Chief of Party

  • Posted on 10 June 2019

Job Description

Position Summary:

Creative seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID/OTI-funded project focusing on countering violent extremism in northern Mozambique.

In USAID/OTI programs, the Chief of Party commonly serves the traditional responsibilities of a Chief Operating Officer and is not a traditional Chief of Party role due to the USAID/OTI-Contractor relationship and key decision-making processes. The COP will likely be based in Maputo.

Qualities: Based on USAID/OTI’s experiences, a strong COP for an USAID/OTI SWIFT Program


  • Be willing to have close, daily collaboration with USAID/OTI’s in-country staff.
  • Take programmatic and strategic direction from USAID/OTI staff.
  • Have strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to mentor staff.
  • Be a “hands on” manager who is actively engaged in all aspects of program management.
  • Understand USAID/OTI’s need for direct program communication with all program staff.
  • Have demonstrated past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming ideally.
  • Be flexible to potential changes in program objectives and shifting political contingencies.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Chief of Party is

  • Responsible for making key decisions and solving problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity. Overall program direction is provided by USAID/OTI through the TOCOR and CR;
  • Responsible for management, oversight, and reporting of Contractor progress and quality of performance in meeting the activity undertakings in this program;
  • Responsible for financial and program management, oversight, and reporting of Contractor progress and quality of performance in meeting the activity undertakings in this program;
  • The Contractor’s designated person for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID/OTI;
  • In close consultation with the CR, responsible for providing oversight of grant activities, including supervision of the program staff, ensuring appropriate grant design, ensuring that procedures are established and complied with for grant development, grant worthiness, grant implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and grant closing;
  • Under the guidance of the CR, responsible for contributing to the design and implementation of the Monitoring & Evaluation system at the activity level and for ensuring that all activities are monitored and evaluated;
  • Responsible for developing familiarity with, and maintaining daily usage of, the USAID/OTI Activity Database, and ultimately responsible for ensuring that the relevant staff use, maintain, and upload weekly the Activity Database, and that data is consistent and complete; and
  • The Chief of Party supervises the Deputy Chief of Party/Operations.


  • Relevant work experience, including experience with a donor, contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience working in complex, high-speed and challenging field operations in developing countries. At least one (1) year of this experience shall include managing these field operations;
  • A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience with programs that provide quick delivery of assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity;
  • Experience with grant management, preferably in-kind and small grants;
  • Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out is desired, but not required;
  • Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting); and procurement;
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation;
  • Relevant working experience in Mozambique, particularly northern Mozambique, or other Southern and/or East African countries highly desired, but not required;
  • Experience with conflict management, community empowerment, or countering violent extremism, or violence prevention programs;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to Northern Mozambique as required by the project;
  • Experience with remote management in transition environments highly desired, but not required;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; and
  • Demonstrated working proficiency in Portuguese (preferred) and/or Spanish is required.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

About the Organization

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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