Counterpart International is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated 5-year Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to be implemented in Mauritania which aims to reduce hunger and improve literacy and nutrition among school-age students, especially girls. With the support of the local and headquarters staff, the COP will provide vision, technical leadership, financial and administrative oversight of the program and will serve as the principle institutional liaison to USDA, local Mauritania organizations, and host government agencies. The COP should have competence and extensive past experience relevant to leadership, management, project implementation and training of staff. The COP will also provide staff management and development, and ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications. This position will report to the Regional Director.
- Provide technical and managerial leadership on issues of childhood nutrition and development, literacy, education, food security, commodity management, gender equality and capacity building.
- Lead design and implementation of all program components and activities.
- Overall leadership, recruitment, training and supervision of office staff and partner organization.
- Serve as primary liaison to USDA, local and national governmental authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, and other donor organizations.
- Facilitate learning and integration of Counterpart’s regional best practices on food security and nutrition initiatives and the program’s technical areas.
- Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
- Oversee field budget preparation, and overall financial oversight to ensure strict fiscal accountability.
- Ensure the highest quality of program monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
- Ensure compliance with Counterpart and USDA rules and regulations, particularly with respect to financial and grant management.
- Minimum of 15 years’ experience in food security and nutrition, with a specific focus on school feeding, formal education, literacy training.
- Bachelors Degree in Education, Nutrition, Public Health, Agricultural Economics, International Development, International Relations, or a relevant field
- Demonstrated understanding of the special requirements necessary to manage programs in sometimes harsh environmental areas.
- Track record implementing US Government-funded projects (USDA or USAID); good financial management skills including preparing and managing budgets, banking activities, contracts and negotiations; and developing and managing procurement and logistical procedures and policies.
- Excellent commodity management skills including supervising inventories, stock management and commodity reporting.
- Experience and skills in training and managing office staff.
- Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills.
- Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills.
- Ability to work well in a team environment.
- Professional proficiency in English, French, and Arabic, oral and written
- Good command of Microsoft Office, particularly word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Master’s Degree in a relevant field
- Experience managing USDA or USAID programming
- Recent work experience in Mauritania and a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the region
About the OrganizationCounterpart International works to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. Counterpart's multi-sectoral capacity and experience offers beneficiaries direct access to in-house know-how in civil society and economic development, environmental resource management, health and social services, food security, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian aid. Counterpart currently manages a U.S. government-funded portfolio of $17 million and an annual distributions of $100 million in donated commodities, which supports community development activities in nearly 25 countries.