Global Environment & Technology Foundation - Project Last Mile

South Africa

 

Opportunity Description: Chief of Party, Next Mile Mzansi (NMM)

The Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) seeks to hire a Chief of Party (CoP) for Next Mile Mzansi, a multi-year bilateral agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Southern Africa and GETF to provide private sector expertise promoting health systems strengthening efforts for HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 in South Africa.

The successful candidate for this senior-level position will offer a proven track record of successfully implementing and managing large-scale, USAID-funded public health programs. The CoP will be responsible for managing oversight of the entire program agreement, stakeholder management across complex donor, public and commercial sector environments, including representing the program to local implementing partners and high-level government and USAID officials. In this role, the CoP will provide strategic, technical and operational oversight across all program activities – ensuring the program meets and exceeds USAID and stakeholder goals and strategic objectives.

This will be a contractor position, for up to 160 hours per month, starting immediately. Applicants must be able to work in South Africa.

About Next Mile Mzansi (NMM):

In order to achieve ambitious HIV epidemic control targets, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID and the Government of South Africa (GoSA) have identified critical new interventions that will require public-private partnerships and leverage private sector expertise and networks. In collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDoH), USAID, PEPFAR, national and district support partners and commercial sectors, Next Mile Mzansi was launched in August 2020 to leverage expertise from The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and its partners across the Coca-Cola ecosystem and other private sector experts to support USAID in achieving HIV epidemic control targets and addressing related health challenges, such as those related to the COVID-19 outbreak, in South Africa.

Through this alliance, Next Mile Mzansi aims to:

1.    Expand coverage of life-saving medicines through operationalizing improved differentiated service delivery models supporting Centralized Chronic Medicines Dispensing and Distribution (CCMDD) and the launch of other priority initiatives, such as multi-month dispensing and the National Health Insurance (NHI).

2.    Improve uptake of HIV services and ARV adherence among highly vulnerable populations using strategic and operational marketing approaches for targeted behavior change.

3.    Adapt and apply commercial best practice in route-to-market for emerging innovative medical technologies and health care business models.

4.    Facilitate and advise on market entry and design of innovative medicine, diagnostics and technology and design of new public-private partnerships for improved service delivery at the request of USAID/PEPFAR.

5.    In addition to the pillars above, the Next Mile Mzansi team will adapt and respond to requests from USAID and the NDoH to strengthen COVID-19 response and vaccine roll-out efforts in South Africa.

Next Mile Mzansi is the South Africa program of a broader partnership, Project Last Mile (PLM). Additional information on PLM can be found here: www.projectlastmile.com.

Duties:

 

The Chief of Party’s primary responsibilities are aimed at providing overall leadership management and general technical direction for the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the cooperative agreement. This individual will serve as the cooperative agreement interface with USAID and be expected to anticipate and identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. This individual shall act as the principal liaison between USAID/Southern Africa, Technical Project Leads, GETF and all other counterparts and implementing partners involved with the program. The position requires significant coordination skills, an entrepreneurial and flexible spirit with the ability to identify and drive new opportunities to grow the program, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in South Africa preferred, and skills to ensure coherence and consistency in spite of urgent deadlines.

Basic Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall management, strategic direction and leadership to the project to achieve expected committed annual project goals and results.
  • Serve as the principal liaison with stakeholders, including the National Department of Health, USAID, civil society and implementing and relevant commercial sector partners to ensure alignment and buy-in, and facilitate ongoing program reporting across NMM workstreams.
  • Identify and build strong strategic partnerships with a wide group of stakeholders, including the NDoH, private sector, implementing partners and civil society.
  • Liaise with US government and other donor partners to ensure coordination and synergy with other USAID/Southern Africa health related activities.
  • Work with the Technical Leads of each NMM workstream to ensure high-quality, results-oriented technical programming grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and approved annual workplans and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee routine program reporting to meet USAID agreement requirements, document program performance and key achievements.
  • Lead annual work-planning process across Technical Leads, donors and government partners to identify strategic partnership opportunities, align priorities across workstreams and secure approvals within USAID deadlines.
  • Ensure ongoing reporting to and compliance with GETF policies and procedures and overall USAID cooperative agreement requirements, in close coordination with GETF.
  • Oversee internal project and partner reporting and tracking systems to enable tracking systems to identify and mitigate risks and provide key information in an efficient and timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with post-graduate qualifications (preferred) in public health, international development, business, economics or related field of study or equivalent work experience required;
  • Ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible international work experience implementing multi-sector global health programs and/or international development programs with demonstrated strong management and coordinating skills;
  • At least five (5) years of management and leadership experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs;
  • No less than five (5) years of experience in public health – HIV/AIDS service delivery programs and/or private sector engagement for health preferred. Experience working with senior NDoH stakeholders in South Africa strongly desired;
  • Relevant technical background in HIV/AIDS service delivery in South Africa – specifically in areas of supply chain strengthening, social behavior change communications or private sector engagement for improved global health outcomes preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing cross-sector alliances with the NDoH, implementing partners and the private sector;
  • Demonstrated excellent communications and writing abilities and superior interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID administrative and procurement practices;
  • Fluent in English; fluency in an additional local language will be an advantage;
  • Previous CoP experience in Sub-Saharan Africa a plus;
  • This position is based in South Africa, Johannesburg or Pretoria (preferred). Ability to work in South Africa required.

About GETF:

Project Last Mile is managed by the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, which provides strategic advisory, program design, project management and grants administration for the partnership. GETF is a non-profit organization with over 30 years’ experience building and administering public-private partnerships for social impact at scale. The Foundation is a leading developer and manager of partnerships that advance public health. GETF provides strategic counsel and partnership services to a variety of organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, US Executive Branch agencies and multilateral institutions. Our expertise includes working with public and private partners to build resilient, sustainable communities through the creation of high-impact partnerships, introducing new technologies and business models and managing programs that have a lasting and positive impact on the world.

 

Interested applicants should submit a CV, cover letter and writing sample to Ahmed Mostafa at ahmed.mostafa@getf.org