Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 March 2020

Job Description

Job Title: Chief of Party

Place of Performance: Iraq (country-wide)

Duration: Three years (extendable)

Purpose of the Project:

The purpose of the Performance Management and Evaluation Services (PMES) activity is to provide a wide range of services to USAID to enable it to effectively monitor program performance and operational context; evaluate the performance of results of USAID/Iraq activities; and, learn and adapt for improved effectiveness. USAID/Iraq needs to improve the quality of the Mission’s performance management practices so that monitoring and evaluation becomes easier, faster, more useful, and more cost-effective. The overarching goal of PMES is to improve performance management – to enable the USAID/Iraq Mission to effectively collect, manage, and use performance information to achieve its development objectives.

Position Summary:

SREO Consulting Ltd. is looking for an individual to serve as Chief of Party (COP) to lead a potential USAID contract in Iraq to implement monitoring and evaluation services for a wide range of services. The COP works to ensure the contract is managed responsibly and oversees the research team’s progress towards achieving project goals. This includes overseeing field data collection as well as the submission of final deliverables.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee contract work plans and budgets based on expected contract outputs and results using an adaptive management approach;
  • Provide oversight and overall responsibility for all data collection, monitoring and evaluation, report generation, learning and dissemination activities, and related tasks;
  • Ensure quality control and overall responsiveness of MEL technical assistance provided under the contract, including necessary adjustments to operations to fit the requirements of USAID and working environment in Iraq;
  • Oversee field staff training and building local capacity for monitoring and evaluation staff;
  • Identify issues and risks related to contract management in a timely manner;
  • Manage project financial resources in accordance with the budget as well as USAID’s policies and regulations;
  • Meet regularly with stakeholders, clients, Field Coordinators/ Researchers/ Monitors to collect and communicate client requirements, set-expectations for the assigned activities.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • An advanced university degree in International Development, Development Economics, Management or relevant subject area with coursework in program evaluation, measurement or program analysis or equivalent of at least 10 years in managerial and M&E experience is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluation methodology, statistical analysis, and/or data collection and analysis, and familiarity with data collection is required;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce and edit reports and technical documents is required;
  • Demonstrated ability to convey data and findings in a concise, accessible, and visually compelling manner is required;
  • A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated relevant project management experience in developing countries is highly desirable. Experience in the Middle East is required;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and oral communications and presentation skills are required;
  • Demonstrated ability to assemble, quickly and effectively, and to manage a highly skilled, interdisciplinary team is required.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Regional colloquial Arabic or Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) ability is desirable but not required;
  • Experience building organizational capacity in monitoring and evaluation, dissemination and learning and/or training individuals in monitoring and evaluation is required;
  • Experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders, including donor / development organizations, government officials, civil society leaders, community leaders and project beneficiaries is required;
  • Experience living and working in challenging, stressful and potentially conflict environments is desired;
  • Familiarity with USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach is highly desired;
  • Experience working on USAID projects in Iraq is highly desired;
  • Experience with USAID is required.

Interested individuals must submit their CV, cover letter and three (3) references, referencing the position. Any questions concerning this position can be directed to comms@sreoconsultingltd.com. The deadline to receive complete applications is 03 April 2020.

About the Organization

SREO Consulting Ltd. is an independent, non-partisan research and monitoring & evaluation consultancy founded in 2013. We are committed to serving humanitarian, stabilization and development actors operating in the most challenging environments around the world by providing unbiased and actionable data, analysis and research. SREO is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey with offices in Washington DC, Iraq, Tunisia and Mali.

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