Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 11 February 2020
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Job Description

Category: Manager
Req ID: CHIEF01910
Posted Date: 2020-01-27
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe ZWE


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and 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.

Position Summary:

Creative is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for a USAID-funded project proposal that seeks to address electoral reform in Zimbabwe. The COP will be based in Harare, Zimbabwe and will have overall management responsibility for the project.

Reporting & Supervision:

This position reports to the Program Director in the Communities in Transition Division or their designee.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Chief of Party will be responsible for the technical leadership and in-country management of the project. S/he will oversee the long-term expatriate and local staff and short-term experts in achieving project results. S/he will undertake regular assessments of the broader political environment within which the project operates to ensure flexibility and rapid reprioritization of activities when necessary.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Serve as principal liaison with donor representatives, Zimbabwe government counterparts and community stakeholders on program communications and technical implementation activities;
  • Provide technical direction and leadership and oversight of all administrative matters;
  • Provide technical support to the team in all program areas;
  • Develop and implement work plans for project activities;
  • Oversee implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities and ensure that project results are met;
  • Supervise development and submission of project deliverables and provide timely and accurate reporting and briefings to Donor/Stakeholders on all program areas;
  • Ensure compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant donor rules and regulations;
  • Oversee implementation of Creative’s security protocols and provide leadership in handling security-related issues; and
  • Manage the program team in a manner that is open and respectful and encourages professional development and solicits constructive staff input.

Required Skills & Qualifications:
  • At least seven (7) years’ experience as a COP or similar management role;
  • At least eight (8) years of relevant experience working for a government contractor or international NGO; at least five (5) of which should be in a supervisory capacity;
  • Previous experience working in the region;
  • Familiarity and experience working with USAID;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up and close-out;
  • Three to five (3-5) years of experience working with electoral administration, civil society programming, and community mediation;
  • Experience with activity design, development, implementation and comprehensive monitoring and evaluation;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong analytical capacity; and
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field;

Desired Skills & Qualifications:
  • Experience working with citizen engagement and oversight of political processes, especially as they relate to youth and gender;
  • Experience working with partnership organizations, especially civil society organizations and/or government agencies;
  • Experience in producing civic/voter education materials;
  • Experience in developing survey tools and working with focus groups; and
  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


About the Organization

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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