Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 2 July 2019
  • Niamey, Niger
  • Closing on 25 August 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

CARE seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-funded Resilient Governance project in Niger, expected to be a five-year cooperative agreement in the $10 - $25 million USD range. Resilient Governance in Niger (RGN) will serve as the leading governance activity of USAID’s Resilience in the Sahel - Enhanced II (RISE II) project.

The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID- or other international donor-funded projects.

The solicitation is expected to be released in July 2019 with an anticipated award in January 2020. This position is subject to project award and funding. International relocation and allowances may be available.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
  • Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
  • Build partnerships among international -, national- and community-level stakeholders
  • Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles
  • With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
  • Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
  • Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.

Required Skills:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in good governance, decentralization, or a related field
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of senior-level experience in managing complex programs required, including prior Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Team Leader, or Technical Director experience with outstanding project management, leadership, change/ transformation management, and strong technical skills; preferably with USAID funded projects
  • Proven track record managing multi-disciplinary development programs and teams, engaging effectively with stakeholders (national-level and regional-level government; civil society; private sector), fostering collaborative learning and adaptive management, co-creation and implementation of local solutions, and understanding and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions
  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit
  • Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with M&E is a plus
  • Previous experience in Niger is a strong advantage
  • Fluency in English and French (spoken and written) is required
  • Ability to travel within Niger as required

About the Organization

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.

This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

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