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.
The purpose of the REFRESH activity is to conserve the freshwater biodiversity of Lake Malawi to restore the natural fisheries productivity, which largely underpins the food and nutrition security of the rural and urban populations by targeting the lakeshore districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Dedza and Mangochi. Its sub-purposes are a) the targeted Lake Malawi’s aquatic habitats are healthy and well-managed b) the endemic fish populations of targeted parts of Lake Malawi are healthy and self-sustaining and c) the fisheries in the targeted parts of Lake Malawi are managed sustainably by 2024.
Primarily, the REFRESH activity will aim to achieve the following outcomes;
- Fisheries governance and regulatory framework strengthened
- Fisheries ecosystem-based management improved
- Decentralization of fisheries management strengthened
- Commercialization of conservation enterprises to counter unsustainable fishing catalyzed and supported
- CDCS priorities for integration advanced
Please note that the position will be contingent upon award of funding.
Pact seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to support the project implementation, for a USAID flagship biodiversity project in Malawi. DCOP is a senior management position responsible for working with the Chief of Party (COP) and the technical and operational team on daily implementation of the project. S/he will support the project team to meet the project’s technical objectives, manage project staff and financial resources, and liaise with project stakeholders and partners.
- Ensure high-quality technical programming in natural resource management, fisheries management, biodiversity conservation, community and enterprise development, governance, and livelihoods through technical leadership, hands-on staff supervision, and partner support.
- Contribute to project planning, including the development of annual work plans and budgets; help guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results.
- Ensure the cost-effective use of resource, including thorough review of budgets.
- Lead drafting project performance reports, including quarterly and annual reports to USAID, and other required project reporting.
- Build excellent working relationships, networks and alliances with government institutions, other projects, private sector, partners and other stakeholders
- In coordination with the COP and key personnel integrate learning, communications and policy development across relevant donor, government, and other stakeholder networks.
- Ensure compliance with HQ and donor requirements, policies, and regulations.
- Represent Pact at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support Pact’s thought leadership.
- Serve as Acting COP in the COP’s absence.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- At least 10 years of experience in a senior role managing programs in relevant areas such as fisheries management and governance, aquatic biodiversity conservation, ecosystem and right based approaches, and community level enterprise development.
- A minimum of 7 years related experience in implementing technical and organizational capacity building programs, with substantial experience in development and implementation of innovative strategies to resolve issues.
- Demonstrated excellence in a management position, preferably including direct supervision of professional and support staff, quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables, and contract/grant management.
- Demonstrated track record in successfully building and effectively managing diverse teams of employees.
- Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem-solving, and ethical management.
- Proven track record in building strong relationships with government officials and policy makers, donors, private sector and environment program actors.
- Strong written and verbal English communication skills
- Strong planning and inter-cultural communication skills
- Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, and ability to perform and collaborate under challenging conditions
- Ability to work independently and produce timely and high-quality results
- Ability to live, work, and travel within Malawi.
- Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
- Experience working on US Government-funded projects
- Experience with personnel, budget, and program management
- Fluency in Malawian local languages for day-to-day communication
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.