Chief of Party

Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 10 April 2018

Job Description

AgReach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks qualified Visiting Chief of Party candidates for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded higher education program in Malawi. The primary objective of this initiative is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by expanding access to higher education, especially for vulnerable populations by focusing on high-demand employment subjects and training programs for increased economic impact. Over the longer-term, this will result in increasing economic opportunities for youth who stay in school.

The Visiting Chief of Party will be responsible for overall program management and impact; external representation; and coordination with USAID, program partners and stakeholders, as well as other donors and implementing partners.

UIUC is soliciting expressions of interest in this position and this position is contingent on funding. We recommend submitting your application ahead of proposed deadline.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Provide vision and strategic direction for the program in close coordination with the key stakeholders and USAID/Malawi
  • Supervise the planning, development of workplans, processes, schedules, and overall program events and operations
  • Act as the primary in-country budget and procurement manager, in coordination with the Project Director, Deputy Project Director (DPD) as well as functional teams in Malawi to ensure that all finance and procurement is compliant with USG and UIUC policies and procedures. Work with the DPD on pipeline analysis reports to USAID/Malawi and other budget documents.
  • Develop and manage relationships with USAID, the Government of Malawi, multi-national and national private sector organizations, financial institutions, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and manage effective partnerships with Malawian organizations and institutions, including higher education and TVET institutions, as well as organizations supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • Oversee relationships with and sub grants to Malawian organizations and institutions
  • Coordinate with AgReach home office in Illinois, US
  • Oversee program communications, reporting, design and facilitation of program trainings/workshops and events
  • 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
  • Report on a regular basis to the Project Director and Deputy Project Director on management, administrative, and implementation issues of the project
  • Maintain clear communication with the Project Director and Deputy Project Director on all aspects of project performance and implementation, including participating in weekly calls.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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 experience managing USAID-funded programs, 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.
  • A demonstrated track record of achieving results in a development context. Specific and relevant development outcomes achieved as a result of the proposed COP’s leadership must be well documented by the Applicant.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, hostcountry institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated track record of working in teams and fostering partnerships. Specific instances when the COP has formed, led, or participated in relevant partnerships must be well documented.
  • Leadership in local capacity development. The COP must 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, girls and other vulnerable populations. Demonstrated understanding of the technical activities this activity will implement. The COP 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.
  • Complementarity of technical understanding with the other personnel is essential.
  • 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.
  • Professional fluency in English required.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Procedures: Interested candidates should submit their CV or resume and cover letter in English to: Please include the position title on the subject line as well as a note explaining your qualifications for the position. We will not accept telephone enquiries. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All tenured appointments require Board of Trustees approval.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the university’s commitment to diversity, please visit

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