Chief of Party

Apply by 30 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 26 January 2018

Job Description

CDM Smith is a privately owned, global, full-service consulting, design/build engineering, construction, and operations firm helping public and private clients improve their environment and infrastructure through award-winning projects. Since 1947, we have provided innovative solutions developed through strong client relationships of mutual trust and respect and a commitment to quality and integrity. From a three-person firm in the United States to today’s staff of more than 5,000 worldwide, CDM Smith has grown and diversified with our clients’ needs in mind. Our mission is to reach one goal – the client’s – by providing the right total solutions.

We are now accepting applicants for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an assignment lasting up to five years, based in Dar es Salaam or Morogoro, Tanzania, with travel within the country.

This project, the Tanzania Infrastructure Support Activity (TISA) – a task order under the USAID Architect and Engineering (A&E) II IDIQ – has the objective of providing professional architecture and engineering (A&E) technical services to assist USAID/Tanzania on its multi-sector infrastructure portfolio. The professional engineering consulting services support USAID/Tanzania, Power Africa, and the Government of Tanzania’s (GoT) infrastructure priorities in the areas of: a) power, b) transportation, and c) water/irrigation projects. TISA is expected to include the completion of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for hydropower and transmission main projects, construction supervision of irrigation scheme rehabilitation activities, technical assistance related to upgrades of Tanzania’s rural road network, on-call engineering services in the related sectors, as well as overall institutional capacity building support to Tanzanian counterpart organizations.

Job Responsibilities

• Ensure adherence to the goals and objectives (e.g., scope, schedule, and budget) of the contract with USAID
• Overall management and direction of the entire CDM Smith team and sub-consultants as well as coordination and cooperation with support staff from the home office.
•Ensuring that the team pro-actively manages the overall schedule (constrained within the project time frame).
• Establishing and managing local project offices with limited administrative support.
• Abiding by CDM Smith’s quality management program (QMP) and anti-corruption policy (ACP).
• Regular and accurate (progress and financial) reporting to USAID, CDM Smith and the local beneficiary agencies as required by the Contract with USAID.
• Effective cooperation, coordination, collaboration and communication with USAID, as well as other local government officials, private entities, non-governmental organizations, other donors, and community-based groups as required by the Contract with USAID.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited university required. Master’s Degree preferred.
• At least 15 years’ professional experience, with at least 5 years of experience managing/leading large (>15) multi-discipline teams of professionals drawn from varied technical backgrounds, geographic locations, organizations, etc. – with a preference for leading USAID-funded projects.
• Minimum of 10 years of experience on projects related to oversight of power, transportation and/or water/irrigation projects in developing countries – with a preference for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
• Professional Engineering registration (or international equivalent) might be a requirement of USAID.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
• Able to operate independently in an environment with limited administrative/logistical support.

About the Organization

CDM Smith is a privately owned, global, full-service consulting, design/build engineering, construction, and operations firm helping public and private clients improve their environment and infrastructure through award-winning projects. Since 1947, we have provided innovative solutions developed through strong client relationships of mutual trust and respect and a commitment to quality and integrity. From a three-person firm in the United States to today's staff of more than 5,000 worldwide, CDM Smith has grown and diversified with our clients' needs in mind. Our mission is to reach one goal – the client’s – by providing the right total solutions.

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