Chief of Party

  • Executive-level
  • Posted on 25 February 2021
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Closing on 27 March 2021

Job Description

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Belarus.

The COP will be based in an FHI 360 project field office in Vilnius, Lithuania. S/he will be overseen by an FHI 360 Project Director based in Washington, DC.

Project Description:

FHI 360 seeks a Chief of Party (CoP) for a five-year USAID civil society activity in Belarus. The goal of this activity is to capacitate and empower a wide range of civil society, including formal and informal civic groups, to advance democratic reforms and accountable governance in Belarus. This civil society activity will address the following primary development challenges: lack of civic education and lack of flexible, demand-based support for civil society in Belarus.

The activity will build on the accomplishments and lessons learned during implementation of previous USAID-supported civil society programming. The activity will promote flexible, accessible, and demand-based support throughout all objective areas and will include support for, and engagement of, a wide range of civic entities, including formal CSOs, informal civic initiatives, grass-roots civic groups, and civic-minded individuals. The activity will explore new and innovative approaches to engaging with a wide range of civic actors, including informal groups, to amplify horizontal networks and relationships between these new actors while working to strengthen their collective impact. The activity will build the capacity of CSOs to actively engage new civic actors and strengthen their communications and relationships with constituents. Priority areas within these activities include: 1) enhancing civic literacy and national identity of Belarusian citizens, 2) strengthening local legal capacity and increasing availability of legal resources for civil society, 3) enhancing the capacity of civil society, including well-established and newly forming civil society groups, to address citizen identified issues and mobilize domestic resources, and 4) increasing civil society resilience through accessible, flexible, and demand-based support.

Job Responsibilities:

The Chief of Party (CoP) will have overall responsibility for assuring that all assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate for the needs to be addressed and for adequately managing and supervising the work of all field staff, long‐term staff, short‐term staff, consortium partners, and/or sub‐partners, as proposed. Her/his primary responsibilities will include overall leadership, management oversight, and technical direction for the program, ensuring an integrated vision across components and actors, with a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract. The Chief of Party will be the primary point of contact with USAID with regards to day‐to‐day activity implementation and management matters relating to the project. S/he will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. S/he will supervise activity implementation and ensure activities meet stated goals and reporting requirements. The Chief of Party will have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in international development, political science, business, or a related field; Advanced degree preferred;
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience leading civil society strengthening and/or capacity development projects, with preference given to experience in Belarus and/or Eastern Europe; experience leading USAID-funded projects strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures;
  • Experience strengthening civil society networks, developing civil society capacity, and landscape analysis;
  • Experience recruiting, forming, and successfully managing teams and ensuring the quality of their products;
  • Experience managing subgrants in the Eastern European context;
  • Knowledge of Belarus’ political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context strongly preferred;
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams while developing a common vision;
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity in politically sensitive environments;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English required; fluency in Russian preferred.

About the Organization

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.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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