Deputy Chief of Party at BCMCF Lesotho



Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Lesotho (BCMCF-L), is a legal, non-profit/tax exempt organization registered in Lesotho (2005). BCMCF-L, providing free paediatric and family-centred HIV and tuberculosis prevention, care, treatment and support, serves thousands of children and families affected by HIV, TB, or other child health conditions. KARABO EA BOPHELO (KB).is a five-year activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), supporting the Government of Lesotho (GoL) to prevent new HIV infections and reduce vulnerability among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Lesotho.  These positions are based in Maseru.

BCMCFL is looking for highly qualified local candidates to fill in the following positions available under Karabo Ea Bophelo (KB) Project on a full-time, Fixed-Term Contract basis.


Deputy Chief of Party x1

Based in Maseru KB HUB

Duties and Responsibilities

Position Overview

Reporting directly to KB’s Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party will support the COP with overseeing implementation of all aspects of the project, including administration, program management, performance monitoring and technical implementation. S/he is expected to join the COP in supporting coordination amongst USAID, key stakeholders (including government ministries), and other implementing partners, and must have transparent communication with the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) alongside the COP.

The DCOP will provide support to the Chief of Party in leading the implementation team and ensuring effective execution of the day-to-day activities of the USAID Karabo ea Bophelo Activity. Supporting the Chief of Party, the DCOP will help oversee the implementation of innovative and adaptive technical strategies aimed at empowering OVC and AGYW including their families. The DCOP will coordinate with the project donor and ensure compliance with all donor requirements, including those related to project reporting, timely submission of deliverables, and financial burn rates. The DCOP will supervise, manage, coach and mentor technical staff members, improving their capacity to succeed in their positions. The DCOP will report to the Chief of Party and will work in close collaboration with project partner organizations.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

The Deputy Chief of Party will work collaboratively with the COP to ensure operational, financial and management excellence in the KB project, including compliance with all donor requirements and regulations, and submission of deliverables as required.

  • Technical, management, financial, and administrative leadership, in collaboration with the COP and the KB senior leadership team,
  • Support key stakeholder and donor engagement in collaboration with COP;
  • Support optimal management of project resources;
  • Support project compliance with USAID rules and regulations and organizational policies, including budget development and monitoring, expenditure reporting, and oversight of sub award partners’ spending;
  • Coordinate with the COP to ensure optimal program oversight, including knowledge management and collaborative strategic planning;
  • Foster an enabling environment that promotes local ownership and project sustainability;
  • Work with the COP to support development and implementation of project work plans and program evaluations in collaboration with technical support staff;
  • Assume interim duties and responsibilities of COP as needed, including standing in when s/he is unavailable.

Educational Qualifications, Work Experience and Key Competencies

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Public Health, Social Work, Institutional or Organizational Development, International Management, Public Administration or related field; a Master’s degree is preferred
  • At least ten (10) years of experience in implementing and managing complex HIV programs in the Southern African region at a senior level of similar scope and size, with significant experience in PEPFAR programs;
  • Previous senior project management experience strongly preferred;
  • Technical expertise in policy and programs serving vulnerable adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) at high risk of HIV acquisition; children and adolescents living with HIV; and HIV exposed infants, especially from young mothers;
  • Familiarity with GoL National OVC and youth policies;
  • Technical knowledge, specifically in implementation of OVC programming in Lesotho
  • Knowledge of gender issues and links with OVC, AGYW and HIV/AIDS;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage government and to represent OVC and AGYW priorities and issues
  • Demonstrated experience in financial, personnel and technical management.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and handle multiple on-going assignments;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office, particularly Excel and excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent time management and proven analytical and problem-solving ability

Highly qualified citizens and residents of Lesotho are strongly encouraged to apply.  

How to apply:  Interested candidates who meet the above criteria must email application letters including CVs, certified copies of identity documents, qualifications and three work-related referees with contact details (one should be from current supervisor/employer).

All applications must be emailed to [email protected] on or before Tuesday, 24th August 2021 at 12 noon. Clearly indicate the name of the post applied for on the subject Line. Applications will be accepted via email only. No hard copies will be accepted. Late applications will not be considered. Failure to comply with the above directions will results in the application being disqualified.

BCMCF-L reserves the right to leave an advertised position unfilled if no suitable candidate is identified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.