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Abt Associates Chief of Party - LHSS East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Chief of Party for the Local Health System Sustainability Project’s East Africa Cross-Border Health Activity (LHSS/East Africa), focusing on the following countries in the region: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The LHSS Project is USAID’s flagship initiative in integrated health systems strengthening, with a goal to help low- and middle- income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. LHSS/East Africa in particular will work in partnership with USAID Kenya and East Africa (KEA) Mission, bilateral Missions of the focus countries, regional intergovernmental organizations (RIGOs), national governments, private sector stakeholders, and relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the health of vulnerable and mobile populations that cross borders. At the end of two years, LHSS/East Africa will have increased access to and use of affordable and continuous quality health care in cross-border areas for this target population.

This is a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to focus countries depending on COVID-19 contexts.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The Chief of Party will have the following specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction, technical leadership, and project management to successfully implement planned activities and produce results;

  • Serve as the project’s key liaison with USAID KEA, bilateral Missions in focus countries, government counterparts, RIGOs, private sector stakeholders, and other local partners;

  • Provide leadership and technical support for project staff and subcontractors on areas of health financing, capacity building, and private sector engagement;

  • Supervise the project’s technical team to ensure a focus on core objectives, achievements of annual work plan and targets, and timely/effective implementation;

  • Support the underpinning of self-reliance and sustainability development throughout the implementation of all activities, emphasizing the importance of RIGOs acting as primary stewards of all work;

  • Collaboratively create and implement a strategic, long-term programmatic vision for the project and its stakeholders;

  • Coordinate with and leverage similar projects from surrounding development partners and local stakeholders for better results;

  • Monitor the progress and pace of project implementation, assuring that the full potential of the program is realized through the promotion of high-quality work and internal control; and

  • Lead planning and implementation with respect to human resource management, reporting, compliance, logistics, property, communications, environmental compliance, and all other contractual obligations in collaboration with the Finance and Operations Manager.


  • Master’s degree or higher in public health or medicine is required

  • Minimum of 15 years’ prior experience in implementing health systems strengthening and financing schemes for improving access to care, facilitating private sector engagement in health service provision, and/or strengthening local capacity and sustainability for transition-readiness, preferably with demonstrated experience (5 years) in leadership positions specifically improving access to and quality of regional or cross-border health systems

  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing development projects. Prior COP experience for USG projects is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in working in partnership with multiple host country governments/ government entities, donors, local partners, and other stakeholders

  • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate a common vision among team members and stakeholders

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are required

  • Writing and speaking Swahili and/or French is an added advantage

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree + Twelve years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Ten years of relevant experience, or PhD+ Eight years of relevant experience

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.