Chief of Party, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Posted on 17 March 2020
  • Congo, The Democratic Republic of
  • Closing on 16 April 2020
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Job Description

FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Chief of Party for an anticipated basic education project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

FHI 360 is seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for an anticipated USAID project to focus on basic education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The COP will serve as the project’s technical and administrative director, overseeing all aspects of award compliance, project finance and operations, coordinated implementation of activities, and timely submission of high-quality reports and deliverables. The COP will provide technical direction and quality oversight for the design and implementation of activities that increase the capacity of education authorities to plan, manage, and oversee education services in formal and non-formal schools. This individual will guide the development and implementation of strategies to ensure the availability of appropriate instructional materials and trained teachers needed to high quality basic education that addresses the academic and emotional needs of students.

Job Summary:

The COP will oversee a core project team that includes senior technical, monitoring and evaluation, finance, and operations personnel, and will serve as primary liaison with USAID, government counterparts, and key stakeholder representatives. This position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding and will be based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide technical direction and oversight of project activities;
  • Maintain positive relations with the client, government counterparts, and program partners;
  • Promoting clear and constructive communications with the client to ensure a shared vision for project activities and outcomes, address implementation challenges, and encourage the sharing of best practices and project successes;
  • Ensure project activities are compliant with the approved work plan and that project results are aligned with the project monitoring plan;
  • Ensure the accuracy and technical quality of all project deliverables, including periodic performance reports, financial and technical reports, training materials, and instructional materials;
  • Supervise in-country project personnel, including senior technical, finance, and operations personnel; and
  • Engage corporate support units (in country and at corporate headquarters) for technical and administrative support as needed.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in education, international development, or related field required;
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant project management experience providing technical leadership to major donor funded education in conflict and crisis projects;
  • Minimum of five years of senior project leadership of USAID or US government funded projects;
  • Technical and/or project management experience in the education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in DRC or other Francophone African countries preferred;
  • Demonstrated understanding of USAID rules and regulations, as well as project compliance;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively work with USAID and international donors, government counterparts, and project stakeholders;
  • Proven ability to work effectively in challenging environments;
  • Excellent team building and supervisory skills; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English.

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.

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About the Organization

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 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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