: Chief of Party - Liberia  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG 
Starting Salary Range: $82,325 - $113,185/ Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a-5:00p / 37.5 hours per week 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 98-MD:Non US / Monrovia, Liberia
Department name: 10001159-Ctr for Communication Programs CCP 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


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