Chief of party

  • Posted on 1 November 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for the anticipated Agriculture Diversification and Market Systems for Resilience program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The five year, $17 million project aims to improve resilience capacities in vulnerable households and communities and to enable people, households, and communities to escape poverty and chronic vulnerability. The project work within the country’s Resilience Focus Zone of lturi, North Kivu, South Kivu, and Tanganyika. Specifically, it will implement activities in the lturi province in areas where there have been or are risks related to land and other natural resources, disasters and climate stress, armed groups/militia, and high food insecurity. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise for the program and serves as the primary liaison with USAID on strategic, managerial, and technical matters
  • Oversee implementation of the program and receives technical direction from the designated USAID task order contracting officer
  • Plan, organize, and ensure proper supervision of all program interventions
  • Ensure that all activities conform to the agreed upon terms and conditions of the project, including cost, schedule, and quality parameters, and liaise with clients, conferring with the USAID task order contracting officer on challenges and opportunities to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving targeted results
  • Manage and control funds and other resources as well as associated subcontracts and grants under contract
  • Prepare status reports, budget information, and other documentation as needed.
  • Supervise the six-person field-office team


  • Master’s degree in economics, business, international development, public policy, agricultural economics, or other relevant field required
  • Minimum 15 years of relevant management, supervisory, and technical experience with programs that are of a similar scope and scale to this program required, including at least 10 years in a management/leadership position
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in international development, preferably in trade, agriculture, value chains, or land use within conflict contexts required
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage challenging projects involving both public and private sector stakeholders
  • High level of interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills, including demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of capacity development, professional development, and systems strengthening
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively interact with numerous DRC government institutions and senior-level national and county-level government officials
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged environments across different cultures and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines
  • Professional proficiency in writing and speaking English and French required; Kiswahili language skill preferred

Application Instructions:

Please submit an electronic version of your CV and cover letter to with “Chief of Party” in the subject line by November 15, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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