Deputy Chief of Party

at Helen Keller International
Published October 30, 2022
Location Freetown, Sierra Leone
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will support the Chief of Party (COP) in providing strategic and technical oversight to the Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) in Sierra Leone. S/he will be responsible for supporting the COP in management of staff, capacity building and stakeholder engagement.

This position is expected to be based in Freetown. This five-year position is contingent on Helen Keller being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in spring 2023.

Specific Responsibilities

1. Lead the Activity in Sierra Leone

Support the COP in providing strategic and technical leadership and direction, defining and implementing activities to achieve the greatest impact toward SIHSA’s goals and objectives.
Manage implementing partners and oversee operations to achieve SIHSA’s objectives and deliver expected results.
2. Programmatic

Lead the implementation of innovative strategies to achieve measurable improvements in health-related outcomes across the spectrum of healthcare services.
Mobilize promising tools, best practices, and technology to accelerate progress towards increased uptake of health services.
Identify training needs for health officials and health workers and assist in designing and implementing effective interventions to build their core competencies to improve health systems governance and health service delivery.
Ensure delivery of SIHSA’s activities meets all standard operational policies and procedures.
Support the adoption of evidence-based and context-specific health interventions at district and community levels.
Actively contribute to SIHSA technical direction by developing strategies and partnerships to increase program coverage, visibility, and resource availability.
Participate in communities of practice to stay abreast of innovation and best practices within the field, identify opportunities for collaboration amongst stakeholders, and attend events or other mechanisms for dissemination and sharing of lessons learned
Support timely reporting to USAID through both formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports, ensuring compliance with USAID and Helen Keller guidelines.
3. Management

Supervise multidisciplinary technical teams to address gaps for health systems strengthening.
Support SIHSA’s staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility.
Coordinate the development, implementation and reporting on detailed management plans that may include implementation plans, deliverable tracking.
Provide financial and operational management that optimizes resources through sound budgets, consistent financial tracking, and timely submission of reports to USAID.
4. Representation and coordination within the organization and other stakeholders

Assist the COP in maintaining active and cooperative relationships with USAID contract officers, technical support staff, partner organizations, outside contractors, and implementers of other USAID-funded initiatives as required.


Advanced degree (PhD or MA) in development studies, international relations, public health, business administration, social sciences, or a related field


At least seven years of managerial role or professional experience leading similar USAID-funded programs, preferably with direct experience in Sierra Leone or West Africa.

Drop files here browse files ...