Program Director / Chief of Party – World Vision


Location: Zimbabwe

World Vision Zimbabwe seeks to recruit a Program Director (PD)/ Chief of Party (CoP) for the anticipated Key Populations Investment Fund (KPIF) for the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Global Health Diplomacy (OGAC). The KPIF has been established to support the scale up of key population (KP)-led community approaches to enhance and expand quality HIV/AIDS services for key populations. The purpose of KPIF ultimately is to create quality service delivery that leads to increased HIV testing, improved linkage to HIV prevention and treatment services, and viral load suppression to mitigate the HIV epidemic among key populations in Zimbabwe.KPIF will also help in addressing stigma, discrimination, and violence against these key population groups. This position is contingent upon award.

Purpose of the Position

The Chief of Party / Program Director will have overall leadership responsibility for coordination of all project activities, staff and providing guidance for implementation of the Key Populations Investment Fund (KPIF) mechanism. S/he will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and local government entities. S/he will manage a team of senior staff, sub-recipients, and have regular engagement with key stakeholders and the donor to ensure high quality and efficient delivery of all products and activities generated under the grant. The CoP/PD is expected to have strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise.

The Program Director/ Chief of Party will provide strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to Child wellbeing outcomes.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision National Office staff and WVUS. Primary Relationship manager responsible for providing information and responding to requests.
  2. Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance
  3. Provide leadership and direction for the KPIF project team, including program management, grants management, and monitoring and evaluation staff Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas
  4. Provide effective performance management, mentoring, and coaching for project staff under his/her direct supervision.
  5. Oversee financial management and procurement, including delivery, management, and monitoring of sub-grants to local KP-focused community-based organizations.
  6. Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems. Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements
  7. Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO staff.
  8. Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits
  9. Provide technical oversight of the program and individual activities to ensure adherence to evidence-based interventions and best practices
  10. Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate
  11. Ensure that sub-grantees receive the organizational and technical capacity development needed to successfully complete their grant-funded activities.
  12. Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees andconsistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact
  13. Participate/lead NGO – donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities
  14. Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.

Knowledge and Skills:

  1. Master’s Degree in Public Health, International Development, Development Policy or related field
  2. At least 10 years’ experience managing US government-funded health projects focused on HIV and AIDS programming, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa and with substantial experience working with key population groups.
  3. Demonstrated experience providing capacity development assistance in one or more of the following areas: HIV prevention, care and treatment for key populations; services delivery and demand creation with key populations; gender; stigma reduction and advocacy for key populations; financial management; budget planning; strategic management support; communications support.
  4. Experience in managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects
  5. Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams
  6. Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably PEPFAR, Global Fund, Department of State and/or other funding agencies and their policies and regulations
  7. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and partner with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, civil society, donors and other stakeholders
  8. Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries
  9. Familiarity with Department of State programs, their history and their development; mastery of US Government regulations governing such programs
  10. Financial and operational management skills
  11. Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals
  12. Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country
  13. Excellent written and oral communication skills; proven ability to articulate a strategic vision
  14. Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  15. Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.
  16. Experience as a CoP/PD or senior expert advisor required
  17. Experience with public grant proposal writing, implementation and reporting. (USG public grant proposal writing experience or knowledge of USG regulations desired)
  18. Experience in coordination of multi-agency programming
  19. Experience leading international partnerships.