Chief of Party

Dakar, Senegal
Apply by 4 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 June 2018

Job Description


Abt Associates, a major American research, technical assistance, and international development company, seeks highly qualified candidates for the Chief of Party position for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Senegal Agriculture Value Chain Services proposal. The position will be based in Dakar, Senegal, and is contingent upon project award to Abt Associates.

The Chief of Party is responsible for overseeing the implementation of project activities, management of project staff, liaising and collaborating with USAID Senegal, and coordination with partner organizations. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations, coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders, manage local implementation teams, and collaborate with local partners.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Manage country-level project operations and assist in the development of annual planning and timely, high quality implementation of activities and deliverables
  • Serve as lead technical advisor providing guidance and oversight to technical staff, as needed
  • Oversee the country office and supervise a multi-disciplinary team of short and long-term experts
  • Manage the project budget and ensure the submission of timely and accurate program, financial, and procurement reports
  • Manage collaborative activities with partners
  • Ensure the timely delivery of assistance under the work plan and coordinate with senior technical staff to share relevant technical models, coordination of activities and quality control of the work
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with USAID and local counterparts to ensure effective coordination of project activities with relevant ministries and agencies, civil society and private sector organizations, international donor institutions, various project stakeholders, and other USAID and U.S. government-funded initiatives

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree in international development, livestock, agriculture, economics, food security, nutrition, community development, or related field
  • At least 10 years progressively responsible experience implementing multisector international development programs focusing on one or several of the following technical sectors: agriculture, food security, nutrition, community development, resilience, and/or food security
  • At least 5 years of experience in a managerial or leadership role for a multi-sectoral international development program
  • Demonstrated expertise in value chain development and the role value chain service providers play across the value chain from inputs to access to markets
  • USAID experience preferred
  • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa required; experience living or working in Senegal strongly preferred
  • Written and oral proficiency in English and French required

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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