USAID Vacancy for a Country Director

Chemonics seeks a country director for USAID’s anticipated Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH) program in Nigeria. Recognizing the window of opportunity to improve primary health care in Nigeria, this program will contribute to state-level reduction in under-five and maternal mortality and build the capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support access to primary health care. Chemonics will support state governments while strengthening their capacity to develop and implement a robust plan for the health sector on an annual basis. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Job Title:  Country Director

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical direction while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and Chemonics policies and procedures
  • Identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments
  • Manage and supervise the work of project personnel, subcontractors, and grantees, with a focus on core results, achievement of work plan and targets, and timely implementation
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate
  • Act as the official point-of-contact for the program
  • Liaise with USAID/Nigeria, state governments, and other local partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements
  • Facilitate processes that bring multiple stakeholders together to engage in complex policy issues and stimulate collective action on identified areas of concern

Position Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in public health or a related advanced degree
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in public health in developing and/or transitional countries
  • Minimum eight years of experience as a country/project director in a public health and/or international development project
  • Necessary skills, abilities, and experience to:
    • Lead and manage an activity of similar magnitude and complexity
    • Work collaboratively across technical disciplines
    • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
    • Develop and maintain working relationships with U.S. and foreign governments, development partners, and civil society
    • Forge effective partnerships with private sector entities
    • Travel extensively to activity locations within Nigeria and to other countries, as required
  • Previous work experience in sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required​

How to Apply

Send electronic submissions to[email protected]by December 4, 2015. Please include “country director” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
In addition, please download and complete Chemonics’ equal employment opportunity self-identification form and submit it separately to [email protected] with only “country director – Nigeria RMNCH” in the subject line. If you prefer not to disclose your sex, race, or ethnicity, you may check “I do not wish to complete the information requested.” Thank you for completing the form and supporting our equal employment opportunity reporting requirements.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics

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