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Chief Of Party- MAPS Project At FHI 360

Date Posted: 17/Jul/2014
Deadline: Not Specified

Overview/Responsibilities: FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology; creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Chief of Party- MAPS Project in Abuja, Nigeria.

Project Description: FHI 360 is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for the $80 million USAID-funded Nigeria Malaria Action Plan for States (MAPS) Project designed to support the Nigeria National Malaria Strategic Plan and National Malaria Control Program (NMCP). A flagship program of the US Government's President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), MAPS works at the national level and in Nigerian states to increase the quality, access and uptake of specific malaria control interventions, including LLINs, ACTs, RDTs, and IPTp for pregnant women.

The project engages the public health sector and the formal and informal private health sector to: a) strengthen the management capacity of the State Ministry of Health and Local Government Area health personnel to provide planning and oversight of malaria interventions; b) promote positive malaria-related behaviors through behavior-change communication activities and community mobilization; and c) improve the ability of the focus states and NMEP to effectively monitor and evaluate malaria interventions and use data effectively for decision-making.

Additional Responsibilities: Based in Abuja, the COP provides vision and direction to the project and oversees all aspects of performance. The COP is the key point person to liaise with the donor, USAID, and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally. S/he has proven expertise in managing complex multi-million dollar-funded (preferably USAID) health projects in developing countries; experience in institutional capacity development, and skills transfer among public, private, and NGO partners. S/he is a recognized leader in public health with significant experience navigating through the Nigerian government and public health system, having credibility with key government and non-government stakeholders. Ideally, s/he is a recognized leader in the malaria field. The successful candidate must have strong management and problem solving skills; be an innovator in finding effective solutions to malaria prevention and treatment; demonstrate experience in managing complex political and policy issues; and show a proven ability to work with government agencies, stakeholders, and decision makers. Experience with project close-out is essential.

  • Manage overall project including programmatic, financial, administrative, contractual, donor liaison, communication (project dissemination), and representation functions.
  • Provide overall technical leadership in one or more core content areas and supervise and provide technical support to designated technical and management teams.
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships, partnerships, and coordination with the NMEP, State Ministry of Health, USAID-funded partners, and other stakeholders and partners.
  • Build capacity among stakeholders to manage and implement malaria control programs.
  • Oversee development of annual work plans, budgets, reports, and other deliverables, ensuring all are on time and of high quality; supervise performance monitoring and evaluation efforts.


  • At least 15 years relevant experience with demonstrated management and supervisory capability in leading large and complex field-based and donor-funded public health projects involving staff of diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds.
  • Public Health (preferably malaria or infectious diseases) experience in Nigeria including working in or with government agencies at the local, state and/or national levels.
  • Experience interacting with technical health organizations and international donor agencies, preferably including USAID and or PMI.
  • Masters degree in Public Health, Development or Social Sciences related field.
  • Consideration will only be given to candidates who meet the above criteria.


  • Typically requires a minimum of 10 years with project management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-sector project management and implementation.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity building experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and national/international in scope.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language.
  • Experience operating in insecure environments.
  • Experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO).

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360's Career Center at or through the Employment section at Please submit CV/resume and cover letter including salary requirements. Please specify source ( in your application.

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