Chief of Party, Mozambique

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 August 2018

Job Description

Job Profile:

Counterpart International is currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for its USAID-funded project in Mozambique that aims at strengthening the impact of civic activism to improve accountability, effective democratic governance in the target sectors of biodiversity conservation, climate change, education, extractive industry, health/HIV, and accountable governance and elections. The COP position will represent Counterpart to USAID, local and national partners, and other relevant donor organizations in Mozambique. The COP will provide overall vision and technical leadership, provide financial and administrative oversight, and day-to-day management of the program. The COP will also oversee staff management and development and ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting to the donor and communications with key stakeholders. This is a full/part time position based in Maputo, Mozambique . This position will report to the Africa Regional Director, at Headquarters in Crystal City, Viginia.

Mozambican Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide vision, leadership, strategic management and oversight of program implementation.
  • Ensure program design integrates Counterpart’s best practices, models and tools from similar projects.
  • Manage, and provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
  • Oversee all administrative, contracting, hiring, recruitment, and logistical aspects of the program.
  • Coordinate activities between the field office and Counterpart headquarters.
  • Ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and communications.
  • Assume financial accountability and ensure compliance with Counterpart and USAID rules and regulations, particularly with respect to financial and grant management.
  • Provide technical assistance to local CSO and government partners.
  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID, local and national governmental authorities, local nongovernmental organizations, community organizations, and other donor organizations.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as international development, political science, public health or policy.
  • Minimum of fifteen years of civil society or governance field experience, preferably in Mozambique or sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible management experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in two or more of the following areas: civil society/CSO capacity building, civic engagement, government accountability, elections, health/HIV, education, sustainable livelihoods or environment.
  • Commitment to championing social inclusion across programming, such as gender integration and inclusion of women, youth, ethnic and religious minorities, and other marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, training, and team-building.
  • Strong multicultural, interpersonal, communication and supervision skills.
  • Proven ability to work at the highest levels with government and non-government partners.
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and previous experience in managing complex USG or bilateral donor-funded projects.
  • Professional level speaking, reading, and writing in English and Portuguese.


  • Master’s degree in a related field, such as international development, political science, public health or policy.
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and previous experience in managing complex USG or bilateral donor-funded projects with sub-grants portfolio strongly preferred.
  • Experience in elections programming.

About the Organization

Counterpart International works to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. Counterpart's multi-sectoral capacity and experience offers beneficiaries direct access to in-house know-how in civil society and economic development, environmental resource management, health and social services, food security, sustainable agriculture and humanitarian aid. Counterpart currently manages a U.S. government-funded portfolio of $17 million and an annual distributions of $100 million in donated commodities, which supports community development activities in nearly 25 countries.

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