Chief of Party

Arizona State University Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Apply by 6 May 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 April 2018

Job Description

Chief of Party

Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking an experienced Chief of Party with knowledge of the higher education sector to lead a team bidding on USAID’s Higher Education Activity in Malawi. Hiring for this position will be contingent upon securing funding from USAID for this activity and USAID’s approval of the candidate for this position. The primary objective of the projected 4-year activity is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by increasing access to higher education, especially for vulnerable populations, by focusing on high-demand employment subjects and training programs. The three main components of the program are: 1) to design and administer a financial assistance program that will provide long- and short-term tuition scholarships for vulnerable populations, especially adolescent girls and young women; 2) to develop a new model for online and distance learning (ODL) centers, to establish those centers in six districts of the country, to enhance the operations of existing ODL centers, and to collaborate with public universities to enhance ODL offerings; and 3) to improve bridging of university education to the labor market. The COP is responsible for overall project administration and management of the budget, program management and impact; external representation; and coordination with USAID, program partners and stakeholders, other donors and other program contractors. The COP serves as the primary point of contact for USAID/Malawi, the Malawian government, and other donors and key stakeholders for the program. The Chief of Party (COP) must have outstanding past performance references and a record of successfully leading projects that are similar in size and complexity.

Essential Functions

  • Provides program leadership, management and establishes the direction of the program. Builds strategic partnership with USAID/Malawi, the Malawian government, Malawian and U.S. universities, and other program stakeholders. In collaboration with USAID, sets a clear strategic vision and plan for the program.
  • In close coordination with the project’s home office ASU faculty leader, provides capacity building of the local in-country team including coaching and mentoring. Works closely with project team members to monitor implementation and to ensure high quality and timely completion and submission of all contractually required deliverables.
  • In close coordination with the project’s home office ASU faculty leader, oversees the design and implementation of efficient, results-oriented, cost-effective interventions to improve organizations’ human and/or institutional capacity, including managing technical assistance activities. Develops and coordinates technical assistance activities and training programs and corresponding budget(s) to meet project objectives and goals.
  • Oversees program finances, budgeting, and procurement, in collaboration with functional teams in the Malawi office, to ensure that all finance and procurement is compliant with USG and ASU policies and procedures.
  • Is responsible for timely delivery of all required reports and documentation to USAID, and for directing the development and delivery of an effective branding and marking and public communications strategy that demonstrates the project’s value to relevant stakeholders.
  • Travel 10 to 25%.

Job Requirements

Education and Work Experience:

  • A Master’s Degree in an education related area (e.g., in international education, nonformal and/or other alternative education approaches, higher education, open distance learning, and/or social/behavioral sciences).
  • At least 5 (five) years of demonstrated significant, relevant, progressively increasing responsibility in managing activities of similar scope in international development assistance, in a context similar to Malawi. Significant relevant experience includes at least one stint as COP, or equivalent Program Manager function.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • A demonstrated track record of achieving results in a development context.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host-country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated track record of working in teams and fostering partnerships. Specific instances when the applicant has formed, led, or participated in relevant partnerships must be well documented.
  • Leadership in local capacity development. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to provide oversight of local capacity development efforts, including working with local partners to ensure adherence to all sub award requirements.
  • Demonstrated commitment to results for women and girls and other vulnerable populations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the technical activities this activity will implement. The successful applicant need not be recognized as an expert in all of these areas but must have a combination of educational and work experience that clearly demonstrates an ability to provide effective overall technical leadership and oversight.
  • Strong communication abilities. Strong writing and communication abilities are essential; the COP will hold ultimate responsibility for the quality and timeliness of reporting and communication efforts.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion.
  • A commitment to international higher education, applied research, and capacity building consonant with ASU’s charter of access, excellence, and social impact

About the Organization

Arizona State University

Our mission at Arizona State University is no less than revolutionizing the model for public higher education. We call it the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018, U.S. News and World Report named ASU the most innovative university, ahead of Stanford at #2 and MIT at #3. The ASU model has relevance for developing countries seeking to meet escalated expressions of challenges that we face in the United States. In 2015, ASU established ASU International Development to support cross-university pursuit of development projects. ASU ID provides a single point of contact for donors and partners seeking to access the university’s myriad resources. Since 2015, ASU has successfully implemented projects for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as MasterCard and Gates. Countries of work include Brazil, Barbados, Haiti, India, Pakistan, West Bank, El Salvador, Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, Kenya, Nepal, Jamaica, Aruba and the Pacific Islands. ASU provides strong back-office support to its partners as one of the few university research enterprises to be ISO 9001-compliant.

ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.