Chief of Party

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 June 2020
  • Monrovia, Liberia
  • Closing on 17 July 2020
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Job Description

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Liberia entitled, “Transforming the Education System for Teachers and Students” (TESTS). This position will be based in Liberia and is contingent upon award.

Project description

This anticipated five-year comprehensive teacher training program in Liberia aims to improve early childhood education and primary education teachers’ quality and instructional delivery. TESTS will build capacity and strengthen teacher training institutions in the areas of primary and early childhood education, improve the quality of critical teaching skills and improve the enabling environment for teacher practice.


Job Description

The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for overall aspects of program implementation and performance, both technical and managerial. In close coordination with the government entities and universities, the COP will serve as a major driver of policy reforms in the pre-service teacher education sector in Liberia. The COP will also manage the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and technical team, with overall responsibility for overseeing coordination across results areas, coordination of decision making across key stakeholders, and supervision of partner organizations. S/he has overall responsibility for the development of the vision, strategy, and technical direction of the project. S/he leads planning and implementation of work plans to ensure quality results.  The COP will have overall responsibility in the areas of technical quality, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, operations, administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial accounting, and overall client satisfaction.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for daily oversight and direction of project activities;

  • Develop and maintain positive relations with Ministry of Education officials and other government counterparts, USAID, local organizations and program partners;

  • Build capacity of public and private sector institutions to ensure local ownership and sustainability of project activities;

  • Communicate regularly with USAID to provide updates and progress reports;

  • Oversee planning and implementation of project activities, including reporting, tracking of Performance Monitoring Plan and implementation of the project work plan;

  • Supervise project technical and operations teams;

  • Supervise the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of all local staff and consultants.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree or foreign equivalent; or PhD or EdD is preferred) in education, education policy and planning, public/business administration, international relations, other social sciences, or a similar relevant field;

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience managing complex international and donor-funded development projects, preferably with USAID;

  • At least 5 years of experience in the education sector in Liberia or West Africa;

  • Demonstrated experience in project design, policy dialogue, strategic planning and implementation, education reform and national-level quality improvement;

  • At least 5 years’ experience leading pre-service and in-service teacher training and professional development programs;

  • Experience in early childhood education, inclusive education and community engagement initiatives preferred;

  • Must have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines;

  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in English preferred.

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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