The Chief of Party will provide the project with overall vision, leadership and guidance for a 5-year USAID microenterprise project with a key focus on the agricultural sector accesses economic opportunities. The activities include support to microfinance institutions to improve access to financial services that are tailored to the needs of microenterprises; reduce regulatory, policy, and barriers that limited growth opportunities for microenterprises; build capacity to microenterprises to improve quality, productivity and market potential as well as increase access to new markets.
The CoP will be the primary contact with USAID and has overall programmatic and fiscal responsibility for the 5 to 10 million USD project, including achieving project results, effectively communicating achievements, making financial reports, and ensuring compliance with all USAID and CARE regulations. The CoP will be based in Vientiane; manage all project staff and partnerships and is required to travel within Laos.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders
- Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
- Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes.
- Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
- Build partnerships among international, national and community level stakeholders.
- Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles
- With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans.
- Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
- Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
- Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field and minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development project management (USAID program management preferred); previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience in microenterprise, economic development, agriculture or value chain development (preferably within SE Asia)
- Experience with one or more of the following:
- Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, (M&E) of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
- Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills
- Experience in recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams
- Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Experience in managing required USAID programmatic and financial reporting requirements
- Experience with M&E is desirable.
- Demonstrated understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and a commitment to CARE’s approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity.
- Previous experience in Laos and/or South East Asia is a strong advantage.
- Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required; knowledge of local languages is desirable.
- Ability to travel within Laos as required.
About the Organization
CARE is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organisation, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. We depend on support from the Australian public to carry out our work.
CARE Australia is a member of the CARE International confederation. We strive for a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
For 30 years, CARE Australia has earned an international reputation for our ability to respond quickly to emergency situations in countries where CARE International operates, including Syria, Pakistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Vanuatu. We are also renowned for our innovative, sustainable and effective long-term development projects. All our projects are designed to equip the people we support with skills and resources so they can take charge of their lives and work towards a better future.
CARE Australia is directly responsible for program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as management and contractual control of all projects. As a consequence, we have a high degree of accountability and transparency. CARE Australia is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work around the world.