CARE seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated $49M USAID-funded education project, Accelerated Quality Learning for Somali Children and Youth. This includes investment in non-formal education through accelerated education approaches, focusing on assessing and building basic skills for children and youth ages 8-15, and the development of national standards by levels as part of an overall accelerated education framework. This activity includes significant investment in teaching and learning materials that are linked to the National Curriculum Framework, and a certification process that enables students who pass the system to enroll into formal school, or another pathway. An external evaluation will be carried out in order for the Ministry and education stakeholders to evaluate the merit of different models/approaches in Somalia. Three regions will be targeted in the initial phase, with potential expansion in the future.
The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID- or other international donor-funded projects.
International relocation and allowances may be available. This position is subject to project award and funding.
- Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
- Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
- Build partnerships among international -, national- and community-level stakeholders
- Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles
- With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
- Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
- Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field.
- Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development project management (USAID program management required); previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on primary and secondary education (including improved reading skills, access to education, and equity) and other areas related to the focus on this solicitation.
- Experience managing USAID contracts is strongly preferred.
- Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
- Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.
- Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with M&E is a plus.
- Previous experience in Somalia is an advantage but not a requirement.
- Fluency in English is required; knowledge of local languages is a plus.
- Ability to travel within Somalia as required and as the security situation allows.