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Chief Of Party, Maternal Newborn Child Health Program

New Delhi, India |

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
    12-15 years
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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The Chief of Party will be responsible for overall leadership, strategic direction, implementation, and management of the approved activities under this project. They will be responsible for establishing and maintaining constructive relations with consortium members. The COP is the final implementing authority on management issues including staff, logistics, and financial accounting. The COP’s primary responsibilities are to provide overall management leadership and general technical direction to the entire project, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors with a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract/cooperative agreement. This person shall act as the key liaison between stakeholders in government and Non-government sectors.

The Chief of Party will lead the project, developing and maintaining productive relations with the consortium members and the donor. They will liaise with the Governments stakeholders and the CARE HQ team. 

Candidates currently eligible to work in India areencouraged to apply.


Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.

Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.

Build and partnerships among international, national and community-level stakeholders, and  Government of India stakeholders.

Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles.

With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.

Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other forums.

Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegate responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance. Lead establishment and operation of a strong and effective team. Proactively respond to the performance issues of project staff through regular, constructive and honest feedback and coaching.

Guide the team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives. Develop and maintain a team spirit to promote a culture of innovation, transparency and accountability among team members.


Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, management or related fields.

Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development project management (preferably USAID-funded project). Previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on large family and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health projects, with some of that experience in India.15 years of experience preferred.

Experience with one or more of the following: maternal, newborn and child health; family planning/reproductive health; nutrition; quality improvement/quality assurance; health system strengthening; M&E; and operations research.

Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.

Ability to develop and manage cross sector partnerships with private sector, civil society and government organizations in attaining program goals. Ability to incubate and scale innovations to deliver breakthrough impact in partnership with government and other stakeholders.

Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous management positions and programming

Demonstrated expertise in designing innovative development financing instruments for working with partners and delivering sustainable impact and leverage.

Demonstrated experience leading the continuous development of the program’s strategies and policies, ensuring alignment with all stakeholders.

Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.

Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Hindi, with knowledge of other local languages a plus; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.

Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and multi-disciplinary teams. Excellent leadership skills (supervision, coaching, counseling, etc.). Ability to work under pressure with a team in a multicultural environment.

Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.

Willingness to travel 30-40% of the time (which includes substantial field visits to the project sites).

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