Chief of Party, USAID/Uganda Urban Health Activity

  • Contractor
  • Kampala Uganda
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Save the Children - US profile

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Save the Children - US


Save the Children is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year USAID/Uganda Urban Health Activity. The goal of this activity is to address poor quality of care, congested public health facilities, uncoordinated referral system, weak community structures, limited private sector capacity, and gaps in enabling environment resulting in poor health outcomes in Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso.

The COP will oversee the implementation of the entirety of this activity, be the primary point of contact for USAID, provide strategic technical vision, and ensure ethical and excellent management of the activity and its staff (including consortium members). The COP will liaise with USAID, relevant Ugandan government officials, health and development donors, and other implementing partners of USAID/Uganda to cultivate open, productive, and collaborative relationships that support the implementation of this activity. The COP will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, suggest appropriate program adjustments, and ensure that systems are in place to mitigate the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse. The position will be based in Kampala, Uganda, for the five-year period of performance with frequent travel required to other project sites. The position will report to Save the Children’s Director of Program Operations.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines to achieve project objectives.
  • Ensure high quality technical leadership and oversight is in place for the program.
  • Lead team to provide proper coordination and guidance among relevant government, country-wide initiatives, community partners, NGOs, private sector, and other key stakeholders.
  • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation.
  • Establish compliance with USG regulations, procedures, and Save the Children guidelines.
  • Coordinate closely with the SC offices in administrative and HR matters, especially regarding operations and financial matters as they relate to the program.
  • Represent the Save the Children consortium with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, relevant ministries, and the country office team.
  • Establish effective communication and coordination with personnel from the government to implement interventions and incorporate country-wide priorities.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Country Extended Senior Management Team (ESMT), contributing to country strategic plans.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where the project team strives to achieve excellence.
  • Incorporate SC’s vision and values and full adherence to Code of Conduct principles.
  • Closely monitor security dynamics in the project areas and report to the Country Director on significant changes in the security context.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree (PhD, MD) in a relevant field such as public health; health systems; maternal, child and reproductive health; development studies; social sciences or management; and other relevant fields.
  • Minimum of ten years of progressive experience in a senior role managing large, complex, and integrated programs of similar scope and dollar value.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with foreign governments, various ministries, development partners, the private sector, and community organizations to advance health and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams to achieve project results in a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Personal commitment to child safeguarding, child rights, gender equality, and social inclusion.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and English language skills. Fluency in other languages spoken in Uganda will be considered an asset.


  • Previous experience working on and/or technical expertise in health system strengthening.
  • S/he should have current experience working with government counterparts in different capacities.
  • Familiarity with relevant stakeholders in Uganda, including government ministries, municipalities, city corporations, donors, private sector, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders.

Qualified local national candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

No matter your role when you join Save the Children, each and every day you will challenge yourself to devote your skills, talent and expertise to changing the world for kids. It’s an ambitious goal, and a meaningful one no matter how you see yourself professionally: an accountant, a writer, a data analyst, a teacher, a driver, a designer, or any one of the hundreds of dozens of roles we’re looking to fill every day.

You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

How to apply

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Deadline: 15-Mar-24

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