Deputy Chief of Party at MSH | April 2024

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About MSH

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a mission-driven, global nonprofit advisory organization that provides governments, health organizations, and the private sector with the strategies, tools, and management support to deliver high-functioning health systems effectively and efficiently. For more than 50 years, we have focused on the people at the heart of the health system – from health ministries to communities, private sector to civil society – in each environment in which we work, serving as trusted advisors to make foundational changes that support the whole health system. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with countries and communities, MSH helps to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by building strong, resilient, sustainable health systems. 

About the Opportunity

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for a potential 10-year USAID-funded supply chain and pharmaceutical system strengthening program in Tanzania. The purpose of the program will aim to strengthen Tanzania’s public health supply chain and pharmaceutical systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, affordable health commodities. 

This position is subject to project award and funding.


 This position will be responsible for providing technical leadership and building institutional capacity for the project. The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will ensure program and technical direction, staff alignment with the project vision, goals, and plans to achieve program results. With guidance and support of the Chief of Party (COP), the DCOP will coordinate the provision of technical services, harmonize efforts and maximize synergy and integration between project program areas and units. The DCOP will set a positive tone for the entire project and inspire staff to apply results-based approaches for timely delivery of services to the clients we serve including but not limited to timely producing high-quality documentation of project’s successes and lessons learned for local and international audiences, as well as quarterly reports.     


  • Provide technical leadership and managerial oversight for the project, advising the Chief of Party accordingly, to and ensure the efficient implementation of project activities and the timely reporting of those activities to regional and country specific donors, and MSH headquarters. 
  • Coordinate project liaison and collaboration with partners, USAID, clients and stakeholders, including MSH headquarters. Maintain a partnership with USAID that engenders trust and respect and builds confidence in MSH’s ability to get the job done.  
  • Work in close collaboration with the project leadership team to ensure coordinated and effective operational support for the project and for MSH within the various countries and the region. 
  • Serve as a member of the Project Leadership Team.  
  • With the F&A Director, adapt and implement management systems with standard operating procedures to administer all activities funded by the agreement. 
  • Promote a team approach that emphasizes high level performance, creative approaches, the achievement of personal and project goals and a collegial approach that is focused on assisting one another to succeed for project staff in Tanzania, as well as the support team members in the Home Office. 
  • Ensure effective coordination is established and maintained with the relevant MSH country Operational Support Team (OST). 
  • When appropriate, act on behalf of the COP. 
  • Advise the COP in alignment of human resources with project work plans and emerging SOW from the donors, MSH and partners including on external sourcing of human resources and consultants. 
  • Coordinate annual workplan development, implementation, and review.  Ensure alignment with regional frameworks and strategies, national and donor strategies in each country – including USAID strategies. The DCOP will identify opportunities for integrated planning and implementation creating synergies between various program areas.   
  • Guide and coach project staff in leveraging project, non-project and community resources through the establishment and maintenance of partnerships and networks. 
  • Direct efforts to write concept notes and new programs to address emerging health and programming challenges identified by donors, host countries or through the work we do. 
  • Contribute to a knowledge management system where the donor vision and government values permeate through our clients to reach beneficiary communities, and the learning from grassroots and countries is documented and shared to influence new programming at national and regional levels. 


  • Advanced degree in public health, supply chain management, institutional development, business management, finance, or related field or minimum or 10 years in related professional experience 
  • Minimum 8 years of experience managing USAID or other donor funded projects in developing countries. 
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working on supply chain/pharmaceutical management projects. Private sector experience a plus.  
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. 
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit. 
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, and negotiation skills. 
  • Fluency in English required. 
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.   
  • Current work authorization in Tanzania preferred.   

MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.

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