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 IMA World Health and its fundraising brand Corus World Health, Lutheran World Relief, 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 Nepal has worked alongside the Nepal government, donors, and a variety of local and international partners since 2009. The portfolio includes a focus on health, sustainable development and humanitarian assistance activities and operates out of Kathmandu.
About The Job: Corus International is seeking a Chief of Party to lead an anticipated USAID-funded 5-year Health Systems Strengthening opportunity in Nepal. The Activity will work to strengthen health systems at municipality, provincial and federal levels focused on Maternal Newborn and Child Health to increase access and equity in health care.
The Chief of Party will serve as the primary liaison with USAID, Government of Nepal, program partners, and Corus International’s headquarters, and relevant project stakeholders fostering collaborative working relationships. S/he will ensure the project’s goals, objectives, and strategy are achieved and that contractual requirements are met on time and within budget. S/he is responsible for directing the project team with an integrated vision, applying effective leadership and strategic planning skills, management experience, outstanding interpersonal skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. The Chief of Party supervises the day-to-day work of staff, overseas project implementation to ensure quality programming. The Chief of Party also ensures that all management systems, from technical to M&E to finance, actively support timely and accurate project reporting and cost effectiveness for successful implementation of the project. The Chief of Party also is responsible for ensuring compliance with Corus’s policies and procedures and USAID rules and regulations, including responsibility for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and monitoring the quality of program implementation. The competencies required to be successful in this position include a theoretical and practical understanding of health systems opportunities and challenges, health equity and quality, and health resilience in Nepal and globally; personnel and project management skills; the ability to motivate and lead teams; and the demonstrated ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and accountability for achieving results.
The position will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal and will report to Country Director.
Actual hiring is contingent upon signed agreement and USAID approval. Nepali nationals are highly encouraged to apply.
- Provide overall management, strategic direction, and technical leadership to the project to achieve expected project results within budget and timeframe
- Serve as principal liaison to USAID and the Government of Nepal, ensuring high levels of coordination, while nurturing relationships with all key stakeholders (including partner organizations at the national and subnational level) on administrative, financial, and programmatic matters related to the project
- Liaise with USAID partners and other donors, as well as implementing partners and stakeholders, to ensure coordination of and harmonization with other relevant health sector actors in Nepal
- Lead project teams (e.g., technical, program, finance, and operational staff) to ensure program tasks, deliverables, and responsibilities are met; staff management includes hiring, supervising, and mentoring project staff
- Oversee project deliverables, including ensuring report preparation and high-quality timely submission, and ensuring cross-cutting issues are effectively integrated into project implementation
- Lead preparation of all annual work plans, project activity updates, and other project reporting requiremenstRepresent the project in all technical, policy, and programmatic fora at all levels
- Ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations
- Medical degree or Master’s degree or higher in Public Health, Health Systems, Business Administration, International development, or similar field is required.
- 10 years of demonstrated experience in implementing, leading, and managing large health programs is required. Familiarity with and expertise in overseeing financial and contractual management aspects of project management is crucial, requiring outstanding organizational skills.
- At least 7 years of prior experience as a COP, Deputy COP or equivalent (preferably on a USAID-funded project) is required.
- Experience overseeing development and implementation of M&E and knowledge management strategies relevant to international public health projects.
- Experience overseeing sub-awardees to achieve project results.
- Outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills in English are required.
- Deep knowledge of the health context of Nepal required, with experience working in Nepal strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated experience leading diverse teams to achieve successful project implementation, financial management, and reporting.
- Experience collaborating and coordinating with local and national host government agencies, and aligning program activities and results with national strategies
- Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with regional/district governments, representatives from other key stakeholders (such as NGOs, CSOs, etc.), and the private sector.
- Demonstrated ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and accountability for achieving results.
- Awareness of USAID cooperative agreements, and the related policies, procedures, and regulations; deep understanding of USG federal compliance requirements and evidence of experience in their application.