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Chief of Party - USAID-Kenya Digital Health Ecosystem Activity



Administration, Operations
Nairobi, Kenya
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2023


ICF is seeking candidates for the role of Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated five-year, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Digital Health Ecosystems program in Kenya. The purpose of this five-year project is to increase country ownership and management of one national integrated and comprehensive sector-wide health information ecosystem to achieve health systems outcomes of equity, quality, and resources optimization. The program will build on and strengthen local capacity in digital health technologies’ adoption to promote the use of an integrated and comprehensive digital health ecosystem, lead systems evolutions management, and sustain health system outcomes of equity, quality, and resource optimization with broad based partners from the private sector, technology firms and academia.

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya but may involve frequent in-country travel. The COP will have both managerial and technical responsibilities. Administrative responsibilities include routine liaising with the client; management of staff; overseeing of project budgets; and overall planning and management of the project. Technical responsibilities concern the ability to generally understand the range of project’s technical activities, the performance of senior and mid-level staff overseeing those activities, and the ability to assess technical performance of the project and staff. ICF is seeking an experienced Chief of Party with a strong background in technology solutions architecture, open source, and global goods development, and District Health Information Software (DHIS2) and OHIE knowledge. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience leading complex technology projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other public and private stakeholders.

The COP will lead ICF’s management of the Digital Health Ecosystems Activity.

The COP will provide high-quality leadership to the project’s interventions across Kenya, overseeing the technical and strategic direction of a $18-25 million 5-year USAID investment.


  • Provide high-quality leadership to the project’s interventions in Kenya, overseeing the technical and strategic direction of a multi-million dollar, 5-year USAID investment.
  • Build upon the documented successes and lessons learned of concurrent and predecessor efforts in strengthening national health databases, technical capacities, and human resourcing to ensure that all relevant lessons learned are applied and adapted in implementation.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for USAID and other key stakeholders, providing regular updates on project progress, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Work closely with the Ministry of Health and other partners to ensure that the project is aligned with national health priorities and supports the development of sustainable health systems.
  • Make programmatic decisions and troubleshoot implementation challenges; oversee program data quality compliance, including development of data tracking and monitoring systems USG or donor funding audit standards; and oversee sub-grant development, including compliance with programmatic objectives and ICF\donor financial and administrative regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective and highly collaborative communication channels with USAID, Ministry of Health (MOH) and other national and regional health entities and stakeholders, international organizations, etc.
  • Oversee project management processes and methodologies to ensure projects results are delivered on time, within the budget and adhere to high quality standards.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the project’s learning, documentation, and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned.
  • Ensure the project’s timely and complete submission of high-quality work plans, quarterly and annual reports, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) reports, financial reports, and any other deliverables required by USAID.
  • Use professional judgement in handling information and demonstrate sensitivity to project team, individual, and all levels of organizational concerns.
  • Make use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive modeling, and fact-based management to drive decision making.
  • Mentor and support the success of junior and senior leadership team members within ICF and its subrecipients.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in computer science, public health, or related field.
  • 10+ years of senior leadership experience on USAID programs of similar size and complexity is required.
  • 8 + years of relevant experience working in Kenya in digital health, technology solutions architecture, and project management especially with donor-funded projects.
  • 7 + years of experience building partnerships with national and subnational government agencies, private sector, academia, and local community organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with a range of programming languages, including but not limited to JAVA and Python.
  • Experience with DHIS2 and OHIE platforms and methodologies
  • Experience in developing open source and global public goods applications and platforms.
  • Experience of cloud computing platforms such as Google, AWS, and Microsoft.
  • Familiarity with statistical languages and methodologies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to locally-led, equitable solutions.
  • Advanced communication, writing, English fluency and interpersonal skills

Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future. Nairobi, Kenya (KE51)