Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
Posted Job
over 1 year ago

Deputy Chief of Party

CIDRZ is seeking to hire senior level technical staff and program specialists for an anticipated USAID- funded Family Health and Nutrition Activity. This is an award for the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition Technical Assistance for 5 years. This activity will provide assistance to the government for family health and nutrition activities, which aims to provide quality health services as close to the community as possible through implementation of high impact interventions that save lives. USAID will support the MOH Family Health and Nutrition Activities in four provinces of Zambia (Luapula, Muchinga, Southern and Eastern).

The incumbent will provide oversight for day-to-day activities working closely with the Chief of Party and Grants and Operations Lead to manage project scope, schedule and cost.

Main duties

  • Supports the COP to provide strategic leadership, direction and management to project activities to deliver effective technical assistance to the government.
  • Provides technical assistance in Family Health and Nutrition activities to ensure support and capacity building of team leads and MOH clinical mentors and healthcare providers.
  • Facilitates the development of work plans, budgets and reporting requirements, and ensure programme activities are carried out as outlined in the grant and in accordance with donor and CIDRZ policies.
  • S/he will leverage internal and external technical assistance and academic expertise to ensure programmes are innovative, efficient and effective.
  • Effectively represent CIDRZ at MOH and partner fora through active participation in meetings and relevant national technical working groups.
  • Effective liaison at relevant RMNCAH&N technical units within the Zambian Ministry of Health at different levels to determine programmatic priorities and implementation strategies.
  • Supports capacity building, technical assistance and programme transition with relevant Provincial and District Health Offices.
  • Guides the analysis, synthesis and dissemination of project outcomes and results.


  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, social sciences, business administration, or a related technical field required
  • Minimum eight years of progressively responsible experience managing and implementing USAID or other donor-funded public health, nutrition, WASH, and/or social and behaviour change communications programmes
  • Experience managing large, complex donor projects, particularly USAID-funded contracts as Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party or Senior Technical Advisor
  • Extensive knowledge of Zambian health system and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent and nutrition services
  • Experience in technical implementation and project management in Zambia or the sub-region; Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills in English.

How to Apply

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting Reference Number above, relevant academic and professional certificates, and detailed CV with day-time telephone number(s) to:

CIDRZ Human Resources Director,

PO Box 34681,

Lusaka, Zambia

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