Counterpart International (CPI) is seeking applications from qualified Chief of Party (CoP) candidates for the, USAID-funded Supporting the Efforts of Partners (STEPS) program in Malawi. Since June 2014, the STEPS program has been providing support to enhance the organizational capacity and internal governance of targeted Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including a subset of CSOs working in the HIV/Malaria sectors, enabling them to increase impact in their respective sectors, at both the local and national level. The scope of STEPS activity will be accomplished through two components: 1) Organizational Capacity Development (OCD) and 2) sub-grant awards and management. The COP will provide strategic vision and technical leadership on issues of OCD. As the program enters its final year, the Chief of Party will leverage the program investments made-to-date and focus on building the project’s legacy. The CoP will represent Counterpart to USAID, local and national partners, and other relevant donor organizations in Malawi.
S/he will provide financial and administrative oversight and day-to-day management and implementation of the program. The COP will also oversee staff management and development and ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
Malawi nationals are encouraged to apply.
- Provide overall project leadership, management, quality control, and technical direction, while ensuring compliance with donor requirements and regulations (e.g. USAID, USDA, DoL and others), and Counterpart policies and procedures.
- Build an integrated vision among diverse project components and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving results.
- Identify obstacles and risks related to implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the home office and donor.
- Liaise with the USAID mission (and other donors as applicable), civil society organizations, local government officials, and other local partners to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements.
- Manage and supervise the work of project personnel, subcontractors, and grantees, with a focus on achieving work plan targets and core results in a timely manner.
- Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
- Oversee field office finances and administration of sub-contracts and sub-awards.
- Oversee field office HR practices, ensuring hiring, employee evaluations and promotions are in compliance with Counterpart policies and procedures.
- Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound and appropriate.
- Participate in specialized content (technical) events such as workshops and roundtables, support knowledge management, and share learning across key networks.
- Coordinate activities between the field office and Counterpart headquarters.
- Leverage networks, program investments, and project successes to seek opportunities for program expansion and promoting Counterpart’s practice areas.
- Job descriptions are not exhaustive and the job holder may be required to undertake duties which are broadly in line with the above responsibilities.
- Ensure that all Counterpart staff, visitors, and consultants have read, understand and follow Counterpart safety and security rules, regulations, and policies in their country of operations.
- Work closely with Counterpart’s Safety and Security department in order to protect staff, assets, infrastructure, and reputation as required.
- Master’s degree in social sciences, community development, communications, business, international development, and/or other related field.
- Minimum ten years progressively responsible management experience, with significant experience administering donor-funded programs in the areas of OCD.
- Minimum five years of experience working on OCD in Africa, particular in Southern or East Africa.
- Demonstrated capacity to develop solid working relationships local counterparts, including CSO leadership and staff, senior government officials, local governments, and to coordinate closely with other donors.
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID development approaches, as well as understanding of USAID rules and regulations and mandatory reporting requirements.
- Proven leadership, adaptive management and decision-making skills. Flexibility and proactive problem solving skills a must.
- Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communications skills to meet the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Commitment to gender integration, experience with gender integration a plus.
- English fluency is required.