Chief of Party, Nepal

Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 21 February 2018

Job Description

Chief of Party – Nepal

We are seeking a Chief of Party for an upcoming project in Nepal

Project Overall Objectives:

Nepal Local Governance / Support to Federalization Project. The goal of the project is to provide support to Nepal’s state restructuring and devolution to local bodies as envisioned and empowered in Nepal’s 2015 constitution through support to citizens in accessing government services, and to newly-elected officials; support to local level government performance; and support in institutionalizing inclusive citizen participation in local decision-making and public accountability mechanisms. Candidates that have experience in one or more of the below areas and who meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply.


Chief of Party will be responsible for the overall technical and managerial leadership of the entire program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the agreement. This individual will be the key liaison with USAID/Nepal, the Government of Nepal, and all other counterparts and implementing organizations involved with local governance. This individual will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments. This individual should be able to offer solutions in a complex development environment.

COP’s specific responsibilities will include:

  • Providing technical leadership to the project working closely with ICMA Home Office
  • Ensuring that project targets are met
  • Acting as the key technical liaison to USAID and national counterparts.
  • Liaising with USAID to ensure that project operations are in compliance with all relevant USAID and USG rules and regulations;
  • Supervising project staff, contractors and short-term consultants to ensure quality performance;
  • Overseeing the development, review and finalization through USAID approval of annual work plans and budgets;
  • Monitoring project and operations expenditures and collaborating with Home Office to realign budgets as necessary;
  • Ensure that the project is technically, financially and operationally complaint and audit-ready.
  • Overseeing the preparation of project reports that meet ICMA quality standards in content and presentation while satisfying USAID requirements;
  • Assisting in organization and preparation for project close out.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • S/he will have at least 15 years of experience in the management and implementation of democratic local governance programs and knowledge of local government strengthening, public administration, and citizen participation issues. S/he will have prior experience of implementation of successful decentralization and/or territorial-administrative reforms.
  • S/he will be fluent in English (spoken, written and reading), and have demonstrated the ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing a complex program in the field.
  • Experience as a city manager is a plus as well as prior experience in Nepal, and a proven ability to work collaboratively with donors.
  • Education Requirements: S/he will have a master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) in a discipline related to government, management, city planning, city management or foreign assistance development.

About the Organization

Founded in 1914, ICMA (International City/County Management Association) is the premier local government leadership and management organization. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by advocating and developing the professional management of local government worldwide. In addition to supporting its nearly 9,000 members, ICMA provides publications, data, information, technical assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county experts and other individuals throughout the world. Since 1989, ICMA International has leveraged the experience of local government practitioners and veteran international consultants to further the ICMA mission to create excellence in local governance worldwide. ICMA International has successfully designed, implemented and evaluated more than 500 international projects, establishing a solid reputation for its practical, hands-on approach to meeting global challenges faced by communities around the world.

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