Chief of Party

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 January 2019

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact is recruiting a Chief of Party (COP) for a USAID Malawi flagship biodiversity/fisheries project: REFRESH The COP is responsible for the overall leadership and oversight of the program. S/he will serve as the primary liaison to USAID, the Government of Malawi, and other project stakeholders. The COP will provide technical and strategic oversight of project implementation and management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership to ensure high quality programming to achieve project results; ensure that the technical assistance provided by the project is effective and sustainable.
  • Responsible for the overall quality control and the timeliness of all required deliverables.
  • Oversee development, implementation, monitoring and reporting on all work plans and budgets.
  • Responsible for Quarterly and Annual reports, Annual work plans, Performance Indicators, Financial reports, and regular results reporting as needed.
  • Manage project budget to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of resources in compliance with USAID and Pact rules and regulations.
  • Oversee project monitoring and evaluation; ensure that project impact reporting requirements are met.
  • Ensure close coordination with other relevant initiatives/programs in country.
  • Ensure effective application of internal controls, US Government, and Pact policies and procedures.
  • Represent Pact at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support Pact’s thought leadership in natural resource management, livelihoods, governance, and capacity development programming in Malawi and the region.
  • Supervise and coordinate the sub-grant management process, including advice on assessing the programmatic potential of grants and strengthen appropriate procedures for project funds.
  • Oversee technical assistance and capacity building to local partners for delivery of interventions, and overall achievement of objectives and targets.
  • Ensure compliance with all donor and Pact policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned .

Basic Requirements

  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field such as environmental science or management, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, natural science, or other relevant field with bias towards fisheries.
  • A minimum of 15 years of technical and managerial experience in freshwater fisheries, biodiversity conservation, or natural resource management – preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • At least 8 years of experience in a senior level management and leadership position, including direct supervision of staff, program management, and technical leadership.
  • Expertise in project management, biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and natural resource management approaches and principles.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multi‐million-dollar donor-funded complex projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain professional relationships, and to work collaboratively with host government agencies, civil society, and community-based organizations, and other donors
  • Experience managing USAID contracts and cooperative agreements.
  • Ability to respond to changing situations as well as diverse stakeholders and government partners in a flexible manner.
  • Proven track record of effective and convincing negotiation skills.
  • Ability to produce exceptional quality deliverables with sustainable impact and a strong commitment to work.
  • Demonstrated management skills, including relevant experience in direct supervision of professional Malawian and international staff.
  • Strong organizational skills including task and time management.
  • Ability to live, work, and travel within Malawi.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Technical Director and/or COP experience, biodiversity conservation or natural resource management projects is strongly preferred.
  • Experience implementing or managing USAID sustainable landscapes, natural resource management and/or biodiversity programs.
  • Experience supporting local organizations implementing biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and/or climate change programs.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures preferred.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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