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Chief of Party - OVC, Zimbabwe

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Harare, Zimbabwe

The opportunity:

CRS seeks qualified candidates for an anticipated opportunity for Getting to ZERO, a five-year program to reduce HIV impact, vulnerability and risk and increase uptake of and retention in high impact HIV services among orphans and vulnerable children and adolescents in targeted communities in Zimbabwe. The strategic objective of Getting to ZERO is improved health, nutrition, psycho-social well-being and educational outcomes; and reduced abuse of children affected by HIV in Zimbabwe. The program seeks to advance local ownership of a comprehensive, integrated, community-based AIDS response to mitigate the impact of HIV on orphans and vulnerable children. The program will support families and communities to increase the resilience of vulnerable children and other family members and to reduce susceptibility to HIV infection. The program will contribute to the achievement of PEPFAR and UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals by strengthening community platforms to engage with and support the devolution and scale up of clinical services at the local level.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Country Representative, the Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management and operations of the project. This includes providing strategic leadership, management and administration as well as representation. She/he will supervise project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The COP will take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders and other implementing partners. The COP position requires proven skills in stakeholder management, as she/he will interact with numerous Government of Zimbabwe institutions and officials.

The Chief of Party will:

  • Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives.
  • Participate in the technical and programmatic implementation of sub-awardees, ensuring compliance with donor regulations and CRS policies.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to sub-awardee programs.
  • Manage all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual work plans.
  • Guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results; review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports.
  • Ensure compliance with CRS and USAID requirements, policies and regulations
  • Act as liaison to relevant donors, government and other stakeholders
  • Provide training and mentoring to partners to strengthen capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations
  • Recruit and directly supervise local project staff.
  • Oversee the management and development of project staff to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce.
  • Supervise the project team to ensure an effective leadership team and a culture where CRS’ values are practiced

Qualifications & Skills

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Social Welfare, Institutional or Organizational Development or related field required.
  • Significant experience in collaborating and building capacity of local Partners.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in managing large OVC programs with significant experience in managing PEPFAR/Global Fund programs required. Previous Chief of Party experience preferred
  • Significant technical experience in the areas of child protection, HIV programming, and/or economic resiliency, nutrition, education, and psychosocial care. Experience in Zimbabwe and/or Southern Africa an advantage.
  • Knowledge of key USG regulations including, but not limited to USAID 22 CFR Part 226 Administration of Assistance Awards to U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations, 22 CFR Part 145 Grants and Agreements with Non-Profits, OMB Circulars A-122, Cost principles for non-profit organizations and A-133 Audit of states, local governments, and non-profits preferred.
  • Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams. Experience in managing consortiums a plus
  • Proven experience in building and maintaining institutional linkages, including with host governments, required.
  • Experience with participatory methods, community-based approaches, and partnerships required.
  • Strong experience working on complex programs.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills required.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and deliver results through applied learning, rigorous knowledge management, and innovation.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and drive to serve others.
  • Understanding of and experience with faith-based organizations, local church structures, and accompaniment and capacity-building principles in local partnerships highly desired.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
  • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point required.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfil his or her responsibilities and to achieve desired results.

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

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programs (HoP), OVC program Senior Technical Advisor; OVC Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods Specialist; OVC Finance Manager, Country Program Finance and Administration staff, Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs), Headquarters staff

External: USAID, Partner Organizations (Church & Secular), Host government ministries, Other development NGOs

Travel: Willingness and ability to travel 10%-20% of time, mostly within Zimbabwe

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