Avis de recrutement : Deputy Chief Of Party-Programs

 Avis de recrutement : Deputy Chief Of Party-Programs

CARE has been present in Cameroon since 1978.

In collaboration with government and local development actors, CARE is implementing projects for access to water, improvement of food security, primary health care, as well as projects to fight AIDS.

In addition, CARE works with populations displaced within Cameroon due to the crisis affecting the Lake Chad basin. As part of the implementation of its CHAMP II project, CARE in Cameroon is recruiting a "Deputy Chief Of Party-Programs"

Job Summary 

The Continuum of prevention, care and treatment (CoPCT) of HIV/AIDS with Most-at-risk Populations in Cameroon (CHAMP) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Cooperative Agreement No. AID-624-A-14 -00003, began on April 15, 2014. The program is implemented by CARE International in Cameroon in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Metabiota, (MB), Moto Action, and six local community-based organizations (CBOs). In collaboration with PEPFAR agencies, the Government of Cameroon, the Global Fund, and other key stakeholders, CHAMP works in tandem with community-based partners to strengthen and expand human rights-affirming, evidence-based, client-friendly HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW) and their children, and sex worker clients in Cameroon. The program aims to increase demand for, and access to, quality community and clinical services by reinforcing and expanding the creation of safe, friendly, competent community-led platforms, and integrating interventions within the larger services network. CHAMP also contributes to the evidence base as a learning program that helps drive strategic decision-making and resource planning. Starting in October 2019, the program will be extended for three years under the name CHAMP II. The program will build on the existing USAID-funded CHAMP program, with expansion to six regions and additional population groups. One of the requisites for the award is to transition complete ownership of planning, implementation, program and financial monitoring, and reporting to local partners by the end of the agreement. Local counterparts will include the Transition Lead Organization (TLO), which will serve as the primary granting and oversight organization throughout the transition phase, and sub-grantees that will receive funds under the TLO.

The Deputy Chief of Party - Programs (DCOPP) will lead technical management and oversight of CHAMP program interventions. S/he will provide direct supervision to CHAMP technical staff members who will serve as technical leads for a) prevention, b) care and treatment, c) monitoring and evaluation, and d) policy, advocacy, and enabling environment interventions. The DCOPP will ensure that partners, including the TLO, consortium partners, and sub-grantees implement well-coordinated services that meet the needs of key and priority populations at international best practice standards.

The DCOPP will work in collaboration with the COP, the Organizational Development and Transition Technical Advisor (ODTTA), the Deputy Chief of Party - Finance and Administration (DCOPFA), the CARE Cameroun Country Director, the CARE USA Senior Technical Advisor – HIV/AIDS, and additional technical and administrative team members to ensure that the TLO and subgrantee partners have the requisite capacity to manage for results against PEPFAR targets throughout the cooperative agreement. This will include transfer of technical skills and competencies in service planning, provision, monitoring, supervision, analysis and evaluation, data use for decision making and course correction, and reporting and reporting against benchmarks and targets. The DCOPP will lead the incorporation of technical innovations, quality assurance and improvement, implementation with fidelity, learning exchange among partners, sharing of lessons learned and best practices nationally and globally, and bringing to scale successful approaches.

Specifically, the DCOPP will work with CHAMP, TLO, and sub-partner technical leadership and frontline staff to a) conduct relevant needs assessments; b) lead strategic planning exercises; c) develop/adapt effective implementation models, approaches, standard operating procedures, job aids, and tools for ensuring implementation with fidelity; d) ensure that key and priority population communities are meaningfully involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs; e) develop and implement quality assurance and improvement systems across the services continuum; f) ensure the delivery of a comprehensive set of prevention, care, treatment, and enabling environment interventions according to international standards; g) address stigma, discrimination, and other structural drivers of HIV acquisition and transmission; h) coordinate interventions with the Government of Cameroon, other USG-supported partners, and key stakeholders at the national and regional levels; i) collaborate with M&E and program team members to ensure timely and effective data analysis and use for course correction, and reporting. 

Responsibilities and Tasks

JOB RESPONSIBILITY 1 : Technical assistance and guidance on the provision of comprehensive HIV services across the cascad >> 40 % of time

The DCOPP will serve as the technical lead in supporting consortium partners, the TLO, and local sub-partners to implement HIV and related services at international best practice standards.

Specific tasks will include the following:

Collaborate with consortium and local partners to conduct community-based needs assessment (as relevant), and assessment of technical capacity and training needs among partner staff;
Develop technical capacity strengthening plans; implement, monitor, and adjust plans through the course of the agreement;

‘• Support partners to conduct community and virtual hotspot and network mapping;
Collaborate with CHAMP and partner technical staff to develop/adapt and implement comprehensive, differentiated models of HIV prevention, care and treatment for key and priority populations, including SOPs, job aids, and tools to ensure that interventions are implemented with fidelity;
Engage with the CARE USA STA, other consortium technical experts, PEPFAR technical leads, global experts/agencies, web-based resources and journals, and forums to ensure CHAMP models, approaches, and tools are persistently up-to-date;
Provide consistent, quality monitoring and supervision in collaboration with CHAMP technical team members and partner technical and leadership staff, and guidance to address challenges in achieving PEPFAR targets and CHAMP benchmarks.

JOB RESPONSIBILITY 2 : Supervision of CHAMP technical team members to manage for results >> 25 % of time

The DCOPP will supervise a team of four technical leads who jointly will ensure that the TLO, sub-partners, and collaborating partners, have the requisite oversight and support needed to achieve PEPFAR targets and provide high-quality, comprehensive, client-friendly services. Specific duties will include the following:
Provide technical support, leadership, and guidance to the CHAMP technical team through regular meetings (weekly, monthly, quarterly), group planning and problem-solving sessions, one-on-one coaching, and guided self-teaching opportunities;
Ensure all technical staff clearly and comprehensively understand PEPFAR and global guidance (i.e. WHO) on the provision of comprehensive, differentiated HIV and related services;
Strengthen TLO technical management capacity to provide coaching and supervision to sub-grantee partners;
Identify risks and challenges that affect staff engagement and performance, and propose and implement measures to mitigate and address them in a timely fashion.

JOB RESPONSIBILITY 3 : Steward relationships with relevant stakeholders >> 10 % of time

The DCOPP will have specific roles in ensuring that the TLO and other potential sub-partners plan and work effectively with USAID, other USG agencies and partners, and the Government of Cameroon. Specific duties will include the following:
Develop and maintain strong relationships with relevant USG technical staff including the USAID Health Officer, USAID Agreement Officer Representative (AOR), the Senior Program Management Specialist, the M&E Specialist, and select staff from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Peace Corps, the Department of Defense, and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC);
Collaborate with the COP, CARE Cameroun Country Director, ODTTA, and other team members to ensure effective coordination with key partners, including the Ministry of Public Health, the National AIDS Control Council, CHAMP consortium partners, the Cameroon Baptist Convention, the HIV-Free Consortium, the Elizabeth Glazer Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, and local organizations partnered/collaborating with CHAMP.

JOB RESPONSIBILITY 4 : Share lessons learned and represent CHAMP in national and international fora >> 10% of time

The DCOPP will represent CHAMP and engage in national and international fora to learn from and share experiences in implementation of HIV continuum services for key and priority populations. Specific tasks may include the following:
Work with CHAMP consortium team members as relevant to document, publish, and/or present challenges and best practices in the implementation of HIV cascade services for key and priority populations (at national and international meetings, work shops, and planning and review sessions);
Represent CHAMP in national planning meetings and discussions, including the development of national strategic plans and policies, that include planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of relevant HIV and related services for key and priority populations.

JOB RESPONSIBILITY 5 : Lead data use for decision making, reporting, and quality assurance and improvement measures >> 15% of time

The DCOPP will work closely with the M&E teams from CHAMP, the TLO, and local partners to ensure that data are analyzed to pivot and course correct in real time. Specific activities will include the following:
Lead the development, adaptation, and/or revision of quality assurance standards, tools, and monitoring systems, and the development of action plans and improvement measures;
Lead the review of Site Improvement through Monitoring Systems (SIMS) action plans, and support the TLO and sub-grantees to address underperformance and consistently meet quality standards;
Support the M&E leads within CHAMP and among sub-partners and the ODTTA to utilize program (and additional qualitative) data to gauge performance against benchmarks and PEPFAR targets, identify potential gaps and causes, and develop solutions to address gaps;
Support the COP, CARE USA STA, M&E leads within CHAMP and among sub-partners, and ODTTA to develop monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual reports for USAID (and additional reporting as required).



>>Education / Training

At least a masters’ level degree in public health, sexual, reproductive, maternal health, behavioral/social science, nursing, international development or other related/relevant fields, or equivalent combination of education and work experience, with training and experience in project management
Experience working with on HIV programming with key populations including men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender individuals, and/or people who inject drugs


Masters level or higher in sexual/reproductive health and HIV and training in the delivery of differentiated HIV-related service packages for key populations

>>Experience/Technical Skills

At least 10 years of experience providing technical support and leadership for complex public health programing in HIV/AIDS and/or sexual health funded by USAID or international agencies, ideally in francophone West or Central Africa;
Demonstrated ability in concepts, principles, methods and techniques of delivering public health programs for HIV/AIDS;
Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, donors, UN agencies and other USAID projects, local organizations and partners;
Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills;
Proven leadership skills. Demonstrated experience managing a technical team;
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners;
Demonstrated strong commitment to gender equity and diversity;
Fluency in written and spoken English and French.

Prior experience in Cameroon;
Prior experience implementing USAID-funded programs;
Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.

Problem Solving

The DCOPP will be a leader on CHAMP’s senior management team and will work closely with the COP to oversee the technical implementation and management of the program. On occasion, the incumbent will be expected to serve as the acting Chief of Party, and thus will need to have demonstrated capacity to address multiple and dynamic needs both from the program, partners, donor, and host government.

  • Building Effective Teams
  • Action Oriented
  • Conflict Management
  • Delegation
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communications
  • Timely Decision Making
  • Drive for Results
  • Ethics and Values
Freedom to Act / Impact

CONTRIBUTORY (provides support and contributes to the overall success).

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity please submit a resume, a cover letter, CV, copy of certificate/diploma and a list of at least three (3) professional references NO LATER THAN 15/10/ 2020 to recrutement@carecameroun.org with “Position Title" in the subject line

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