Chief of Party - Mali
FHI 360 (FHI 360)
Location: Bamako (Mali)
Grade: Chief and Senior Professional
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Job Description

Program Description

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party for an anticipated multi-year USAID Mali – Quality of Care program. The purpose of the activity is to advance Mali’s own development and health objectives by addressing quality improvement strategies in healthcare and strengthening human resources for health. The current anticipated award date for this activity is July 30, 2021. **This position is subject to project award and funding.

Position Description:

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide strategic, managerial, technical leadership and management oversight to the project. S/he will oversee all aspects of the project implementation cycle, including planning and evaluation, ensure program quality and personnel and financial management. S/he will maintain close coordination with USAID/Mali and other stakeholders, ensuring that all project interventions are of high quality and lead to measurable impact. S/he will be responsible for timely and adequate implementation of project activities, deliverables and execution, monitoring and reporting of the project. The COP will serve as the principal liaison to USAID/Mali for this project and will have regular communication with USAID/Mali’s Agreement Officer’s Representative. The COP will collaborate closely with all stakeholders, in particular the Mali Ministry of Health and other partners working in the same geographic areas. The COP is responsible for ensuring compliance with FHI 360 policies and procedures and USG rules and regulations and for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and quality of program implementation. The position will be based in Bamako, Mali. 

Key Responsibilities:


  • Leads the project team, technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encourages effective teamwork;
  • Oversees a team of senior technical, operations, compliance and finance staff and ensures clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members;
  • Supervises key staff, including ensuring field staff regularly prepare and accurately update performance data;
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to managers and staff to achieve project goals and develop national leadership capacity.


  • Ensures compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and FHI 360 policies and procedures;
  • Reviews and approves contractual deliverables to meet USAID and corporate reporting requirements that document program performance and monitor overall award compliance;
  • Leads preparation of project deliverables, including annual work-plans and project activity updates, and other project-related communication and reporting materials in accordance with USAID deadlines;
  • Provides overall financial oversight of the budget over the life of the project;
  • Collaborates with and directly act upon inputs from FHI 360’s contracts management team to ensure continuous compliance of all consortium members with agreement/contract rules and regulations;
  • Organizes project teams and oversee production of SOPs to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies.

External Relations and Representation

  • Liaises with USAID/Mali, local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector companies and investors, and other partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements;
  • Liaises with USG partners and other donors and implementing agencies to ensure coordination of and synergy with other USAID/Mali health activities;
  • Builds strong strategic partnerships with a wide group of stakeholders required to achieve project goals, including local civil society and the private sector
  • Represents the project at regional, national and international fora, including technical and investment conferences, policy briefings, networking events, etc.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required; however a master’s degree or equivalent is strongly preferred, in public health or any field relevant to quality management, quality improvement and the management of human resources for health;
  • At least 10+ years of professional experience in a LMIC addressing quality management and human resources for health;
  • Experience in private sector engagement and financial investment is preferred, but not required;
  • At least 5 years of experience as a Chief of Party, or equivalent, managing and implementing high-volume USAID or other donor-funded health projects in complex settings, with specific experience working with government counterparts, international donors, and local organizations to strengthen the health sector;
  • Proven experience working with government officials, particularly the Ministry of Health is highly desirable;
  • Prior experience in working in Mali and/or knowledge of the Malian health sector;
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects;
  • Experience supervising a team of technical staff;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French; knowledge of Bambara or any Malian local languages will be an advantage.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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About FHI 360

FHI 360 is an international nonprofit working to improve the health and well-being of people in the United States and around the world.

We partner with governments, the private sector and civil society to bring about positive social change and to provide lifesaving health care, quality education and opportunities for meaningful economic participation. We do this by using research and evidence to design and deliver innovative programs that change behaviors, increase access to services and improve lives. 

Our staff of more than 4,000 professionals work in more than 60 countries. Their diverse technical expertise and deep understanding of local conditions provide a 360-degree perspective that allows us to develop customized responses to the toughest human development challenges.