Chief of Party – Tunisia
FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an USAID Tunisia Resilience and Community Empowerment project called Ma3an. Ma3an (“Together” in Arabic) is a five-year (September 2018 – August 2023), $48.5 million USAID project that engages some of Tunisia’s most vulnerable communities as the engines of their own transformation. Ma3an works with 33 communities in 16 governorates across Tunisia. The project’s goal — to increase capacity of communities to withstand political, social, and economic stresses and shocks — is supported by three interrelated objectives: Objective 1: Community resilience is strengthened. Objective 2: Tunisian capabilities are enhanced to prevent and counter violent extremism Objective 3: Build capacity of Tunisian partners to sustain and replicate the model. Ma3an works with local partners to identify local needs and introduces activities that scale up collective action and engage communities in sustaining local successes. Ma3an develops public-private partnerships that help individual communities respond to unique challenges and works with community stakeholders to develop their sense of ownership and commitment. These activities will build capacity in existing entities (e.g., schools, local organizations, public and private sector institutions) and enable them to carry forward activities long after the program ends
The Chief of Party (COP) must be a qualified development professional with significant experience, background and education, and demonstrate a high level of technical skills required to complete the work detailed in PD below. The COP must utilize his/her previous experience and skills working on relevant CVE/PVE and youth-related programming to introduce successful models for preventing/combating extremism. The ideal candidate should be able to present models and practical implementation activities to USAID, Tunisian host-country officials, and local staff that have successfully been applied in 2 or more regions (Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia, or Asia). Previous MENA-related experience is a plus but not required.
The COP will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership and guidance of the project. S/he will be the project’s main point of contact for USAID and all other stakeholders. The COP will also be responsible for overall project management and technical operations to ensure that the project tasks are completed, and the objectives of the project are successfully met. It is expected that the COP will be located in Tunis, Tunisia with anticipated project funded travel throughout the country.
Essential Job Functions:
- Lead the Contractor’s team and serve as the primary point of contact with USAID regarding the day-to-day activity implementation and management matters relating to the contract
- Ensure that all assistance provided under the contract is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed
- Manage and supervise the work of experts/personnel provided under the contract
- Serve as the primary point of contact for information on the progress and current status of all activities under the contract
- Establish appropriate monitoring mechanisms to ensure that activity progress and specific implementation concerns are regularly and promptly reported and that project objectives are met
- Manage the preparation and presentation of work plans, M&E plans, and all reports
- Facilitate ongoing project learning and adaptive management
- Ensure that solid relationships are built and maintained between and among FHI 360 and sub-contractor project staff, USAID, and key local stakeholders and partners
- Serve as Country Representative for FHI 360
- At least eight years of experience successfully managing complex international programs (implementation, logistics, budgeting, staffing), preferably those funded by USAID and those conducted in Tunisia or other Middle East and North African countries
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience with donor-funded community development programs, CVE, or related areas
- A minimum of four years of experience working on CVE/PVE or gang violence activities in the areas of direct programming, research, policy analysis, consulting, and/or analyzing or assessing programs that aim to prevent or counter violent extremism or prevent gang violence
- A minimum of five years of experience as a Chief of Party with the managerial and diplomatic skills necessary to develop collaborative working relationships with government counterparts, international organizations, and other USG activities. A proven record of fostering partnerships and coordinating project implementation in a complex and dynamic political and international partner donor programming environment; Experience working with the military and/or Department of Defense officials is a plus
- Demonstrated experience in working effectively and negotiating with partner government representatives to collaboratively introduce models and activities to counter or prevent extremism or violence
- Skills in monitoring, evaluating and effective management toward meeting project objectives; including evaluating sub-awardee and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits and reporting requirements; working out solutions to keep activities on track; and providing overall guidance and direction focusing the activity team on achieving agreed targets and long-term strategic objectives
- Chief of Party experience on programs with budgets in excess of $20 million is highly desired
- Master’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field or the equivalent experience required
- Demonstrated success across the whole range of project management responsibilities including: strategic program planning; work planning and budgeting; financial, administrative, contractual management and oversight
- Demonstrated success in relationship management with multiple clients; oversight of program monitoring and evaluation; and documentation of results for USAID-funded programs
- Written and spoken proficiency in English at Level 4 as defined by the International Language Roundtable. Proficiency in French or Arabic is preferred, however, substantial experience in CVE/PVE may be substituted for language proficiency
- Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills with demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations, as well as mentor national staff
- Knowledge and experience in working collaboratively with and empowering local non-governmental (such as local NGOs involved in CVE/PVE and positive youth development activities) and governmental organizations (such as national PVE/counter-terrorism agencies) including capacity building. Demonstrated experience in applying the principles of the Paris Declaration for aid effectiveness and/or USAID’s New Partnership Initiative (NPI)
- Past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming
- Demonstrated strategic planning, staff development and capacity building experience
- Strong analytical capacity
Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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