Chief of Party, USAID HIV Prevention Activity

Based in  Lusaka, Zambia

Reports to  Regional Representative

Status: This position is contingent on successful funding


Who we are

With over 50 years of experience, working in over 40+ countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer powered healthcare.


There are over 5,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.


Join us!

PSI in partnership with its local affiliate Society for Family Health Zambia seeks a seasoned Chief of Party (COP) to lead the management, coordination, and reporting of all activities under an anticipated $50M 5-year USAID/PEPFAR-funded project in Zambia. The project will support HIV Prevention activities for key populations in Zambia.


The COP should have significant leadership including local board management, people and operational management, and international development experience; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing government, donor, and HIV stakeholder community engagement and relationship building; experience with key population programming, a commitment to capacity building and mentorship; and experience successfully conducting and implementing USAID-funded projects of similar size and scope. Your primary responsibility will be to ensure that the activity produces the results specified in annual work plans, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost. The COP will act as the main point of contact with USAID and other stakeholders involved in program implementation. The COP will also ensure that the program is represented in national technical, policy, and planning forums with USAID/PEPFAR, the Government of Zambia, key HIV stakeholders, and the local board. This position will be based in Lusaka, Zambia.


Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

  • Lead the implementation and monitoring of the USAID/PEPFAR HIV Prevention, Key Population Activity.
  • Oversee a management team in the main project office, as well as key teams across other regions in Zambia.
  • Lead program planning, design and management, coordination and communication, and reporting with sub-partners.
  • Build relationships and collaboration among partners.
  • Technical and organizational capacity building.
  • Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with donors, implementing partners, and Zambian government entities at all levels.
  • Serve as the focal point for engaging in dialogue with the Government of Zambia at both the central and decentralized levels, in conjunction with donors on key issues relevant to the USAID/PEPFAR HIV Prevention Activity.
  • Serve as the main point of contact/representative for the project to USAID/PEPFAR.
  • Ensure the effective use and coordination of USAID/PEPFAR resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls with US Government standards.
  • Oversee quality assurance of program activities and services and data quality, implementation of monitoring and evaluation plans in line with PEPFAR MER 2.5.
  • Ensure high-quality reporting in line with USAID/PEPFAR requirements.
  • Support the local board to ensure risk mitigation and compliance throughout project implementation.

What are we looking for?

The basics

  • Master’s degree or higher in Public Health, Business Administration, International Development or a related field;
  • At least 10 years of senior public health project management experience with large-scale projects;
  • Experience leading PEPFAR funded, HIV prevention, care, and treatment projects in sub-Saharan Africa, experience in HIV prevention and key populations programming preferred;
  • Proven leadership experience galvanizing government support and buy-in and working collaboratively with high-level stakeholders including local boards;
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience demonstrating management and supervisory capabilities in leading large teams and projects of similar scope, including financial and human resource management skills;
  • Recognized expertise in HIV prevention, care, and treatment, biomedical interventions and clinical services at community and facility levels;
  • Experience managing subawards and/or community based organizations
  • Knowledge of and understanding of Zambian national stakeholders, technical working groups and fora, and local context a plus;
  • Working knowledge of and experience with USG funded activity management, policies and procedures;
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

What would get us excited?

  • The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative, and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; and proven ability to produce results, knowledge Management and external communications. .
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, donors, other USAID projects, international and local organizations, and partners.
  • Experience in building institutional, local technical, management, and leadership capacity.
  • Ability to successfully recruit, train, develop, and manage staff.
  • Ability to manage all donor-required programmatic and financial reporting requirements, including sub-grant management.
  • Ability to perform internal control functions to manage day-to-day operations of the project.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent management skills.  

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.



  • Exempt

*Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your  iCIMS account  to find out.


PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment statu

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