Chief of Party - Localize Global Health Security

Multiple Countries
Full Time

Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company (Kaizen) is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven development and spur sustainable entrepreneurship and investments. We leverage existing knowledge, new technologies, local peer networks, and innovative business models to support local reforms that are sustained through market forces.

Since our inception, we have provided support to more than 200 government, private-sector, and non-profit organizations in emerging markets worldwide. We have created solutions that achieve outcomes across a broad range of sectors including education, health, finance, agriculture, governance, economic growth, energy and environment, and water. 

Kaizen is searching for a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated Localize Global Health Security (LGHS) Project. The purpose of the LGHS Project is to support local partners to address gaps in health security including as identified in national health security capacity assessments. LGHS will complement the multi-sectoral, cross-technical approaches of other Global Health Security (GHS) programs to move focus countries closer to achieving the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) 2024 target. As a result of this support, local partners will be able to: 1-Address identified gaps in the national health security efforts at sub-national and community levels; 2-Strengthen risk communication and community engagement, zoonotic diseases surveillance and response, national laboratory systems, emergency operations, and infection prevention and control (and other targeted interventions that address antimicrobial resistance (AMR); 3-Prepared to technically and managerially manage direct grants from Missions by the fourth year of the project.

The program will prioritize but not be limited to 19 intensive focus countries for LGHS Grants, including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam. During the first year of implementation, USAID anticipates that focus countries will include Guinea, Mali, Kenya, and Tanzania.


The Chief of Party (COP) will provide management oversight of the activity and act as the primary point of contact with USAID about day-to-day implementation and management matters relating to the contract. The COP must also have overall responsibility for assuring that all assistance provided under the contract is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed. The COP is also responsible for facilitating communication and close coordination with all stakeholders of the activity. This position will be based in Washington, D.C.


  • Provide vision and overall leadership to program operations;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID on day-to-day activity implementation and management issues;
  • Lead work planning and oversee all project management systems including finance and administration, human resources;
  • Supervise senior staff including hiring, mentoring local staff;
  • Supervise the work of all personnel assigned to tasks under the program;
  • Drive the achievement of program results by ensuring the provision of timely, relevant, high-quality services;
  • Facilitate a collaborative relationship between and among implementing partner and the client;
  • Ensure the USAID compliance and integrity of program operations.
  • Ensure timely, accurate, and user-friendly reporting on the progress and status of all services provided under the program;

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least ten (10) years of demonstrated relevant experience within an international development context, and a demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with international organizations; US Government agencies; and NGO partners, private sector partners, and host country governments (including  senior government officials) in developing countries;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated senior-level leadership experience (e.g. Chief of Party, Project Director, Principle Investigator, Deputy Director) for health security or infectious disease programs of similar magnitude and complexity; and
  • At least 5 years of experience as a senior field management experience demonstrating  professional interaction with senior U.S. and foreign government officials. 
  • Master’s degree in management, international development, social sciences, economics, or business administration or a related field required.
  • Fluency in English oral and written communication.

Preferred Experience

  • The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) is a multilateral, multi-sectoral effort designed to accelerate progress toward full implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) by elevating health security as a priority and coordinating action to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to infectious disease threats. The candidate is not expected to have experience with the GHSA but working knowledge is preferred.
  • World Health Organizations’ Joint External Evaluation (JEE) tool (version 2.0) currently includes 19 core health security technical areas and USAID has prioritized strengthening the following seven: antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic disease, national laboratory systems, surveillance, human resources/workforce development, emergency preparedness and risk communications. Experience in some or all the JEE technical areas is preferred. Familiarity with the JEE tool is also preferred but not expected.
  • Experience working with and strengthening the capacity local organizations that are engaged with USAID and other implementing partners.
  • Experience in one or more of the following intensive focus countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, Ethiopia, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam
  • Experience with managing and issuing grants-under-contract and ensuring their effective implementation.

This position is contingent upon contract award.


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