Chief of Party

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 May 2019
  • Timor-Leste
  • Closing on 1 June 2019
  • Proposal

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.

Department

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 an upcoming USAID-funded Strengthening Local Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Timor-Leste. The project will aim to strengthen the organizational, advocacy, research, networking, and financial capacity of selected NGOs in Timor-Leste, as well as to increase the demand for advocacy services, and ensure laws and policies enabling independent NGOs operations are in place to enable NGOs to provide sustainable advocacy on behalf of their constituents. The COP will provide technical leadership and operational oversight for the project and will serve as the primary liaison with USAID and relevant project stakeholders. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall technical direction of the project and management of project activities, providing leadership to the project team to ensure high quality programming to achieve project results.
  • Serve as Pact’s liaison to USAID, partners, host country governments, and other key project stakeholders.
  • Oversee project planning (i.e., development of work plans and operating budget) and reporting (i.e., review and approve periodic budgets and reports).
  • Ensure that Pact provides high-quality technical assistance to local partners; conduct regular monitoring and mentoring visits to local partners.
  • Ensure that USAID and Pact reporting requirements on program impact are met. Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Oversee and monitor quality of capacity development to local organizations, using customized capacity building tools and approaches to ensure measurable impact.
  • Ensure close coordination with other relevant initiatives in countries.
  • Represent Pact at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support Pact’s thought leadership in civil society strengthening in the region.
  • Provide regular written/oral program progress updates as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements

  • At least 7 years of experience managing programs of a similar nature in a senior leadership and management role (Chief of Party, Project Director, Team Leader, etc.).
  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant field, such as political science, public policy, or public administration.
  • Prior experience working in the region or in similar contexts.
  • Demonstrated expertise in civil society strengthening, developing capacity of NGOs/CSOs, developing networks, and supporting advocacy and engagement with government, and improving the enabling environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners, especially in complex or sensitive political environments.
  • Demonstrated track record in successfully building and effectively managing diverse teams of employees.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, creative problem-solving, and ethical management.
  • Fluency in English - both written and oral.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience managing USAID programs.
  • Knowledge of the political/social context and civil society in Timor-Leste.
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese or Tetum.



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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