26 Sep 2022

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) at Corus International

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About Corus: Corus International is the parent of a family of world-class organizations working to deliver the holistic, lasting solutions needed to end extreme poverty once and for all. We are a global leader in international development, with 150 years of combined experience across our brands. Our nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries include Lutheran World Relief, IMA World Health and its fundraising brand Corus World Health, CGA Technologies, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Brands. Our more than 800 employees around the globe are experts in their fields and dedicated to helping the world’s most vulnerable people break the cycle of poverty and lead healthy lives. Further details about the organization can be found at: https://corusinternational.org

Corus International’s country portfolio in Tanzania has worked alongside the Tanzanian government, donors, and a variety of local and international partners since 1997. Programs reach marginalized communities through increasing access to quality health services. Central to its health system strengthening programming, IMA World Health in collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health promotes an emphasis on nutrition services and healthy behaviors to reduce malnutrition, improve population life spans, and reduce out-of-pocket health costs. The portfolio includes a focus on sustainable development assistance in nutrition, maternal and child health, and neglected tropical diseases activities and operates out of Dar es Salaam.

About The Job: IMA World Health is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to lead the operationalization of an anticipated USAID-funded Regional Multi-Sectoral Nutrition activity in Tanzania (Njombe, Iringa, Rukwa, Songwe, and Kigoma). The 5-year project with focus on 1) increasing coverage of quality nutrition services at health facilities and within communities; 2) improving consumption of safe, nutritious foods; and 3) increasing capacity of district level councils to utilize data, plan, budget and deliver quality nutrition services.

The Deputy Chief of Party will provide overall technical leadership and operational oversighted for the anticipated activity. S/he will take a leadership role in ensuring technical and administration implementation of high impact, proven interventions, while ensuring that the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The DCOP will assume the responsibilities of the COP in the absence of the COP. S/he will take a technical leadership role in coordination with key stakeholders and other implementing partners, including numerous government institutions and representatives, the private sector, and civil society partners to ensure that regional nutrition interventions contribute towards outcomes in line with national and global best practices. Ensuring effective implementation of the project and working closely with the program implementing partners and the COP to ensure adaptive management of the project takes place will be key to the role. A collaborative mindset and willingness to invest in the long-term success of local institutions (public, private, and civil society) also will be key.

The position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and will report to Chief of Party. Actual hiring is contingent upon signed agreement and USAID approval. Tanzanian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the COP and senior management team in support of maintaining project objectives, evaluate program effectiveness, and determine corrective action needed to achieve objectives
  • Provide advice to regional and district level GOT personnel and facilities on nutrition constraints and options for achieving performance improvement and proposed interventions that may impact the systems
  • Work with national, regional and district GOTpersonnel to create action plans for implementation of project activities and tools for monitoring performance; to refine policies and accountability tools for health financing; and to advise on human resources allocation, training, and deployment
  • Coordinate with key staff/component leads and partners in coordination of activities at the national, regional and district level activities in accordance with the work plan and timelines for deliverables
  • Provide ad hoc training and mentoring, including conducting site visits to support technical teams addressing nutrition issues
  • Work collaboratively with project team and headquarters staff to assure proper technical reporting, spending, and compliance
  • Provide inputs on systems indicators relevant to project performance and work closely with the M&E Manager to track project performance in project sites
  • Liaise and coordinate with MOH, professional associations, civil society, CBOs and technical working groups to devise strategies, policies, and approaches for improving nutrition
  • Support development of strong monitoring, evaluation and learning mechanisms, program monitoring tools, and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation
  • Define strategy, iterate, and ensure consortium partner buy-in and adherence to the overall technical approach and implementation
  • Provide oversight of implementing partners, fostering a positive and collaborative working environment inclusive of both local and international partner organizations towards program objectives
  • Together with the COP and the technical implementation team, take a lead role in the development of the annual workplan and review of the existing performance monitoring plans; manage effective monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems to achieve results; and liaise with internal and external program evaluation technical staff and consultants
  • Supervise program staff and manage consortium partners and grant recipients in coordination with the COP
  • In coordination with the COP, represent the project in public and professional circles and during donor and other high-level visits (especially by USG and private agencies), through meetings, conferences, and presentations; support written correspondence to the donor as needed

Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate degree in medicine, nursing/midwifery, or public health
  • At least seven (7) years of demonstrated experience in managing and supervising a large consortium and staff team of both international and expatriate staff, as well as local or international partner organizations
  • Experience managing large, complex donor-funded international development programs required; experience managing USAID health/nutrition projects of similar size and complexity to this activity a significant advantage
  • Demonstrated technical experience in one or more of the following areas: health systems strengthening, community health programs, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, gender-based violence/child protection, maternal and child health, family planning/reproductive health, and/or clinical and critical care services.
  • Working knowledge of and prior experience with USAID awards
  • Proven ability to work with government officials, international partners, MOH personnel and local health staff, and other local stakeholders in the design and implementation of health programs; experience with faith-based organizations preferred
  • Excellent team management, interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Advanced cross-cultural sensitivity, including experience working and communicating with professional and support staff in a multicultural, multi-linguistic environment; ability to promote an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect
  • Proven ability to work with government officials, international researchers, international partners, local agricultural specialists, financial service providers, and other local stakeholders likely contributing to the design and implementation
  • Experience in adaptive management preferred, with proven ability to iterate, test, and adjust programming in line with contextual shifts
  • Experience working in in Tanzania
  • Ability to direct and manage change and inspire teamwork and high performing teams
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity a must; experience living and/or working in developing countries required
  • Excellent analytical written and oral communication skills
  • Professional level fluency in English, both oral and written; knowledge of Swahili is an asset
  • Willingness and ability to travel to project sites in Tanzania

IMA World Health/Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify Corus’s Human Resources department

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