Chief of Party-NTD – Helen Keller International

Company Overview

Established in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged persons. We combat the cause and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 22 countries in Africa (including Nigeria), Asia as well as in the United States. With funds from the Mondelez International Foundation, HKI is implementing a healthy lifestyles project in primary schools in Ikeja, Lagos.

Position Summary

Position Overview:

The Chief of Party is responsible for the overall success of the NTD project in Nigeria.  This includes strategic planning, coordination and reporting. He/she is responsible for achieving required project results through effective project planning and management, administration and oversight, monitoring and evaluation, progress and financial reporting, and donor relationship management. The Chief of Party will provide senior technical and managerial leadership and oversight on all aspects of the NTD project activities.
The Chief of Party will work closely with the NTD department at the MOH to ensure strong client relations and with other NTD partners for coordination of NTD activities in the country. The Chief of Party is also responsible for ensuring the timely completion of activities within budget.


  • Project leadership and management
  • Lead the project team to ensure the development and implementation of program work plans and strategies aligned with USAID and Government of Nigeria priorities.
  • Ensure collaboration with counterparts and partner organizations in work planning and project implementation.
  • Serve in a catalytic role in promoting the Government of Nigeria’s ability to identify and mobilize increased domestic financial and human resources for NTDs.

Project management and implementation

  • Supervise and oversee project staff and consultants and ensure high-quality and timely deliverables.
  • Ensure the alignment of daily activities with project goals, approved work plans and standards for high quality, within-budget, and on-time product delivery.
  • Create and implement budgets based on sound financial and accounting principles, approve expenditure of funds according to approved budgets and project needs, and see that staff are recruited and managed in accordance with local, USAID and HKI requirements.
  • Maintain regular communication with the relevant NTDs stakeholders, HKI and USAID/Nigeria, and resolve problems as they arise.
  • In collaboration with project finance and accounting staff and HKI/Nigeria Country Operations, implement NTD management systems to administer all project activities.

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting

  • In collaboration with the NTD M&E Advisor and technical team, ensure the development and ongoing use and reporting against a project monitoring and evaluation plan, including indicators linked to results, that meets all HKI, and USAID reporting requirements.
  • Meet all local financial obligations, monitor and track expenditures, and prepare regular financial reports for submission to HKI Headquarters/Region and USAID.
  • In collaboration with the NTD M&E Advisor, oversee documentation of results and lessons learned from this project and the dissemination of this information within, and beyond, the Project and USAID/Nigeria.

Relationship management

  • Serve as Project liaison to USAID/Nigeria, Nigeria government agencies and other collaborating agencies.
  • Respond promptly to USAID and other key stakeholder inquiries and concerns.
  • Maintain good working relationships with partners.


  • Master’s Degree in public health or other relevant discipline and at least 10 years’ progressive experience implementing and leading technical and program activities for donor-funded health programs (at national and regional levels). Experience with NTDs or other infectious diseases preferred.
  • Past experience working with USAID preferred.
  • Understanding of USAID policies and guidelines.
  • Experience in all aspects of program management: conceiving, planning, organizing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating.
  • Excellent communication, supervisory and interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership, management, and the ability to work collaboratively across multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data along with knowledge of reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines and M&E tools.
  • Willingness to travel within Nigeria frequently and ability to travel internationally.

Method of Application

  • Interested and qualified candidates should click the link below to apply
  • Applicants should attach a comprehensive resume with a cover letter in a single MS Word document.
  • We are requesting for interested candidates to apply by sending their application along with a suitability statement to [email protected]
  • Please note that this position is contigent upon availability of funding
  • Helen Keller International 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
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