Blumont is looking to hire a Chief of Party (CoP) for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Rural Water Infrastructure Governance Activity in Mali. Activity implementation is expected to begin in the Spring of 2020.
The CoP will likely be based in Bamako, Mali with frequent in-country trips. S/he will work closely with Blumont’s Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The CoP is a senior leadership position and will provide overall strategic direction in the design, management, implementation and quality assurance of the project. S/he will also provide technical assistance. The CoP will be Blumont’s primary point of contact with USAID and all relevant stakeholders. S/he will collaborate with the relevant Ministries and other critical partners to provide high-level support for effective capacity building at the local level and sustainability of the project interventions. The CoP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities, and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and Blumont’s regulations.
Other duties include, but are not limited to:
- Prepare strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines
- Lead start up activities including offices establishment and team recruitment
- Ensure technical compliance with the agreement/contract with USAID and timely delivery of project activities
- Oversee the performance of project staff including Blumont’s and those of the partners/sub-awardees
- Ensure proper financial management, procurement, human resources and logistics management in compliance with Blumont’s policies
- Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms and efficient systems to feed M&E data into decision-making to ensure high quality implementation
- Support a rigorous approach to learning and adaptation, in consultation with USAID
- Establish effective communication and coordination with personnel from the government in order to implement interventions and incorporate country-wide priorities
- Create a positive working environment for all staff and ensure fair professional growth and training opportunities for team members
- Represent Blumont and the project before USAID and in coordination meetings with national institutions and international donors
- Work with the project’s security focal person and Blumont’s regional security focal person to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members
- Support identification of growth opportunities in the region.
Qualifications and Skills:
- Postgraduate degree in natural resources management, environmental policy, water and sanitation engineering, public administration or other relevant fields
- Minimum of 15 years of professional experience in implementing international development projects, preferably in the fields of rural development, water management, or economic development
- Previous experience as CoP for large-scale projects for a minimum of five years
- Extensive experience overseeing work in Francophone Africa, ideally this experience would have come in the Sahel region
- Prior experience managing teams in Mali is highly preferred
- Expertise devising security plans in fragile states
- Strong negotiation and presentation skills and ability to build strong relationships with host governments’ institutions, local and international NGOs, and donors
- Fluency in English and French is a must.
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