Chief of Party, Prevention-EMPOWER


Job Description

*This position is contingent upon donor funding. Malawian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply*

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. PATH’s work spans five platforms: vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations. By mobilizing partners around the world, PATH takes innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest needs.

PATH seeks a Chief of Party for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Prevention-EMPOWER project in Malawi. The project aims to increase the use of proven, high impact, HIV prevention interventions by high-risk and underserved populations, especially men and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and identify undiagnosed HIV-infected persons and link them to antiretroviral treatment. Specific objectives of the project include expanded use of high quality, integrated, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention services by AGYW (10 to 24 years); increased case-finding, enrollment, and retention on antiretroviral therapy of undiagnosed HIV-positive individuals; and strengthened enabling environment to implement sustainable community HIV programs.


  • Provide high-quality technical and strategic leadership, administrative and managerial oversight, and monitoring throughout project implementation.
  • Drive the development and scale of innovations and new approaches that increase youth, adolescent, and adult males’ use of high impact HIV prevention services, uptake of HIV testing, rapid enrollment in antiretroviral treatment for those that are HIV-diagnosed, and scale-up of viral load services.
  • Oversee the development of annual work plans, progress reports, and other required deliverables.
  • Manage effective activity implementation and use of resources to achieve project outcomes by monitoring work plans and finances in accordance with USAID rules and regulations and PATH policies and procedures.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities to ensure that project outcomes are accomplished and targets reached on time and within budget.
  • Lead activities to improve the capacity of indigenous organizations to manage US Government funding and deliver high-quality HIV and SRH health services.
  • Coordinate with Government of Malawi officials and other stakeholders to strengthen policy framework and community-level accountability mechanisms to create an enabling environment to implement sustainable community HIV and SRH programs.
  • Serve as project representative to the USAID Mission, other US government representatives, Government of Malawi officials, other donors, partners, and other civil society and private sector stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain strong working partnerships with all project partners and stakeholders.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with PATH policies and applicable Malawian laws.
  • Recruit to meet evolving project demands.
  • Identify project staff learning needs and provide technical assistance, guidance, and mentoring to project team on technical issues related to project implementation.

Required Experience

  • A Master’s degree or higher in a related field (e.g., public policy, business administration, health etc.), with an advanced degree in a clinical or public health discipline preferred.
  • At least 5 years of senior-level experience leading large-scale, complex HIV and/or public health programs, including supervision of technical staff.
  • Additional 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in HIV prevention, family planning/reproductive health or related fields.
  • Specific experience with SRH and/or HIV testing service delivery and policy development in the sub-Saharan African region preferred.
  • Strong understanding of community-based HIV and SRH service delivery in Malawi, particularly related to youth, adolescents, and adult males.
  • Strong management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the project, communicate a common vision, and foster collaboration.
  • Proven record of developing and maintaining strong and effective partnerships with diverse groups of stakeholders, including host government agencies, donors, civil society, private sector, and community-based organizations, preferably to implement HIV and/or SRH programming.
  • Substantial experience with USAID and US government rules and regulations, including prior experience managing PEPFAR and/or USAID-funded agreements or contracts.
  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in English.
  • Previous experience in Eastern-southern Africa is strongly preferred; experience in Malawi is desired.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Malawi

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