Corus International
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  • Bamako, MLI
  • Regular Full -Time
  • WestAfricaHaiti

Chief of Party - Mali Health Financing

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), part of the Corus International family of organizations, is seeking a Chief of Party to lead an anticipated USAID-funded Health Financing Activity in Mali. The five-year activity will provide technical and financial support to equip selected farmer organizations with health mutuals and improve health prevention and care among farmers and their extended families in Mali.

Corus International is an ensemble of organizations working together in the world's most fragile settings to deliver the holistic, lasting solutions needed to overcome the interconnected challenges of poverty, health care access, and climate change.‚Äč Formed through the strategic merger of Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health (and now including the smaller entities of Charlie Goldsmith Associates, Ground Up Investing, and Farmers Market Coffee), Corus International works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, with a primary focus on health, livelihoods, and emergency response.

Summary of the position

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide overall vision and leadership to ensure technical and financial integrity of the project. S/he will serve as the primary point of technical contact with USAID and the Government of Mali, and will design and oversee the annual phasing in of activities within the workplan. The COP supervises the day-to-day work of staff, oversees project implementation to ensure quality of health financing programming, and contributes to regional corporate strategies. The COP also ensures that all management systems, from technical to M&E to finance, actively support timely and accurate project reporting and cost effectiveness for successful implementation of the project. The competencies required to be successful in this position include a theoretical and practical understanding of global health practice areas; personnel and project management skills; the ability to motivate and lead teams; and the demonstrated ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and accountability for achieving results.

The COP position will be based in Bamako, Mali, and will report to the Senior Regional Director for West Africa and Haiti. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful Activity award and USAID approval.

Nationals of Mali are highly encouraged to apply.


  • Provide overall leadership and supervision of all project activities, including sub-awardees and project personnel
  • Lead all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual workplans and budgets, and the performance monitoring plan, ensuring alignment of the budget to expected results and ensuring cost-effective use of resources
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID, project implementing partners, and key stakeholders
  • Oversee responses to donor reporting, including periodic technical and financial reports specified in the award
  • Liaise with relevant Ministry of Health counterparts and key stakeholders
  • Ensure compliance with USAID award and Lutheran World Relief headquarter requirements, policies, and regulations
  • As relevant, manage all local grantmaking mechanisms, ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and Corus International policies; coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs
  • Ensure the development and implementation of key project deliverables, including the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan
  • Monitor staff performance and provide capacity strengthening support when needed
  • Ensure visibility of project results, achievements, and lessons learned through presentations at conferences and workshops and/or by publishing articles through professional journals
  • Recruit and directly supervise local project staff in line with Lutheran World Relief human resources policies; oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Lutheran World Relief's values are practiced
  • Provide strategic vision on program sustainability
  • Build capacity of local partner organizations to increase ownership and sustainability of activities beyond the life of the project
  • Coordinate with other local USAID representatives and USG projects, as well as with other development partners, to ensure collaboration, integrated approach, and complementarity of the interventions to add value to service delivery improvement
  • Manage funds and subawards by preparing annual budgets together with field and project staff; ensure and supervise regular financial reporting; closely monitor project expenditures; and keep the Senior Regional Director apprised of significant variances
  • Ensure that project expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent, and spent in accordance with USAID rules and regulations; support annual audit procedures
  • Oversee property and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) or equivalent, or advanced degree in public health, hospital administration, healthcare financing, public administration, or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum of eight years of experience managing and implementing donor-funded health projects, with a strong preference for experience and familiarity with USAID programming and priorities
  • At least five years of previous experience managing an international development team as either a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party is preferred
  • Experience overseeing sub-awardees to achieve project results; familiarity with and expertise in overseeing financial and contractual management aspects of project management
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and skills in health financing, institutional strengthening, and linkages between communities and health facilities
  • Proven ability to forge strong professional relationships and facilitate coordination with donors, implementing partners, district governments, health facilities, and communities in the public and private sectors
  • Experience in capacity building and working with the public and private health sectors, especially with district governments
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams to achieve successful project implementation, financial management, and reporting
  • Experience overseeing development and implementation of M&E systems and protocols, as well as knowledge management strategies relevant to international public health projects
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and French

LWR/Corus International is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). As such, Corus makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's or employee's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local laws. If you need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please notify Corus's Human Resources department.

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