Chief of Party (COP)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 March 2021

Job Description

DI is seeking to hire a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated five-year Nafoore countering violent extremism (VE) activity in Mauritania funded by USAID. This will be a full-time position based in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and will be contingent on award and funding. The anticipated program will work with youth to prevent violent extremism through a positive youth development (PYD) approach, building on results and lessons learned from previous USAID-funded activities. Nafoore will promote PYD by empowering youth to build their social, personal, and technical skills and assets, foster healthy relationships, and, with enhanced agency, become engaged and productive participants in the development of their communities. Nafoore will support the creation of enabling environments in which beneficiary youth will feel empowered to achieve self-established goals and will work to strengthen youth-centric protective environments in the larger community, so that youth can more actively contribute to community affairs, engage in safe public spaces, and access public services. These objectives will positively contribute to resilience against radicalization to violent extremism in Mauritania. The COP will lead programmatic, operational, and administrative activities of the activity and will report to DI’s Senior Director of Program Management. The COP will be responsible for developing a strong vision and implementation of the program with a positive youth development approach, integrating innovative strategies, and delivering on all objectives of the project. They will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of all staff. They will also provide mentorship and training, as needed, for all staff. The successful candidate must be a development professional with significant international program management experience, preferably in Mauritania or other countries with similar settings. They will serve as the primary point of contact between USAID and the DI program. Responsibilities: Programmatic
  • Provide technical and strategic leadership on all program activities, including matters of budget, compliance, and reporting;
  • Develop regular reports and ongoing activity monitoring consistent with the requirements of DI’s cooperative agreement with USAID and with internal reporting requirements;
  • Manage the preparation and presentation of all work plans, MEL plans, and reports;
  • Collaborate with USAID staff to achieve all program goals;
  • Serve as technical lead in designing, implementing, and overseeing the aspects of DI’s activity;
  • Represent DI externally at meetings, workshops, and other events;
  • Act as a key liaison with the host country government and USAID offices in Mauritania, Senegal, and Washington, DC, in the areas of oversight, reporting, and compliance;
  • Manage a diverse team of project staff throughout Mauritania; and
  • Provide technical assistance, as needed, to program partners, grantees, and beneficiaries.
  • Continue to build and lead DI’s dynamic local team;
  • Approve expenditures and other financial transactions in accordance with DI and USAID policies and practices;
  • Liaise regularly with USAID, local staff and partners, STTAs, and DI’s home office to ensure that deadlines are met and high-quality deliverables are completed and submitted in a timely manner; and
  • Manage relationships with local partners and government, civil society representatives, and international donor representatives.
  • Master’s degree or higher in international development, political science, management, or other relevant field;
  • 10 years of experience in project support and oversight, including managing programs in transitional or developing environments, managing teams, grant-making, and budget oversight;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID and/or U.S. State Department compliance and reporting requirements as well as a thorough understanding of the USAID and U.S. State Department regulatory environment;
  • In-depth familiarity with, understanding of, and ability to successfully navigate within conflict-affected and/or difficult operating contexts; experience in Mauritania and/or West Africa preferred;
  • Experience and technical expertise working on youth engagement, particularly in an international development context, required;
  • Experience and technical expertise working on preventing and countering violent extremism, as well as on activity monitoring & evaluation, preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Professional fluency in English is required; and
  • Proficiency in French and/or Arabic is required (both preferred).
Application Process: Please submit your resume and cover letter. We will only contact those candidates who best meet our needs. No phone calls or additional emails please. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. This position is open to expatriates.

About the Organization

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.

DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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