Chief of party

Apply by 2 April 2018
Posted on 6 March 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the Libya Transition Initiative III (LTI 3). LTI 3 is a two-year (with three option years) program funded by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI). The program’s objectives are to improve stability in conflict-affected areas, increase citizens’ confidence in their public institutions’ abilities to respond to their priorities, and reduce the influence of militant and extremist groups in conflict-affected areas. The program is implemented through four field offices in Libya and one representational office in Tunis. The chief of party will oversee overall project management and maintain strong in-country relationships with USAID/OTI and other counterparts. In close consultation with the country representative, the chief of party will supervise grants’ design, evaluation, implementation, management, compliance with USAID’s rules and regulations, and closeout; related activities; monitoring and evaluation; and project staff. This is a long-term assignment. The minimum commitment is one-year, beginning in mid-May. The position may be extended if the project option years are exercised. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Make key decisions and solve problems quickly while ensuring operational and program integrity; consult with USAID/OTI through the contracting officer’s representative and country representative on the program’s overall direction
  • Manage, oversee, and report on project progress and quality of performance
  • In close consultation with the country representative, oversee grant activities and program staff, ensuring that grants are appropriately designed and that procedures are established and complied with for grant development, evaluation, implementation, management, monitoring, and closeout
  • Under the guidance of the country representative or deputy country representative, contribute to the design and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation system at the activity and program levels, ensuring that all programming is properly monitored and evaluated
  • Develop familiarity with and maintain daily use of the USAID/OTI Activity Database; ensure that relevant staff use, maintain, and upload data continuously to the database and that data is consistent and complete
  • Supervise the deputy chief of party – programs; deputy chief of party – operations; monitoring, evaluation, and learning director; and operations risk director
  • Manage and oversee systems, subcontractors, and long- and short-term employees that support the security of staff, physical items, and information related to the program
  • In collaboration with and under the guidance of the OTI, engage in ongoing strategic and political contextual analysis and oversee program mapping efforts
  • Build team spirit and camaraderie, demonstrating support for the well-being of both expatriate and national staff working in a high-threat and stressful environment


  • Relevant work experience, including experience with a contractor or international NGO
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation; managing an office or program; and grants management, preferably in-kind and small grants
  • Financial management experience, including with budgeting, tracking, reporting, accounting, and procurement
  • Minimum of six years of experience with complex, fast-paced, and challenging field operations in developing countries, preferably in fragile or transitional environments
  • Experience with programs that quickly deliver assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity
  • Demonstrated expertise in establishing systems and overseeing program startups under tight time constraints; additional expertise in program closeout preferred
  • Experience hiring and supervising host-country local personnel and ensuring that they have the necessary training to meet program objectives
  • Ability to cope with and function effectively in high-stress, unstable environments
  • Experience with peace-building or national reconciliation programs
  • Willingness to travel to Libya depending on U.S. government approval and Chemonics’ Security Team clearance
  • Experience working in Libya or other North African, Middle Eastern, or Sahel countries undergoing transition preferred
  • Experience with remote management preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in Arabic preferred

Application instructions:

Please send electronic submissions, including your CV and cover letter, with the tittle “LTI3 COP: [LastName], [FirstName]” to by April 2, 2018. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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