United States of America: Project Director, Advancing Progress in Malaria Service Delivery

Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 14 Mar 2017

Department: PIQA
Position Type: Full Time
Area of Interest: Malaria: Malaria Case Management, Malaria in Pregnancy, Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention, Mass Drug Administration, Health System Strengthening
Location: CRS Headquarters, Baltimore, Maryland
FLSA: Exempt
Reports To: Director of Global Grants, Program Impact and Quality Assurance

Note: This position is contingent upon approved funding by the donor.

About Catholic Relief Services (CRS): Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Position Overview

CRS seeks a Chief of Party (Project Director) for an anticipated 5-year global malaria service delivery program expected to be announced by USAID’s Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) during FY2017. The Chief of Party will lead a consortium of NGOs and other development partners to provide implementation support services and technical assistance to at least 17 countries to accelerate progress in comprehensive malaria facility and community service delivery including malaria case management, control of malaria in pregnancy, and other malaria drug-based interventions.

The Chief of Party ensures that the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and progress of all program activities are in accordance with strategies and standards and meet the goals and objectives of communities, donors, host country governments, and the implementing partners. She/he manages personnel, leads technical planning, management and implementation of malaria programming, ensures compliance with grant requirements and continually applies lessons learned for increasing program impact and sustainability. She/he establishes, represents and maintains effective working relationships with USAID/PMI, National Malaria Control Programs, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other development sector stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be a key decision-maker, an adept manager, a technical expert in one or more areas of malaria service delivery, experienced in managing USAID contracts, skilled in leading a global team of direct reports, and able to coordinate multiple implementing partner organizations to ensure operational and programmatic efficiency and success.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategic planning and thought leadership on improved comprehensive malaria facility and community service delivery: Lead the development and timely update of the overall project strategy; provide global leadership, strategic thinking, and guidance to selected PMI countries; and, collaborate with consortium members to support the establishment or updating of global policy briefs, standards, and/or norms.
  • Program management: Lead and coordinate the Consortium to provide strategic guidance and technical support to related global initiatives, programs and projects; Ensure each consortium partner develops realistic and strategically focused annual program implementation plans that are aligned with the consortium’s strategic plan and supported by technically sound operational plans.
  • Team management: Develop and manage a multi-disciplinary, multicultural expert team; Build in-country partner capacity in the selected countries and management of network teams as appropriate.
  • Communications: Serve as the principal liaison with USAID; Serve as an Advancing Progress in Malaria Service Delivery (APMSD) spokesperson on malaria service delivery issues; work closely with Communications networks to reach out to external audience.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL): Coordinate with CRS’ MEAL department to oversee the design and implementation of the program’s monitoring and evaluation system, using appropriate forms, procedures, and tools for data collection and analysis as the basis for measuring, documenting and reporting of project performance and outcomes; Ensure thatlessons learned from results of program monitoring and evaluation are incorporated into the design and execution of program activities to meet stated objectives and needs of the beneficiary populations.
  • Knowledge management: Manage the production of knowledge products and technical tools including a widely accessed website to support the project.

Project Oversight

  • Provide overall leadership and strategic direction to the program.
  • Provide global technical leadership and contribute to global policy development
  • Provide strategic direction in technical areas such as malaria case management, control of malaria in pregnancy, seasonal malaria chemoprevention, other malaria drug-based interventions, malaria activities suitable for pre-elimination and elimination settings.
  • Engage key actors and institutions, especially USAID, National Governments in at least 17 USAID/PMI countries, and actors in both public and private sectors to ensure that the project’s approach on malaria service delivery is leading, respected and influential.
  • Represent the project at global conferences and for a.
  • Develop, manage and lead the implementation of strategic program actions.

CRS Agency-Wide Competencies

These competencies apply to all CRS staff and are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of Catholic Relief Services.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Develops Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Supervising responsibilities: Will directly supervise project management team

Key Relationships

  • Internal: Director of Global Grants, Director of Global Health, Senior Technical Advisor – Malaria, Senior Technical Advisor – Maternal and Child Health, Regional staff, and Country Program staff
  • External: USAID/PMI headquarters and in-country staff, project implementing partners, government officials, National Malaria Control Programs, donor agencies, PMI global and in-country implementing partners, other public and private sector actors working in malaria.


  • PhD or MD preferred; Master’s in Public Health or in a related field required
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in malaria prevention and control with experience working in Africa required and Asia preferred.
  • Recognized leader in the malaria sector
  • Demonstrated experience in managing large (at least $10 million), complex malaria service delivery programs with a health system strengthening focus within an African context.
  • At least eight years of experience designing, implementing and managing large, complex projects involving multiple partners, in/for developing countries, of which at least five years has been spent in the position of Project Director or Chief of Party for a large development program of equivalent size and scope.
  • Technical proficiency in malaria case management, prevention of malaria in pregnancy, drug-based prevention and treatment interventions and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Thorough understanding of USAID rules and regulations for contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience leading coalitions, coordinating with and advocating among a broad set of diverse stakeholders including communities, local and national governments, the World Health Organization, Roll Back Malaria, donors, international and national organizations and partners.
  • Proven experience in effective communications with multi-stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to convene/chair high profile meetings.
  • Proven strategic planning and proposal development skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; Professional proficiency in French is preferred.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position

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