Chief of party

Brazzaville, Congo, The Republic of
Apply by 31 August 2018
Posted on 19 July 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for an anticipated multiyear USAID environmental policy project in the Republic of the Congo. Activities may include building local organizations’ capacity to sustainably manage natural resources, mitigating logging and other threats to deforestation and biodiversity, addressing poaching and developing sustainable alternative livelihoods, and increasing transnational environmental cooperation through law enforcement in protected conservation areas. The chief of party is expected to be based in Brazzaville, but candidates must be willing to travel frequently throughout the Congo River Basin. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, technical direction, and management oversight for all project activities and results
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate
  • Directly implement the project’s strategic long-term vision
  • Serve as the project’s primary liaison with USAID, international and regional partners, and host-country government officials
  • Work with host-country government counterparts at all levels and maintain close collaboration with them
  • Ensure project compliance with all contractual and administrative requirements, with support from the home office and the operations/finance team
  • Participate in regular project evaluations to assess progress and recommend solutions
  • Oversee development of annual work plans, new activity implementation plans, quarterly reports, and other reports required by USAID
  • Supervise project technical and administrative staff to ensure they are successfully managing project activities and operations
  • Oversee adaptive management of the project


  • Master’s degree in international development, environmental policy, natural resource management, or another relevant field preferred
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, environmental policy, or sustainable agriculture; strong complementary experience as the head of on an environmental program preferred
  • Experience working with local governments, civil society organizations, and stakeholders
  • Experience managing an office or program for a donor agency or implementing partner; experience managing USAID-funded programs preferred
  • Proven ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior-level country counterparts, donor representatives, and senior-level staff
  • Demonstrated experience with activity design, development, and implementation in developing countries
  • Experience with using theories of change preferred
  • Experience in Congo River Basin countries preferred; experience in Congo-Brazzaville preferred
  • Experience managing staff and activities across multiple offices preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French required

Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and the position title in the subject line to by Friday, August 31, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 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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