Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 June 2020
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Job Description

Category: Manager
Req ID: CHIEF02104
Posted Date: 2020-06-17
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC 20015, United States USA



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.

Project Summary:

The purpose of USAID’s Africa Trade and Investment Program is to mobilize enterprise-driven solutions that will help bolster Africa’s growing markets while expanding U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationships. The program will advance the U.S. Government (USG) initiative Prosper Africa and its goals to boost trade, increase investment, and support business-friendly policy reforms. The activity will support trade and investment that drives development outcomes in all sectors through increasing trade and investment opportunities and improving the enabling environment. The program will complement the USG’s trade and investment tools through customized services - from business consulting and transaction facilitation to targeted policy interventions. Through a continent-wide approach and with satellite offices supporting North and sub-Saharan Africa, the program will provide well-coordinated services aligned with private sector needs.

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded trade and investment program in Africa. The COP will be responsible for overall project management, quality and timeliness of deliverables, external representation, and coordination with the USAID COR. S/he will be responsible for establishing offices in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and North Africa, recruiting Core Staff, and managing a network of qualified professionals to serve as short term technical advisors. The COP will provide strategic vision for managing activities and will ensure the quality of work and compliance with contractual obligations and results and will be responsible for the quality and performance of work that is sub-contracted to other partners.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Ensure the project is operational and meets its contractual objectives and anticipated outcomes;
  • Ensure key project deliverables are timely and approved;
  • Provide overall management and leadership of technical, administrative, operational, and logistical direction of the project;
  • Serve as primary liaison with USAID on management and technical work;
  • Foster and maintain collaborative relationships with African government officials, and senior-level national and county-level government officials;
  • Lead coordination with USAID, key stakeholders, and other implementing partners; and
  • Manage and supervise the work of project personnel and subcontractors.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • Masters’ degree in business, economics, or other relevant field (or, alternately, a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and five additional years of relevant experience);
  • At least 12 years of experience implementing economic development, public private partnership facilitation and implementation, trade and investment promotion, or SME development in developing countries, of which seven (7) years was overseas in a senior leadership capacity of a project that involved managing a team;
  • Experience working collaboratively with host country governments and the local private sector, and coordinating activities with those of other donors;
  • Experience in design and implementation of large-scale projects ($25 million in value or more), including financial management experience, such as budgeting; tracking, reporting and accounting; and procurement;
  • Experience managing projects and/or an office with culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures;
  • Prior experience in any of the target countries with knowledge of Pan-African trade is highly preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written English required.

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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