For a four to five month assignment, Global Communities is seeking an experienced Acting Chief of Party to lead the USAID Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project (CVCFG) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC.) This position is based in Silver Spring, MD with some travel to the DRC. The Acting COP will report to Global Communities, Senior Director - Resilient Communities, also based in Silver Spring.
The Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project (CVCFG) is a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Communities, Fair Congo Sarl, IMPACT, and Levin Sources with the overall objective of creating a sustainable, commercially viable, conflict-free artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Funded by USAID, the five-year, $11.9 million program, builds on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe. ASM is a significant driver of DRC’s economy with many communities in the eastern part of the country relying on the ASM sector for their livelihoods. While a variety of national, regional, and international regulations have been put in place to address the illegal trade of conflict minerals, gold, in particular, continues to fuel conflict in eastern DRC.
Provides strategic vision and leadership for CVCFG in order to achieve program goals during acting period in compliance with the annual work plan .
* Adheres to program implementation plan.
* Monitors and evaluates all work. Ensures clear delineation of roles and responsibilities.
* Oversees and ensures timely program reporting and deliverables submission (e.g. work plans, quarterly and annual reports, M&E plans).
* Travels as needed to provide technical assistance and troubleshoot.
* Ensures transparency of bidding processes and beneficiary selection.
* Provides input on activity planning and implementation.
* Develops strategies to respond to changes affecting the program’s successful completion.
Provides Technical support to sub awardee, Levin Sources, in the implementation of key activities related downstream engagement and co-investment in the project which includes, but is not limited to the following:
* Attend key events identified by the Levin Sources team and other consortium partners as critical for engagement of potential buyers and key downstream supply chain actors in the responsible gold supply chain.
* Provide technical oversight to activities related to the development and management of the Responsible Gold Innovation Fund and other co-investment tools, strategies and related activities.
* Provide technical oversight to market assessment analysis and political economy assessment activities.
Oversees establishment of a new field office.
* Works with CVCFG program management team and field-based consultants and consortium members to identify and set up a new field office in Goma, North Kivu province, DRC.
* Leads and directs HQ-based program management and field-based staff.
* Plans, organizes, distributes, and coordinates the flow of work.
* Supervises, trains, guides, and advises Deputy Chief of Party and Program Management Team.
* Establishes preliminary work plans and annual performance goals for new project team members hired during the acting period,
* Ensures timely and quality execution of project team deliverables.
* With support from the CVCFG program management team, ensures that Standards of Conduct, the Employee Handbook, and other corporate and applicable policies, procedures, and schedules are adhered to.
* Recommends, approves, and implements operation’s policies, procedures, and schedules within limits of authority.
Builds and manages relationship with project implementation partners, collaborators and stakeholders.
* Liaises and coordinates with USAID/DRC mission contacts.
* Liaises and coordinates with Government of DRC stakeholders.
* Liaises and coordinates with CVCFG Consortium partners (weekly management team calls)
* Liaises and coordinates with potential private sector buyers, co-investors into the project-supported supply chain.
* Liaises with key responsible minerals trade public-private alliances of which Global Communities is a member including:
+ Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA-RMT)
+ European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)
+ Responsible Artisanal Gold Solutions (RAGS) Forum
Attends conferences and delivers conference presentations on behalf of the CVCFG Project.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Knowledge of relevant context and experience working in Africa and/or conflict-affected countries.
* Excellent critical thinking skills and sound judgment. Proven willingness to make timely and sound decisions based on accurate judgment.
* Excellent English oral and written communication skills. Proven ability to effectively communicate with others.
* Good interpersonal skills with ability to build strong relationships with staff, current and potential donors, partners, and government representatives at all levels in a culturally sensitive manner. Proven flexibility and adaptability.
* Proven ability to learn quickly, apply knowledge, manage deadlines, work independently with minimal supervision on familiar assignments, submit high-quality work plans, prioritize workload, and multi-task in fast-paced environment.
* Strong team-management approach to program support and program development. Ability to integrate management approach with professional peers.Proven ability to effectively use databases spreadsheet, word processing, and position-specific software.
* Accuracy and attention to detail.
* Ability to travel approximately 30% of time to/from project sites in Eastern Congo (Ituri, North Kivu and potentially Maniema).
* Master’s degree in economics, international development, conflict management or other relevant field preferred.
* International development experience with prior experience managing multi-year, multi-million USAID-funded programs focused on trade and/or investment promotion, SME development, market linkages, and/or value chain development in developing countries. Prior experience working in the mining sector preferred.
* Experience in Africa strongly preferred.
* A minimum of 10 years’ project management experience in a progressively broader capacity.
* Experience working in conflict-affected environments strongly preferred.
* U.S. work authorization required.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.