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Abt Global Inc. Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director, Madagascar in Antananarivo, Madagascar

The World at Abt

Solving the world’s most pressing issues and improving the quality of life for people worldwide is what we do every day at Abt Associates. Creating a more equitable world is no small task, but we are driven by big challenges.

We are a team of 3,000+ people in over 50 countries working in unison and focused on the bigger picture. Only by sharing our commitment, energy, and innovation do we affect change and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We welcome diverse ideas, backgrounds, and viewpoints – joining Abt means access to exceptional thinkers at the top of their game.

To thrive at Abt is to embrace flexibility and collaboration. Our open culture allows you to balance your work and personal life as needed to optimize personal well-being. Creating a more equitable world starts from within – we look after people around the world, and we’ll do the same for you.

Ready to embrace rewarding and meaningful work? Now’s your chance.

The Opportunity

Abt Associates is preparing for an upcoming USAID-funded health service delivery project in Madagascar which aims to strengthen the capacity of the Malagasy health system to deliver quality essential health services. The future activity will focus on improving availability and access to quality health services, strengthening the health system, and promoting healthy behaviors through social and behavior change working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, local partners and stakeholders.

As the Deputy Chief of Party/Technical Director you will serve as the project’s technical lead, reporting to the Chief of Party (COP). You will have the responsibility of overseeing all technical components of the activity, continually improving implementation quality, and ensuring the activity adheres to technical best practices. You will support the COP with the overall implementation and management of the program, ensure an integrated vision, and serve as program representative in absence of the COP. The position is anticipated to be full-time for the duration of the program and is intended to be based in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The position is contingent upon the activity’s award and USAID approval.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide direct technical supervision and support to program activities in key technical areas of the project including maternal and child health, malaria, WASH, family planning/reproductive health and gender and youth inclusion.

  • Ensure that activity components are results-oriented, deliverables are of high quality, and reporting is relevant and timely. The DCOP must focus on achieving results in all areas within the timeframe and ensure synergies and cohesion between the different result areas.

  • Support program teams in developing and implementing innovative approaches to capacity strengthening.

  • Support project staff to ensure high quality transfer of skills and knowledge to Malagasy institutions and communities.

  • Provide technical support and guidance to the COP on issues related to technical areas/functions and ensure that all activities are consistent with accepted best practices.

  • Lead the drafting and development of monthly activity updates, quarterly and annual progress reports, and technical reports as needed.

  • Directly supervise technical/programmatic leads to ensure a consistent and integrated approach across all project activities.

  • Oversee the work of technical consultants, subcontractors/subrecipients, and any other entities directly contributing to the project’s activities and results.

  • Participate in technical meetings and select technical working groups as appropriate to represent the project and ensure collaboration on relevant technical work.

  • Maintain productive working relationships with Ministry of Public Health counterparts, implementing partners and key stakeholders.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Act on behalf of the project Chief of Party during absences from post, and assists in the overall management of the project, including programmatic aspects.

What We Value

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in public health or Doctorate Degree (preferred) in Public Health or other related fields.

  • More than 10 years of experience serving in a senior technical position for a public health and/or international development project, with experience at a USAID-funded project highly desirable.

  • Experience implementing prior projects in Madagascar and deep knowledge of geo-political, ethnic, cultural, and other factors affecting programming in Madagascar and the region is required.

  • Demonstrated experience in health systems strengthening, community health, and/or health service delivery, maternal and child health, malaria, WASH, and family planning/reproductive health.

  • Demonstrated management and supervisory experience with USG funded activities.

  • Fluent in English and French is required.

What We Offer

We foster an environment where you can Thrive Your Way. Our innovative total rewards programs are designed to help balance your work and personal life. The approach toward your wellbeing centers around comprehensive benefits and professional development.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

Abt is committed to creating a safe and inclusive work environment. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate background checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Abt Associates also participates in the Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (https://misconduct-disclosure-scheme.org/) . In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By applying, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.


Around the world, vulnerable populations face an array of complex problems. At Abt Global, we’re committed to making fundamental societal change in these disproportionately affected communities. We help wherever we’re needed. Here, you’ll collaborate with an international network of talented colleagues as you design and implement solutions for critical health, climate, economic, and governance issues. In partnership with local and indigenous communities you will help to improve lives and livelihood. All the while having the support and encouragement of leaders who always put your career and wellbeing first. Come make a World of Difference with us.

At Abt, our commitment to creating a more equitable society for populations around the world starts from within. We understand how communities can flourish when people are given the right resources and support, and at Abt we continuously strive to cultivate a culture where there are no barriers to personal and professional fulfilment. Our welcoming and inclusive environment, our stance on employee wellbeing and flexibility, our deliberate approach towards expanding our talent representation, and our Employee Networking Groups are just some of the ways we ensure that everyone at Abt can thrive. With an eye towards continuous improvement, we know there’s always more to be done. And we’re set on doing it.