Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

at Engender Health
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted May 4, 2022
Category Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Job Description

EngenderHealth is seeking expressions of interest from highly qualified candidates for the Deputy Chief of Party and Senior Technical Advisor position on an anticipated USAID project in Ethiopia. Ethiopian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. The position is subject to change based on procurement requirements and is contingent upon EngenderHealth being awarded the project and availability of funds.


EngenderHealth envisions a gender-equal world where all people achieve their sexual and reproductive health and rights. We believe this is essential for ensuring all people can achieve their full potentials. To achieve this vision, we implement high-quality, gender-equitable programs that advance sexual and reproductive health and rights


The DCOP/STA will assist the Chief of Party in the design, implementation and monitoring of healthcare interventions in Ethiopia. They will be responsible for directing and managing the technical and programmatic components of the project They will have a deep understanding of the Ethiopian RMNCAH landscape, including challenges, ongoing projects and the priorities of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. They will lead the development of detailed implementation plans for grants and sub awards and ensure that project activities are implemented using gender, youth, and socially-inclusive transformative approaches. They will work with the technical staff and field offices if necessary to ensure that all service delivery interventions follow the latest policies, clinical guidelines, training approaches, and standards in all technical areas of the program. They will oversee the implementation of interventions that address USAID’s and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health priorities, including but not limited to antenatal visits, attended births, emergency obstetrical and neonatal care, increased use of ORS and Zinc to treat childhood diarrhea and malaria, and increased uptake of family planning services . They will coordinate field activities, compile project reports, and assist with the development of future programs as needed. They will liaise closely with Ethiopian authorities at all levels, and donor and partner agencies, and civil society organizations, and represents the program on behalf of the Chief of Party as needed.

They will provide overall technical, managerial guidance and leadership to program staff and will ensure that program officers provide the necessary program technical and programmatic leadership internally and capacity building to MOH counterparts and implementing partners in their fields of expertise to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the project and contribute to sustainability. This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.


  • Oversee and coordinate the technical areas of the project and provide technical programmatic leadership to the overall achievement of the outcomes and results.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies, work plans and activities to increase adoption of positive RMNCAH behaviors, and where appropriate integration of other key health services, in a collaborative manner with the government and other implementing partners.
  • Lead project efforts across partners to integrate gender and youth transformative approaches across strategies and activities, upholding the principles of positive youth development.
  • Plan, coordinate, and provide support to staff in program design, monitoring and evaluation, and synthesis and documentation of lessons learned related to global program initiatives and country level activities.
  • Supervise a team of technical managers and advisors covering technical areas such as mother and child health including family planning, social and behavior change, gender, youth, social inclusion, and health system strengthening and identify opportunities for their continued development.
  • Direct the team to ensure synchronized work to achieve project goals and objectives, and to share and apply lessons learned and best practices across project activities.
  • Work with team to identify, adapt/develop, implement or scale-up, document and disseminate best practices within the project, together with the Ministry of Health and the larger RMNCAH community in Ethiopia and internationally.
  • Coordinate closely with other USAID and other donor-funded RMNCAH initiatives to enhance results across projects and provide donors with greater value for money.
  • Coordinate annual work plan development and quarterly, annual and other program reporting to USAID and other donors, in coordination with the Director for Finance and Operations, the MEL Director and the Chief of Party.
  • Works collaboratively with regional and headquarter teams to ensure project deliverables are met and to coordinate technical and programmatic assistance.
  • Ensure program compliance with donor policies and regulations and complementarity with other USAID implementing partners and other agencies.
  • Review status of all grants and sub-awards by activity and overall grant budget and proactively propose revisions, extensions or any appropriate action accordingly.
  • Coordinate with M&E Officers to support data collection and engage with the MEL Director to ensure use of data for continual improvement, decision-making, and identification of best practices and lessons learned.

Job Requirements


  • Must possess the following requirements with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Medicine, Public Health, development or related field and/or medical degree with public health and management expertise.
  • Minimum of seven years of progressively increasing responsibility delivering RMNCAH programs in Ethiopia.
  • Demonstrated experience leading projects in which youth and gender transformative approaches are a central focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply concepts, strategies and interventions to address RMNCAH issues, with strong background in program design, implementation and M&E and documentation.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in several of the following areas: public, private, and/or NGO RMNCAH and primary healthcare service delivery systems; clinical and non-clinical services; quality improvement/assurance for health services; development of policies, standards, guidelines and curricula; innovative training/capacity-building; and performance improvement systems and approaches.
  • Demonstrated leadership working with other technical advisors, experts, and host country staff from the public, private and NGO sectors.
  • Proven capacity to oversee development/implementation of work plans, reports, and monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Experience working with USAID on large-scale programs, including knowledge of USAID regulations and procedures.
  • Fluency in English required.


  • Committed to EngenderHealth’s core organizational values of reflection, inclusion, integrity, respect, and transformation.
  • Exceptional leadership qualities, depth and breadth of management expertise and experience.
  • Proven ability to multitask, work under pressure and with flexibility.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector


  • Willingness and ability to travel as required to activity sites.
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