Chief of Party (Project Director)

Yangon | Yangon

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices (including Burma) and our Arlington, Virginia and Medford, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

MSH is currently seeking candidates to this position for an anticipated 5-year, $50 million public health project focused on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH). This project will be funded by the United Stated Government (USG) and will implement activities at national and sub-national levels in Burma. This position is contingent upon project award and funding.

Specific Responsibilities


The Chief of Party leads and manages the MSH project. S/he is accountable for project deliverables and results, and has full accountability and authority for the development, execution, and monitoring of the project, including (1) vision and technical strategy; (2) project management; (3) documentation and communication; (4) client(s) and stakeholder(s) relationships; and (5) coordination and synergy with other MSH projects, and collaboration with MSH Country Representative and the Country Operations Management Unit (COMU). The Chief of Party is responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the project and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to USAID.


Project Results

  1. Client expectations- Ensure achievement of contract/agreement goals (meeting or exceeding expected project targets and deliverables on time and within budget) as per contract/agreement and client(s) approved Results Framework and Performance Monitoring Plan.
  2. Project Management- Provide effective project management systems within MSH policies, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures while ensuring local ownership, appropriateness and responsiveness.
  3. Relationships- Cultivate and maintain effective dialogue and relationships with project client(s), beneficiaries, partner(s), coworkers and other local and international stakeholders.
  4. MSH Interests- Safeguard MSH’s reputation by ensuring that financial, contractual, technical, and political integrity is maintained and strengthened.

Vision and Technical Strategy

  1. Develop and execute project’s Results Framework, Performance Monitoring Plan, Technical Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan and annual project work plans as per contract/agreement requirements, approved budget and received obligations, MSH technical frameworks and standards, and Results Management Systems (RMS) guidelines.

Project Management

  1. Implement a Financial Pipeline Tracking system for effective budget monitoring and cost control based on sound financial and accounting principles, MSH Standard Operating Procedures, and MSH and donor reporting requirements.
  2. Develop and adapt (as needed) project financial plan in line with contract/agreement budget and received obligations, technical strategy, work plan, and reporting requirements.
  3. Ensure contract/agreement implementation in compliance with contract/agreement clauses, MSH and donor policies, regulations and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  4. Ensure project staffing, structure and reporting relationships are aligned with project needs, local context and available resources.
  5. Manage human resources in accordance to MSH values, policies and guidelines, and implement an effective performance-management program focusing on results and individual accountability, including regular check-ins, annual appraisals, supportive supervision, rewards, training, coaching and career development support.
  6. With support of Project Director Supervisor, develop technical assistance plan and budget.

Documentation and Communication

  1. Ensure appropriate and timely documentation and dissemination of key results and deliverables for maximum project impact and business development using a variety of communication strategies and media.
  2. Promote and facilitate staff participation in MSH’s Technical Exchange Network (TEN) and south-to-south exchanges.
  3. Ensure quarterly submission of project documentation to MSH’s central Institutional Memory System (IMS).

Client(s) and other Stakeholder(s) Relationships

  1. Build and maintain strong working relations with key internal and external stakeholders, beneficiaries, prime and subcontractors, suppliers and partners. Provide effective and timely responses to inquiries and concerns.
  2. Contribute to building MSH’s reputation by developing local and international networks to disseminate project results, attract talent and generate business.

Other MSH Contributions

  1. Collaborate with the MSH Country Representative and participate as required in activities organized in the context of MSH Representation in country.
  2. Ensure harmonious collaboration with, and cost-effective use of, the COMU.
  3. Collaborate with the Office of Strategic Development and Communications in aspects of business development, including strategic communication, intelligence gathering, positioning, proposal development, etc.
  4. Identify and track new business opportunities by communicating them to the relevant internal MSH stakeholders.
  5. Ensure effective project collaboration, coordination and internal partnerships with other projects, Centers and Offices to build synergies across programs for maximum impact.

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree, preferably on public health and related sciences and/or a university degree in a health profession (medical doctor, nurse, midwife).
  • At least 12 years of professional experience.
  • At least 8 years of experience as a project director or senior manager of a public health or social development project, of similar scope and complexity, and funded by the USG or other international donors.
  • Fluency of the English language is required.
  • Working knowledge of the Burmese language is recommended.
  • The participation of qualified Burmese candidates, and/or candidates with working experience and/or current residence in Burma is encouraged.

Interested candidates should apply online by November 1, 2016 and including the following documents:

  • 2-page letter stating your interest for the position and explaining the relevance of your professional training and experience to fulfill its expected roles and qualifications.
  • Complete CV in English (no professional references are needed at this stage)

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Project Director Supervisor

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: MSH - Management Sciences for Health
  • Location: Yangon | Yangon
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-11-15

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