Chief of Party

  • Posted on 8 June 2020

Job Description

Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking an experienced Chief of Party with knowledge of the higher education sector for a project on which ASU is submitting an application to USAID. Hiring for this position will be contingent upon securing funding from USAID for this activity and USAID’s approval of the candidate for this position. It is anticipated that the project will work initially with higher education institutions in Africa, with potential for expanding via mission buy-ins to other regions.

Reporting to the Faculty Project Director (FPD) at ASU, the COP is responsible for overall project administration and management of the budget, program management and impact; external representation in country; and, at the direction of the FPD, coordination with USAID, program partners and stakeholders, other donors and other program contractors. The COP serves as the day-to-day point of contact for USAID missions in the region, government ministries and other donors and key stakeholders for the program. The Chief of Party (COP) must have outstanding past performance references and a record of successfully leading projects that are similar in size and complexity.

This position is contingent upon award to ASU and USAID approval. This position is tentatively based in Ghana.

Essential Functions:

· Provides program leadership and management and ensures compliant implementation of the project. Builds working relationship with USAID Mission personnel, government ministries and other stakeholders.

· In close coordination with the FPD, provides capacity building of the local in-country team including coaching and mentoring. Works closely with project team members to monitor implementation and to ensure high quality and timely completion and submission of all contractually required deliverables.

· In close coordination with the FPD, oversees the implementation of efficient, results-oriented, cost-effective interventions. Develops and coordinates technical assistance activities and training programs and corresponding budget(s) to meet project objectives and goals.

· Oversees program finances, budgeting and procurement, in collaboration with functional teams in the country office, to ensure that all finance and procurement is compliant with USG and ASU policies and procedures.

· Coordinating closely with the FPD, is responsible for timely delivery of all required reports and documentation to USAID, and for directing the development and delivery of an effective branding and marking and public communications strategy that demonstrates the project’s value to relevant stakeholders.


Education and Work Experience:

· A Master’s Degree in an education related area (e.g., in education and/or social/behavioral sciences).

· At least seven years of demonstrated significant, relevant, progressively increasing responsibility in managing activities of similar scope in international development assistance. Significant relevant experience includes at least one stint as COP, or equivalent Program Manager function.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

· A demonstrated track record of achieving results in a development context.

· Experience working with higher education institution faculty and leaders.

· Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host-country institutions and international organizations.

· Demonstrated track record of working in teams and fostering partnerships. .

· Demonstrated commitment to results for women and girls and other vulnerable populations.

· Demonstrated understanding of the technical activities this activity will implement. The successful applicant need not be recognized as an expert in all of these areas but must have a combination of educational and work experience that clearly demonstrates an ability to provide effective overall technical leadership and oversight.

· Strong writing and communication abilities are essential; the COP will hold ultimate responsibility for the quality and timeliness of reporting and communication efforts.

· Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with tact and discretion.

· A commitment to international higher education, applied research and capacity building consonant with ASU’s charter of access, excellence, and social impact

Work Conditions & Physical Demands: Essential functions are performed in a general office setting with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting; telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About the Organization

Our mission at Arizona State University is no less than revolutionizing the model for public higher education. We call it the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018, U.S. News and World Report named ASU the most innovative university, ahead of Stanford at #2 and MIT at #3. The ASU model has relevance for developing countries seeking to meet escalated expressions of challenges that we face in the United States. In 2015, ASU established ASU International Development to support cross-university pursuit of development projects. ASU ID provides a single point of contact for donors and partners seeking to access the university’s myriad resources. Since 2015, ASU has successfully implemented projects for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as MasterCard and Gates. Countries of work include Brazil, Barbados, Haiti, India, Pakistan, West Bank, El Salvador, Vietnam, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, Kenya, Nepal, Jamaica, Aruba and the Pacific Islands. ASU provides strong back-office support to its partners as one of the few university research enterprises to be ISO 9001-compliant.

ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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