Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 January 2021
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Job Description

World Learning seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for the USAID/Ethiopia Integrated Youth Activity (IYA). The COP will be responsible for overall leadership, management, and technical oversight for all activity components. S/he will serve as World Learning’s principal liaison to the donor. S/he is expected to play a vital role as primary coordinator and mentor to all project partners. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic individual and seasoned project director that brings significant experience in managing large USAID-funded projects, coordinating with private sector and government stakeholders, and working effectively and respectfully with team members from diverse backgrounds.

Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project.


• Manage World Learning’s partner relationships to ensure all activities are cohesive, unified, and reported effectively to USAID.

• Provide overall leadership, management, and strategic direction for the activity.

• In conjunction with project partners, USAID, and World Learning HQ, determine annual priorities, develop work plans, and ensure program responds to changing conditions and operating environments.

• Oversee program administration, implementation, and fiscal management to ensure financial activity aligns with budget allocations, internal policies, and USAID regulations.

• Oversee and monitor quality of all program activities, and ensure reports, work plans, and other program deliverables are timely and of high quality.

• Serve as overall communications/liaison with the donor, partners, and key stakeholders

• Report regularly to World Learning HQ, providing timely updates of all situational, security, and program developments.

• Manage and supervise team of local and international staff and consultants.

• Represent World Learning at conferences, working groups, and meetings.

• Other responsibilities as assigned.


• Advanced degree in a relevant field required.

• A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the successful implementation of donor-funded projects related to youth empowerment, including experience as a Chief of Party, Country Director, Deputy Chief of Party, Team Lead, or equivalent titles for large USAID-funded projects; expertise in positive youth development programming highly desired.

• Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.

• Excellent communication and diplomatic skills, with a professional level of verbal and written fluency in English. Knowledge of Amharic or other Ethiopian languages preferred.

• Proven experience leading inclusive programming that encourages full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

About the Organization

The World Learning Inc. Family

World Learning |

World Learning works globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful and just world through education, sustainable development, and exchange. Our programs advance leadership in more than 150 countries.

The Experiment in International Living |

The Experiment in International Living is the most experienced provider of summer abroad programs for high school students. For more than 85 years, our immersive programs have allowed participants to explore the world in an authentic and impactful way, while developing enduring friendships through hands on cultural experiences and homestays. Students come away from The Experiment with invaluable cultural, interpersonal, leadership, language, and college-prep skills that help them thrive in diverse environments and careers.


School for International Training (SIT), founded more than 50 years ago as a training center for early Peace Corps volunteers, provides accredited undergraduate study abroad programs on all seven continents and global and low-residency master’s degrees focused on the world’s most pressing issues. Undergraduates on SIT Study Abroad programs engage deeply with a critical global issue—climate and the environment; development and inequality; global health; media, the arts, and social change; peace and human rights; or migration and identity—within specific cultural and geographical contexts. SIT Graduate Institute students get hands-on professional training in the fields of climate change and global sustainability, conflict transformation and peace and justice leadership, international education, sustainable development, and TESOL. All SIT programs are based on the experiential learning model and a commitment to social justice.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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