Chief of Party for Nepal

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 June 2020

Job Description



The Chief of Party (COP) will provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the project. S/he will serve as key personnel and fulfill the diverse managerial requirements of the project, including maintaining the relationship with the USAID Mission and working in collaboration with the Nepali Ministry of Health and Population. Based in Kathmandu, the COP will have technical and management responsibility for all project activities and personnel and will be the project representative liaising with the Government of Nepal. The COP will have overall responsibility for addressing award related matters, including managerial and fiscal responsibility for the project including ensuring compliance with donor and ADRA’s regulations, policies and procedures. S/he will oversee program implementation, provide technical vision and approach and manage the project team and consortium members. S/he will have direct responsibility for supervision of select key personnel. S/he will be responsible for the smooth implementation of the project, and for effectively addressing challenges that arise during performance. S/he is responsible for timely and accurate delivery of all reports and project products and ensure that systems are in place to mitigate the risk of fraud, waste, and abuse. This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.


  • Provide leadership and expertise in the development and implementation of adolescent reproductive health and family planning initiatives that deliver sustainable results
  • Lead the overall planning, implementation, strategic direction, and management of the project in close coordination with the Nepali government, USAID, and other USAID implementing partners, as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project in a timely and cost-effective manner with adherence to technical quality standards and donor guidelines
  • Provide first-class leadership to all aspects of the project management including development and submission of detailed work plans, budgets, performance frameworks, monitoring and evaluation plans, procurement and supply management plan and human resource management
  • Provide strategic leadership and technical and managerial direction to ensure the project is evidence-based and responsive to the needs of marginalized and hard to reach Nepali communities while meeting donor expectations
  • Oversee a team of senior technical and program management project staff and ensure strong communication and coordination with and between all team members, and with ADRA’s regional and global technical advisors
  • Build, strengthen and sustain critical relationships with Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population, local government authorities, USAID, USG-funded implementing partners, private sector, and other key players in the efforts to maximize prudent resource utilization, minimize duplication of efforts, coordinate regularly with them on project updates and results, and attend relevant technical working groups and conferences as required.
  • Ensure the project is implemented in a fiscally responsible manner and in full compliance with all laws, regulations, policies and procedures of USAID, Government of Nepal, and ADRA
  • Manage all USAID requirements for project implementation, including effective utilization of the resources to achieve project deliverables
  • Provide leadership in preparation and timely submission of project reports to donor and government as per agreement and directives
  • Present project’s progress, achievements and lessons learned to donors, government other key stakeholders through various platforms including meetings, technical working groups and conferences in compliance to terms and conditions of the award
  • Lead the discussion with the government of Nepal on the sustainability and transition of project for local ownership
  • Proactively manage relationship with consortium members and addresses any partnership issues as the need arises
  • Manage all risks that may adversely affect project implementation and achievement of goals and outcomes
  • Strengthen the capacity of and transfer skills to local staff to independently implement, manage and improve business practice and technical services


  • Master’s Degree in public health, social sciences or related advanced degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility in managing successful international development assistance and health programs of similar scope in the area of adolescent family planning and reproductive health.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the adolescent FP/RH landscape in and knowledge of USG health initiatives in Nepal
  • Demonstrated capacity in managing for results
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience with USG-funded programs, with experience as COP or Deputy COP preferred
  • Proven record of building teams and fostering collaboration to achieve program goals, meet program milestones, and produce quality program results
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of adolescent RH/FP and experience in the design and implementation of adolescent RH and FP programs, at scale.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions and international organizations
  • Excellent past performance references
  • Demonstrated leadership in working and collaborating with other donors and a wide range of USAID and other donor-funded organizations


  • Excellent negotiation skills with demonstrated capacity for negotiating with senior government officials or executives
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English


  • Relevant experience in South Asia, especially Nepal
  • Ability to travel up to 35% in country and internationally as required

About the Organization

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is a global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that demonstrates God’s love and compassion. ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.

ADRA International is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As such we have the right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in the hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not found, we will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand, respect and honour the mission, purpose, and identity of ADRA International.

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