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Chief Of Party, Usaid / Global Health Risk And Capacity Mechanism

Washington, DC, USA | Research Triangle Institute

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    Market Research
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  • Functions:
    General Management
    Risk Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
    12-15 years
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Chief of Party, USAID/ Global Health Risk and Capacity (GHRC) Mechanism  

USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS within the Global Health bureau is planning to advertise and award a Global Health Risk and Capacity (GHRC) Mechanism, which has an overall objective to support local implementing partners to become direct USAID awardees. The mechanism’s scope is to build the organizational capacity and mitigate risks associated with transitioning future PEPFAR funding to local partner organizations. This mechanism will also support new partner initiatives and localization efforts across USAID Global Health programs, including in the areas of malaria prevention, family planning, maternal and child health, reducing tuberculosis and other infectious diseases among others. The GHRC mechanism will have four key task areas: (1) Partner risk and health assessments; (2) Risk mitigation and capacity development for health program performance; (3) Monitoring, evaluation, learning, and data quality assurance; and (4) Staff support for managing local awards (including training USAID mission staff). 

The GHRC vehicle is expected to last for five years and will be headquartered in Washington, D.C. with activities spanning USAID-presence countries where Global Health is a priority. It will operate as a buy-in mechanism whereby USAID Missions and Bureaus are able to request services from the contractor in a variety of areas through task orders. The contractor will manage and oversee the work of partners, consultants, subcontractors, and grantees that will provide USAID with rapidly available services to achieve PEPFAR and broader Global Health partner and program localization goals. 

Chief Of Party: 

RTI International’s Global Health Division is seeking an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for the GHRC Mechanism. The COP is a critical role and requires a global health professional with a knack for project design, knowledge of organizational capacity development and performance management, and the skills to establish and implement monitoring, evaluation, and learning. The COP will be responsible for overall project performance, management, and execution ensuring all project deliverables are exceptional, and that all activities are managed within budget and in compliance with all USG and USAID regulations. This position will be responsible for project planning, oversight, and coordination and will be the primary RTI point of contact with the GHRC Mechanism’s Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) and initially with USAID staff from missions that buy-into GHRC. The COP will build and maintain strong client, partner, home office and team relations, and may provide direct technical assistance and support individual buy-in activities where necessary.   


  • Responsible for overall management of the mechanism, RTI GHRC staff, and consortium partners. 

  • Serve as RTI’s project liaison to USAID, host government counterparts, local health organizations, other stakeholders, and program partners.  

  • Provide strategic leadership and technical and managerial direction for new program identification and design and for the successful implementation of GHRC programs.  

  • Responsible for the overall performance and results of the GHRC programs, including management and oversight of individual programs and ensuring the quality of monitoring, evaluation, and learning across GHRC programs. 

  • Interface regularly with USAID GHRC COR and mission-level CORs on management and decision-making. Ensure that the different programs are meeting client and stakeholder expectations and that the overall Mechanism results meet USAID expectations. 

  • Develop and lead opportunities for shared learning across GHRC programs and share findings with USAID and the wider global health community; engage USAID Global Health Bureau and individual missions to develop and offer custom learning, management, and other support activities.   

  • Lead annual strategic, work, and performance planning and negotiate adaptations with grantees, partners, and USAID as needed; ensure all quarterly and annual technical and financial reports are of high quality and in accordance with USAID guidelines. 

  • Directly supervise senior technical and operational staff members on the Mechanism and the individual programs. 

Qualifications And Skills:  

  • Master’s Degree and 14 years of experience or PhD and 10 years of experience in public health, medicine, international development, or other fields directly related to the activity’s focus. 

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience and expertise managing large and complex donor-funded programs, including prior USAID COP, Deputy COP, or Technical Director experience 

  • Demonstrated experience working in the health sector on HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR programs as well as other areas of project focus such as maternal and child health, infectious disease, and family planning among others 

  • Understand USAID localization policies and tools such as HICD, OCA, NPI, NUPUS, and Local Solutions. 

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of organizational risk assessment and capacity development concepts, tools, and methodologies as well as health monitoring, evaluation, learning, and data quality assurance. 

  • Proven ability to develop a strong vision, sense of team, and management systems for IDIQ-type mechanisms or complex health programs with multiple partners. 

  • Strong project design and proposal writing skills and the ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.  

  • Strong written and oral (English) communication skills; proficiency in additional languages is highly desired.  

RTI does not permit any payment requests demanded during any part of the hiring process. Any candidate making any payment will be disqualified from consideration for future employment with RTI. 

The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for mothers and fathers, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

Additional Information

Maximum Salary: $225,000

Minimum Salary: $156,000

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