Chief of Party

Arizona State University Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 30 October 2018
Full-time staff position
Posted on 20 July 2018

Job Description


Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a Chief of Party for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab Food Security Research, Capacity, and Policy Influence (FSRCPI) program with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Through the FTFIL for FSRCPI, USAID seeks to influence global, regional, and national policy that advances food security through high quality, relevant research from credible and sound policy research institutions in partner countries and in the U.S. The program will work to improve credibility of country and regional policy research institutions, and greater application of global research to guide food security policies; with strengthened organization effectiveness of country and regional policy research. This full-time position is expected to be based in Washington, D.C., and requires frequent travel to ASU’s campus in Tempe, Arizona, and to the locations of institutional partners in Feed the Future priority countries worldwide.

Key Responsibilities:

The Chief of Party is responsible for overall direction, leadership and management of the activity, including:

  • Partner arrangements and management with other members of the implementing consortium.
  • Relationships with BFS and with Missions and other USAID operating units holding Associate Awards or funding buy-ins
  • Supervising other key staff responsible for capacity building, research, M&E, communication and other key functions.
  • Reporting and problem solving.
  • Putting in place a process to identify key national/regional policy research institutions to benefit from project capacity strengthening and partner in/lead on in-country research.
  • Work with Research Capacity Building Lead and Research Lead in putting in place and managing consultative and coordination mechanisms, starting with AA and buy-in terms of reference, that ensure that BFS centrally-funded global research and capacity work and Mission-funded country/region-specific research and capacity building strongly build on and complement each other.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in management, agriculture, international development, or a related field
  • At least 15 years’ experience leading, managing and implementing large international projects
  • Specific significant experience in strengthening capacity of national or regional organizations
  • Specific and significant experience interacting with a range of donor country offices
  • Experience overseeing university faculty or other research staff

About the Organization

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.

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