Chief of Party (COP) – IHP at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)

DAI Global

Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.

Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief of Party (COP) – IHP

Locations: Abuja, Nigeria
Job Type: Proposal

Job Summary

  • We are currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Nigeria Integrated Health Program (IHP).
  • The COP will be the direct link with the donor and other relevant stakeholders and accountable for achieving project results. This position will be located in Abuja , Nigeria and is contingent upon donor approval and funding. 

Overview of the Project

  • The Nigeria Integrated Health Program project aims at strengthening the health system, increasing access to and improving quality of primary health care (PHC) services in supported states in Nigeria.
  • The program is expected to contribute to reductions in child and maternal morbidity and mortality in the target states, and to increase the capacity of health systems (public and private) to sustainably support high-quality PHC services.  

Overview of the Position

  • The Chief of Party ( COP) will provide strategy, technical leadership and overall management direction for the program.
  • This position will be responsible for project inputs, program strategy, external representation and coordination with project counterparts, USAID, the Government of Nigeria , other donors within the sector, and other programs as necessary. The COP is ultimately responsible for achieving program results , complian t delivery of activities and oversight of program activities .   

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, management, strateg ic direction , and vision for Nigeria IHP; oversee critical decisions on activities, partnerships, staffing, finances, and donor relations; coordinate with DAI home office.  
  • Identify and effectively manage and mitigate all risks related to the program .  
  • Lead the accurate and quality implementation of the program and its agreed workplans, ensuring the program is flexible, innovative and adaptive to chang es in all operating environments.  
  • In coordination with the team, develop effective relationships with key stakeholders including Government officials across the countries engaged in the program .   
  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID , in countr y – counterparts, and IHP stakeholders.
  • Supervise senior managers and technical experts.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID regulations and DAI procedures.
  • Ensure quality of program outputs are fully aligned with DAI and USAID requirements through mentoring, training and monitoring of staff and partners.   
  • Ensure the quality and timely production and submission of deliverables to USAID.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as business needs evolve. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post-graduate education (Master’s or Higher) in Public Health,Organizational Development, International Development, HealthSystems, or other fields related to the activity’s focus.
  • Minimum of 10 years experience and expertise managing large and complex donor-funded programs of similar or related nature, size, and complexity including prior experience COP, Team Lead , Program Director or similar positions on USAID projects.
  • Knowledge and understanding of USAID global health programs in African countries.
  • Demonstrated experience working in the health sector on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health programs.
  • Experience in successfully establishing and managing collaborative relationships and partnerships with donors and government counterparts at the senior level.  
  • Demonstrated leadership in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision, and budgeting. Demonstrated leadership abilities, including problem-solving skills, collaboration experience, creativity, and willingness to innovate.  
  • Fluent oral and strong analytical, written English communications skills are required.

Supervisory Requirements:

  • Experience supervising full time staff, short term consultants and the work of implementing partners, both directly and through a matrixed management structure.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:



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  • DAI does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, veteran status, or other non-merit factor.