Chief of Party (The Initiative for Hygiene, Sanitation, and Nutrition (IHSAN))

FHI 360

Kabul, , AF

About FHI 360:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Chief of Party



The Initiative for Hygiene, Sanitation, and Nutrition (IHSAN) is a five-year project whose goal is to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA), civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to carry out and scale up evidence-based nutrition and water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) interventions that will improve the nutritional status of women and children less than five years old.  Specific project objectives include enhancing capacity to institutionalize nutrition programs, increasing adoption of optimal nutrition and hygiene behaviors at community and household levels, increasing availability of nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation services and products increased.  The project will focus on the 10 provinces with poorest nutritional indicators based on the 2013 national nutrition assessment. Recognizing that significant variations in health situations exist between districts and sub-districts in each province, we will promote improved nutrient intake and awareness and improved sanitation and hygiene practices by working with provincial health authorities and communities to strive toward improved coverage in priority areas.


Job Summary / Responsibilities:

  • Ensures program quality according to USAID, FHI 360 and global standards.
  • Ensures the achievement of results for which FHI 360 and partners are responsible under agreement with the donor.
  • Ensures that project resources are utilized in accordance with applicable FHI 360 and USAID policies and procedures.
  • Oversees production of timely and accurate financial and programmatic reports to USAID and FHI as required.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates activities to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
  • Establishes annual work plans, project teams, and SOPs to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies.
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to managers and staff to achieve project goals and develop national leadership capacity.
  • Establishes, serves, and maintains partnerships with internal and external stakeholders on project matters.
  • Provides leadership to the project team, ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encourages effective team-work.
  • Responsible for induction of project staff, ensuring their familiarity with mandate values, quality standards, policies and program objectives and their individual responsibilities in upholding these standards and policies.


  • Provides capacity to develop tools and systems to enhance the use of data both within and outside the health system.
  • Manages development of and monitors work plans and budgets; ensures appropriate levels of technical assistance in program operations; coordinates partner efforts in program implementation; ensures appropriate program monitoring and accurate financial and programmatic reporting to HQ, and other donors as required.
  • Ensures appropriate technical, programmatic, financial and resource development supports leveraging additional donor funds into the project.
  • Sets goals and budgets for projects and leads department in achieving strategic goals.
  • Leads coordination of resources for ongoing projects across business units and addresses/resolves project issues.

 Type and Nature of Contacts:

  • Primary liaison with USAID Afghanistan
  • Senior level policy and technical staff with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), other Ministries, international donors and Partners.
  • Routine coordination with all FHI 360 and other project-based consortia employees, on-site and in the field.
  • Close liaison and relationship building with donors, local NGOs/PVOs partners, and public/private agencies.
  • Organizational representation at professional meetings and conferences.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Must reside in Kabul for the duration of the project period.



  • Bachelors degree required, Advanced degree (post-graduate or higher) preferred in public health, business administration, health sciences, or other relevant field.

Work Experience:

A total of at least fifteen (15) years including:

  • At least five (5) years prior experience as Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or equivalent leadership experience on similar, international, donor-funded programs in high-stress complex countries; and
  • At least ten (10) years of experience in the field of nutrition programming, maternal child health, or water, sanitation and hygiene.

Additional Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to advise host country officials at the ministerial level, and create and maintain effective working relationships with international and local stakeholders, NGOs, local partners, and U.S. Government agencies; and
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and representation skills.

Desired qualifications

  • A history of productive involvement with governmental health systems, processes and service delivery models in developing countries.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and practices with project management, process development and execution.
  • Excellent and demonstrated project management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with fluency in Dari or Pashto preferred.
  • Experience operating in insecure environments.
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong consultative skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Ability to motivate, influences, and collaborates with others.
  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, UN and where appropriate, donor representatives.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.