Vacancy for Deputy Chief of Party – Nigeria
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University Research Co., LLC (URC) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to directly assist the Chief of Party (COP) in the design, roll-out and day-to-day management and implementation of a potential United States Government (USG) funded project based in Nigeria.  This position is contingent on contract award. URC supports the Government of Nigeria, US government implementing partners, and local providers to design and implement high quality programs serving vulnerable children and adolescents and their families. Candidates must have experience leading large health and social service programs in Nigeria. A local Nigerian with strong technical and managerial skills and a focus on innovation and improvement science is preferred.  Please see our website at for more information on our company.
Specific Responsibilities
Primary duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Support the COP in overseeing, managing and providing technical assistance for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs serving vulnerable children, adolescents and families
  • Provide programmatic oversight to all aspects of the program, coordinate effective implementation of program activities, including development of annual work plans and facilitation of timely implementation and responsiveness to project objectives
  • Develop annual program implementation budgets and monitor budget expenditures
  • Model and promote capacity building practices among all staff through supportive supervision
  • In consultation with the COP, provide conceptual and management guidance to senior staff
  • Provide technical support and oversight to all employees and consultants
  • Coordinate with other senior staff on strategic project management
  • In consultation with the COP, establish and maintain partnerships with the public and private sector to strengthen programmatic outputs and initiatives
  • Chair periodic programmatic meetings to verify the implementation of activities and strategies under the operational plan
  • Assist the COP in ensuring high quality technical, administrative and financial management strategies
  • In consultation with the COP, work with finance staff to appropriately budget for yearly activities and provide recommendations on improvements to existing contracting procedures
  • Periodically write and submit program and technical reports
  • Support the COP in developing and nurturing relationships with current and potential program stakeholders and partners
  • Act as interim COP, as necessary and perform other duties, as assigned
  • Submit timely program reports to donor and URC Headquarters on a quarterly, semi‐annual and annual basis; disseminate program success stories and share information.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and advocate, represent URC Nigeria to USG, donor, GON, cooperating agencies and others
  • Liaise with Government of Nigeria at federal and local levels, Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Health, and other line ministries.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the URC Nigeria policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
  • Provide technical support and oversight to all employees and consultants/
    contractors working on the project
  • Coordinate with other senior program staff on strategic project management
  • Identify learning needs and coordinate learning sessions for program staff
Minimum Qualifications 
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively increasing responsibility working in public health in the fields of health and social services with children, adolescents and families
  • Experience with USG programs; PEPFAR experience highly preferred
  • Technical expertise and experience in designing and implementing programs serving vulnerable children, adolescents and young women at high risk of HIV acquisition
  • Documented experience in providing technical assistance required to implement a quality improvement approach to service delivery.
  • Management expertise, interpersonal skills, and established professional relationships to fulfill program objectives
  • Experience interacting with donor agencies including central and local government, development partners, civil society and community-based organizations
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Social Welfare, Social Sciences or another related field, with specific emphasis on vulnerable children, adolescents and families
  • Demonstrated management skills, including relevant experience in supervision of professional staff
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience overseeing program data quality, including development of data tracking systems and monitoring records
  • Ability to handle multiple and conflicting priorities, and work under strict deadlines
  • High standards of integrity
  • A Nigerian national is strongly preferred
To Apply     
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at
You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

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