Job DescriptionRTI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for a 5-year $22-24 million USAID Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition (ICAN) activity aiming to sustainably enhance the resilience of vulnerable households by increasing economic opportunities for poor households, improving nutrition with a focus on women and children, and strengthening community and local governance.
As the mission•s flagship resilience activity, the USAID Integrated Community, Agriculture, and Nutrition activity will strengthen the economic and nutritional status of selected populations. To achieve its purpose, the USAID Integrated Community, Agriculture, and Nutrition activity will integrate multi-sectoral interventions at the community and household level. The USAID Integrated Community, Agriculture, and Nutrition activity will help households and communities identify their own needs and vulnerabilities to seek and advocate for solutions, including improved services from government. The USAID Integrated Community, Agriculture, and Nutrition activity will serve as an innovative and catalytic activity with scalable interventions that will leverage resources in support of achieving its purpose. Through the USAID Integrated Community, Agriculture, and Nutrition activity, USAID expects development impact that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Chief of Party (COP) will have primary responsibility for liaising with USAID and other stakeholders in Uganda. He/she will oversee contract implementation, providing the technical vision and approach and managing the project team and consortium members. He/she will ensure the project complies with award terms and conditions, USAID policies and regulations, and systems are in place to mitigate risk of fraud, waste and abuse. Additional responsibilities may include:
• Providing overall leadership and general technical direction of the program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors and a focus on achieving results.
• Leading a team of technical experts in livelihoods and business development; human nutrition; supply and demand sides of governance strengthening; youth engagement and workforce readiness; education, and social and behavior change.
• Proactively identifying and collaborate with key relevant efforts in related sectors to create synergies and maximize efficiencies. Related sectors includes not only donor-supported efforts but also private sector, civil society and GOU-directed efforts.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with USAID and with GOU actors at national, subnational, and local levels.
develop and continuously adapt a project theory of change and associated workplan, identifying core indicators and learning questions.
• Compellingly translate an overarching project vision to internal and external stakeholders.
• Identifying issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggesting appropriate program adjustment
• Ensuring compliance of the project•s financial oversight and procedures in line with RTI•s established accounting principles as well as USAID rules and regulations.
• Managing any subcontracts and grants with local partners, ensuring quality and timeliness of deliverables.
• Overseeing performance monitoring, evaluation, and learning to ensure all project targets are met or exceeded, making recommendations as needed to adapt and improve implementation.
• Master•s degree in international development, livestock, agriculture, economics, or related field of study and minimum of ten (10) years or more progressively responsible international work experience implementing food security development programs or Bachelor•s degree and fifteen (15) years of experience.
• At least five (5) years of management experience including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs.
• Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
• Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to develop and communicate a common vision to partners from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams is desirable.
• Demonstrated experience managing administrative, procurement, hiring, recruitment, financial, and logistical aspects of project implementation is desirable, but not required.
• Positive past performance references.
• Excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English are required.
• Working knowledge of and/or experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures is desirable;
• Demonstrated knowledge of multi-sectoral programs, resilience best practices, and integrating programming.
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