Chief of Party (COP) / Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) - Ethiopia

  • Posted on 24 February 2021
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Closing on 7 March 2021
  • Proposal

Job Description


SoCha, LLC is preparing a response for USAID/Ethiopia’s upcoming opportunity for MEL and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) services under its expected Highlands Resilience Platform for Adaptive Learning (R-PAL) Activity. The R-PAL mechanism will include platforms and processes that streamline collaboration, communication, and knowledge management for over 25+ USAID partners working to increase household and community resilience to shocks in the Highlands regions of Ethiopia. The primary purpose is to lead learning within USAID’s Transitioning into Graduation through Enhanced Resilience (TIGER) Project.

SoCha is looking for qualified individuals to fill the roles of Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party. Candidates may be nominated as Key Personnel as part of the bid process and onboarded on successful contract award to SoCha and donor approval.

Scope of Work

Illustrative Functions of the Positions

The Chief of Party (COP) will run the MEL project. He or she will work with the relevant USAID mission in country of project.

  • Lead client relations with USAID’s program office, technical offices, and front office;
  • Set the strategic and tactical direction of the MEL project;
  • Oversee the execution and delivery of technical MEL and CLA work under the contract;
  • Oversee the project’s financial and administrative operations;
  • Assure the quality of the services provided under the contract;
  • Ensure compliance with the terms of the contract, including the timely submission of quality deliverables including work plans, the MEL plan, evaluations and assessments, and financial reports;
  • Meet with the USAID Contract Officer’s Representative to collaboratively coordinate priorities and work;
  • Coordinate with SoCha’s home office as required; and
  • Champion process improvement, change, and capacity enhancements in MEL.

Minimum qualifications and experience

  • A Masters degree or higher.5+ years of experience working internationally (preferably in sub-Saharan Africa and Ethiopia in particular).
  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects
  • Proven experience managing multi-year, multi-million dollar projects.
  • Understanding of how MEL and CLA improve USAID’s programs.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated experience liaising with high-level private and public sector representatives.
  • Proven ability to respond quickly to newly emergent tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience with adaptive management.


  • 10+ years of experience working on donor-funded projects.
  • 5+ years demonstrated experience managing multicultural and diverse teams, with strong interpersonal skills.


  • 8+ years of experience working on donor-funded projects.
  • 5+ years demonstratable experience managing teams on MEL activities.

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (anticipated)

Local and international offerers are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. We are a veteran-owned small business, registered in the United States, and headquartered in Mauritius. SoCha is structured to be nimble and flexible, where we can rapidly respond to evaluative and analytical requests globally and have a well-established network across Africa and Asia. Since our inception in 2010, we have grown from a consortium of globally recognized experts who specialize in evaluating the effectiveness of development assistance, to a full-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

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