Technical Director/DCOP

*Send resumes and CV’s to Mr Jeremy O’Brien,

Purpose of the Position

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) is an executive level position reporting to the Chief of Party (COP) and jointly providing leadership and management over all aspects of Beyond Zero’s PEPFAR/USAID program and assuring the attainment of the overall and yearly cooperative agreement targets. The role will take primary ownership for certain departments and functions. These departmental and functional responsibilities will focus on Programme Delivery against targets. Responsibilities include delivering with fidelity, the cooperative agreement’s contractual, programmatic, administrative and legal/regulatory outcomes, goals, objectives and activities; managing financial resources; managing and developing program staff; managing sub-awardees; coordination of partners; maintaining good working relationships with the funder (OGAC & USAID), host government, stakeholders, and local partners; managing donor reporting; ensuring compliance with all funder and host country requirements; ensuring high-quality cost effective delivery of services. At all times the DOCP must be leading brand ambassador, adhere to the highest ethical and legal standards, and create a fair, positive and equitable work environment.

Key Accountabilities (included but not limited to)

In your role as Deputy Chief of Party you will:

Achieve the required results

  • Fully attain the cooperative agreement’s targets, goals and objectives (overall and on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis)
    Fully attain internal organisational Strategic Objectives (e.g. business development, adoption of new systems, policy directives, special initiatives)

Provide effective transformational leadership and management

  • Providing leadership in project planning, including the development of annual work plans and budgets; help guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results; and review annual budgets and quarterly reports.
  • Provide effective project and program management and coordination across departments, units and teams including sub-awardees, vendors, other PEPFAR implementing partners, government, PEPFAR agencies and other stakeholders o Provide effective stewardship and accountability over financial resources
  • Ensure that an effective performance management system is in place and drives the organisation to continuously improve
  • Ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations, local country laws and BZ policies and procedures
  • Fulfil reporting requirements to the satisfaction of the funder

Build and sustain a strong, competent, informed and enthusiastic organization

  • Ensure that the best and most competent talent is hired across the BZ PEPFAR organisation
  • Lead, manage, mentor and develop key team members and ensure that an effective succession plan is operational across all key departments and functions of the country program
  • Oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where BZ values and culture corner stones are lived daily
  • Create and foster healthy, positive, collegial safe and motivating work force and work environment

Grow and diversify revenues

  • Actively participate in business development activities (sourcing, capture planning,
  • proposal writing, developing teaming agreements, etc)
  • Ensure BZ is solvent and well positioned for success in the immediate, medium and long term

Support and strengthen the BZ brand and reputation

  • Represent BZ in high level local and international forums
  • Participate in key communications internally and externally
  • Serve as a senior brand ambassador and inculcate brand ambassadorship throughout the organization


Essential qualification

  •  Minimum of a Medical Degree (MBChB/MBBS/MD) with a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH)

Desirable qualification

  • Experience with implementing PEPFAR Programmes via USAID or CDC or similar within the South African Context
  • Experience implementing HIV/AIDS and TB Programmes within South African Context
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with working with Department of Health

Experience & Skills

  • Minimum of 15 years of professional experience in international development, with a significant focus on public health in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience with complex donor- funded development programs, preferably with at least five years in public health in Africa
  • Strong stakeholder relationship with Department of Health at a district and provincial level
  • Experience in successfully managing projects with a budget of at least 15 million dollars per year with direct oversight of finance, HR, compliance and program delivery
  • Minimum of seven years as Deputy Chief of Party of a large program (greater than 20 million dollars a year) or Chief of Party of a program of at least 15 million dollars a year
  • Minimum of five years of experience with PEPFAR-funded HIV/AIDS initiatives in Africa
  • Experience of having endured and survived at least one major notable failure
  • Proven ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including government representatives, non-profit associations, donors, media, academic and research institutes, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience in successful program start-up, program close out and establishment of sustainability which goes beyond the period of the donor funding
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Personal Qualities & Behavioural


  • Customer-centred mindset
  • Strong operational leadership and management skills with the ability to foster followership, loyalty, commitment and build high performing teams
  • Strong sense of introspection, self-awareness and ability to foster positive working relationships and work collaboratively across the organization to optimize the client experience
  • Solutions focused, open minded, creative, innovative whilst being extremely decisive, action and results oriented
  • High adaptability and ability to endure failure, learn rapidly from it, get back on track and meet targets
  • Socially and culturally respectful, aware, adaptable and adept at finding acceptable and productive ways forward though complex constellations of stakeholders, interests and agendas
  • Strong sense of maturity, discernment and able to maintain confidentiality when required