Chief of Party, Health for Life, Nepal

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 and our Arlington, Virginia, and Cambridge, 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 seeks a Chief of Party to provide strategic leadership, management, and direction for an anticipated new five-year Health for Life (H4L) Core Contract.  The purpose of this contract is to support the focus on health systems strengthening and measuring progress in systems improvements. The project goal is to improve access to and knowledge of maternal newborn, child health and family planning services. It will address key health system constraints in the following areas: local health systems governance; data for decision-making and evidence-based policy development; human resources; quality improvement systems; logistics systems; and, knowledge and behavior change. This project will incorporate new approaches to promote optimal health behaviors and community participation and will enhance local ownership of service delivery through institutional strengthening.


This position is contingent upon project award and funding.



The Chief of Party leads and manages the project and is accountable for project deliverables and results, with 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. 



  1. The Chief of Party oversees implementation of program activities and provides high quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and administration of the project.
  1. S/he serves as the primary project liaison from MSH to the donor and is accountable for the achievement of results, ensuring quality of services are maintained at the highest standard, and that all project objectives and deliverables are met.
  1. S/he adapts and implements management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement, ensuring sufficient financial staff for disbursing all local costs under this project, monitoring and tracking expenditures, and preparing financial reports of project expenditures for submission to USAID.
  1. The Chief of Party collaborates with partners, donor, and stakeholder representatives, building and maintaining productive relationships.
  1. S/he supervises direct reports with a particular focus on achievement of their key tasks and project deliverables.
  1. S/he communicates, implements, and assures adherence to MSH and project policies, guidelines and values; develops staff skills and knowledge; and facilitates supervisee success and professional development whenever possible.
  1. The Chief of Party serves as the primary liaison for communication with USAID, US Government representatives, partners, civil society organizations, appropriate officials from the Government of Nepal and representatives from other donor and development agencies.



  1. Minimum of a Master’s degree in Public Health or other relevant discipline.
  2. Significant (10 years+), senior-level experience designing, implementing, and managing complex health programs in developing countries on a similar scale.
  3. Demonstrated technical depth in Health Systems Strengthening/Systems Strengthening and in at least one of the following areas: Health Services Delivery; Family Planning, Maternal/Newborn/Child Health.
  4. Familiarity with USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor-assisted project.
  5. Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
  6. Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  7. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID, cooperating agencies, and donor organizations.
  8. Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  9. Willingness to travel within Nepal as needed.



Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.


To apply for this position, please submit a resume to  For more information about MSH, please visit our web site at  If you cannot apply online or have difficulty doing so, please email an explanation of your problem to



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