Job Title: Chief of Party, Ebola Pillar II Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL) Activity
Department/Location: Vienna, VA, with frequent visits to IBTCI’s Washington DC Office
Reports To: Ebola Pillar II MEL, Project Director
Type: Regular Full-Time
IBTCI is seeking a senior leader to manage and provide technical assistance to Ebola Pillar II Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning activity portfolio in our Global Health practice. In addition to supervising home office project staff, the Chief of Party will manage a team of senior, field-based personnel and consultants across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. S/he will be the key point of contact with our clients for day-to-day technical, programmatic, and financial reporting matters for Washington-based projects. S/he will be the primary point of contact between our clients and IBTCI’s senior management team. The Chief of Party will routinely be called upon to provide technical assistance in research and evaluation and will be responsible for ensuring the technical quality of IBTCI’s deliverables. In collaboration with the Project Director for Ebola Pillar II MEL, s/he will lead an $8.5 million dollar project implemented across three countries. Travel to the field is required and will be carried out on an agreed upon schedule.
Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Manage implementation of the activity in West Africa including large components in macro-level evaluations, operations research, routine monitoring, data quality assessment, knowledge management and learning, capacity building, and special studies.
- Manage teams of senior experts who are implementing IBTCI activities at home office and in the field.
- Manage consultant evaluation and research teams, and other technical assistance consultants, to ensure the quality of all products and services provided to the client.
- Monitor the management and administration of the project and manage the overall operational, administrative, and financial aspects of the project.
- Ensure compliance with FAR and ADS guidance with special attention given to USAID’s Evaluation Policy (ADS 203).
- Adhere to project operating policies and procedures as described in IBTCI’s operating manuals. The COP will ensure contractual compliance and familiarity with the client’s expectations as delineated in the contract and through incidental communications with IBTCI.
- Ensure timely and complete reporting (quarterly reports, annual reports, performance reports, etc.) as well as all required evaluation reports, work plans, financial reports and other documents/reports produced by active project.
- Ensure open and clear communication across project staff, technical team leads, consultants, field officers, subcontractors, and USAID clients in USAID/Washington and three country missions/office (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone).
- Lead the finalization of the evaluations and studies research framework(s) for the program in collaboration with the consultant evaluators and research assistants, Missions’ Technical Units and Program Office during the inception phase in country;
- Lead process for obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and in-country ethical review if necessary, with support from the country Program Office;
- Oversee design and provision of trainings on research and M&E to country staff, with support from consultant evaluators;
- Oversee development and finalization of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools with support from consultant evaluators and researcher assistants, country Program Offices and Technical Units;
- Implement protocols for data entry and security, including mechanisms for quality control;
- Lead collection, compilation, analysis and consolidation of data in coordination with the Program Offices, Technical Units, and researchers to provide overall learning that will inform course corrections where necessary;
- Build the capacity of country program teams in developing data collection tools, undertaking monitoring, evaluation, and learning, analyzing their data and information to inform program adjustments and/or adaptations, and consolidating information for reporting and tracking progress;
- Serve as technical expert and liaison in all M&E-related matters vis-à-vis local government officials;
- Lead and/or contribute to the writing of final evaluation report(s), and presentations of Ebola Pillar II products and services at USAID and other fora.
- Other tasks as assigned by Project Director and/or client.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated experience in international development with in-depth knowledge of at least one of the following programmatic areas: global health with particular emphasis on infectious diseases and health systems strengthening, agricultural economics, food security, and/or humanitarian assistance. Experience in education and economic growth also relevant.
- Strong working knowledge of AIDAR and FAR regulations and their practical application.
- Intimate familiarity with the requirements of USAID’s Evaluation Policy and guidance (ADS 203).
- Experience working on USAID-funded projects.
- Field experience leading the research and evaluation of development programs, preferably in global health or agricultural/food security.
- Extensive experience in preparation of workplans, quarterly and annual reports, technical reports especially in monitoring and evaluation, and client briefs.
- Exceptional presentation skills.
- Experience in financial and USAID contract management required.
- Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
- Ability to work with and be responsive to a wide range of clients, staff and consultants.
- Well-organized, attentive to detail, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously setting priorities for a large team of staff and consultants.
- Ability to work well independently and in teams.
- Demonstrated leadership and track record leading diverse teams across multiple sites.
- Proactive in anticipating work requirements and problem solving.
- Committed to mentoring professionals.
- At least 10 years of professional work experience in international development as it relates to the relevant technical area(s).
- At least 10 years of experience in positions of project management and administration including experience in directing, managing, implementing, and evaluating large, complex projects funded by USAID.
- At least 10 years of experience with working with a USG agency and/or international organization(s), as well as coordination of activities with a variety of organizations, including universities, development institutions, international organizations and other donor and contract groups.
- At least 5 years of cumulative experience conducting evaluations and/or operations research in limited resource settings, preferably in Africa, is required.
- Oral and written fluency in English is required, (at least FSI Level 4) and oral and written fluency in French is highly desired (at least FSI Level 3).
- Advanced degree (Master’s, MPH, PhD, MD) in public health, international relations, agriculture, economics, statistics, political science, public policy or other relevant field is required.
Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment.
Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position has supervisory responsibilities of key personnel and other senior staff and consultants.
Travel: International travel required up to 25-35%
Work Authorization: Candidate must be authorized to work in the U.S.A.
No phone calls please. All candidates will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.
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