Chief of Party (COP)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 April 2021

Job Description

Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a full-time Chief of Party (COP) for the Promoting Peace and Justice (PPJ) activity in Bangladesh funded by USAID. The PPJ activity works with legal aid delivery organizations, judges, judicial staff, and vulnerable groups to improve access to and delivery of legal aid services in Bangladesh. The goal of the PPJ activity is to increase citizen confidence in governance institutions through improved access to justice. This is a full time position based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The COP will be the senior most position responsible for the management and administration of the project. In close coordination with USAID/Bangladesh’s DRG Team, the COP is responsible for providing oversight of grant activities, including supervision of project staff, ensuring appropriate grant designs, ensuring that procedures are established and compiled for grant development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and grant closing. The candidate will be capable of providing leadership for the project and directly interacting with USAID, but also instill the necessary confidence in key personnel to directly brief and update USAID on project operations, performance, research and analysis. Essential Job Duties:
  • Provide technical and strategic leadership on all program activities, budget, compliance, and reporting;
  • Develop regular reports and ongoing activity monitoring consistent with the requirements of DI’s contract with USAID and with internal reporting requirements;
  • Collaborate with USAID staff to achieve all program goals;
  • Manage the preparation and presentation of all work plans, MEL plans, and reports;
  • 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;
  • Approve expenditures and other financial transactions in accordance with DI and USAID policies and practices;
  • Represent DI externally at meetings, workshops, and other events;
  • Act as a key liaison with the host country government and USAID offices in Bangladesh and Washington, DC, in the areas of oversight, reporting, and compliance;
  • Manage, build, and empower a diverse team of project staff throughout Bangladesh;
  • Provide technical assistance, as needed, to program partners, grantees, and beneficiaries.
  • Manage relationships with local partners and government, civil society representatives and international donor representatives.
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Law or Social Science or in related fields.
  • Minimum of ten years in a senior management position in development, political transition, stabilization, conflict mitigation, advocacy, rule of law, access to justice or strengthening of civil society.
  • Previous experience as a Chief of Party or other head of project position.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Judiciary, local administration authorities and Government ministries.
  • Understanding of the financial and logistical procedures to manage a large activity with multiple small sub-awards; experience managing a small grants program desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a large, diverse team.
  • Complete fluency in written and oral English is an essential qualification.
  • Experience working in high threat security environments and leading politically sensitive activities.
  • This position reports to Director of Program Management.
  • Direct reports include the field team in Dhaka.
Application Process: Please submit your resume and cover letter. We will only contact those candidates who best meet our needs. This position is open to expatriates only.

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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