Deputy Project Manager

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire · Private Sector Engagement



VillageReach is an NGO that develops solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public health, technology, and business to bring life-saving innovation – new systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities. VillageReach is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique.



VillageReach is searching for a qualified individual to fill the role of Operations Manager/Deputy Project Manager (DPM) for its digital health program in Cote d’Ivoire. This person will be based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, with frequent domestic travels. This is a regular employee position with a fixed term to end no later than April 30, 2021. The DPM will provide day-to-day support of the field deployment of a digital health solution. They will assist the Program lead with project oversight, coordination and reporting. They will be responsible for developing and updating operational planning and will ensure all project and deployment plans are timely and efficiently executed. The DPM will facilitate transparent and timely communication between all partners through weekly coordination meetings, quarterly meetings, reports, and ad hoc meetings as necessary and ensure the project is properly documented and reported to proper audience.


Gavi, the vaccine alliance, Orange S.A., a global telecommunications leader, and the Ministry of Health of Cote d’Ivoire joined forces to improve immunization coverage in Cote d’Ivoire by leveraging the increasing prevalence of mobile technology. The three partners, supported by their technical partner VillageReach, conceived the M-Vaccin project that aims at developing and deploying a customized mobile application in targeted health districts identified by the Programme Elargi de Vaccination (PEV). The mobile application will send SMS reminders to mothers of personalized vaccines schedules and will allow health workers to monitor immunization activities with the digital registration of patients. The expected impact of this initiative is threefold: 1) improve demand for vaccination via sms reminders; 2) decrease dropout rates; 3) improve data access, quality and management.

Since project inception in July 2016, VillageReach is serving in a management capacity on this project and is providing overall supervision to ensure adherence to partnership agreements and project plans and technical support in planning for and deployment of M-Vaccin.

The DPM will provide day-to-day support of the field deployment of the M-Vaccin solution.He/she will assist the program lead on a day-to-day basis. He/she will support client-facing project managers, business, and technical analysts by contributing in maintaining oversight of the overall project resources, schedule, key milestones, and deliverables. He/she will also support the Project Manager in Monitoring & Evaluation and Financial Management. The candidate will work directly with technical partners, final users, and the EPI team at the central, district and health facility levels with specific leadership for the field deployment of M-Vaccin. He/she will be responsible for the following:

Project Management (60%)

Partnership Management (5%)

Technical (25%)

Monitoring and Evaluation and Financial Management (10%)

The principal accountabilities are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks. The need for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed by the Program Lead.


The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.


To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

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Environment and Physical Demands

VillageReach has no offices in Côte d’Ivoire. All aspects of employee's work will be directed through VillageReach, but the official employee/employer relationship will be via a Professional Employing Organization to comply with local employment requirements.


The position is a fixed term contract to end no later than April 30, 2021. This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter through this portal and respond to the application questions.


VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.

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