Chief of Party – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 14 February 2020
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Job Description

Chief of Party – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

Longtime partner INGOs Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) have founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is seeking candidates for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for the upcoming USAID-funded opportunity, “Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity”. The Bridge Youth Activity will be a five-year cooperative agreement, with a budget between $25-$50 million. The Activity objectives include: 1) equipping youth in Niger and Burkina Faso with market-relevant skills to prepare them for sustainable livelihoods; 2) linking them to jobs, market information networks, and business coaching; 3) empowering them and their cooperatives to access and manage financial resources; and 4) engaging them and their youth groups in order to interact more effectively with local governance and community structures in order to support their own development needs.

The Bridge Youth Activity COP will be responsible for the overall management, technical direction, and operations of the project, and will report directly to the designated USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR). She/he will take a leadership role in coordination among USAID, government officials, key stakeholders, and implementing partners, and will supervise project implementation, ensuring that reporting requirements and slated project goals are met. The COP role requires political savvy, as she/he will interact with numerous government institutions and senior-level national and sub-national government officials.

The COP position will be based in Niamey, Niger. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful agreement award and USAID approval.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall technical direction of the project and management of implementation activities, providing leadership to the project team to ensure high quality programming to achieve project results
  • Represent LWR to the donor and serve as the project’s primary liaison with USAID, implementing partners, the host government, other key project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public and private sectors
  • Ensure effective relationships with youth groups and cooperatives, education institutions, and demand-side private sector entities and industry leaders, ensuring strong cooperation and collaboration
  • Oversee project planning (i.e., development of work plans and budgets); financial administration (including operating budgets and human resources); and reporting (i.e., review and approval of periodic budgets and reports)
  • Ensure high-quality, results-oriented technical programming through hands-on guidance and support that are grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and approved annual workplans, while adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements
  • Lead development of performance monitoring plans, and oversee monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring that robust data gathering, processing, analysis, and reporting are adequate to achieving progress toward project goals and objectives
  • Ensure that all project reporting requirements, including quarterly and annual program reports and other deliverables, are met to the highest standards
  • Ensure compliance with USAID and LWR HQ requirements, policies, and regulations
  • Review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports, ensuring they are completed and submitted in a timely manner; manage project budget to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and LWR/Corus resources
  • Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner
  • As relevant, manage all local grantmaking mechanisms, ensuring compliance with donor regulations and LWR policies; coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs
  • Provide or ensure the provision of training and mentoring to partners to strengthen their capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations
  • Recruit and directly supervise local and international project staff in line with LWR human resources policies; oversee the management and development of project office staff to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce; develop and oversee an effective leadership team and organizational culture
  • Ensure close coordination with other relevant in-country initiatives


  • Master’s degree (or international equivalent), or higher, in international development, social work or social services, public administration, business administration, or other relevant field
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience managing large, complex donor-funded international development programs of similar scope and size to the Bridge Youth Activity (prior experience as Chief of Party preferred)
  • Experience in program management and administration, financial management, compliance, sub-award management, and project cost and performance monitoring and tracking
  • At least seven years of demonstrated experience (including five years of project management and oversight experience) in positive youth engagement, youth empowerment and economic development, livelihoods, small and micro enterprise development, microfinance and access to finance, and/or other areas relevant to youth development
  • Strong working knowledge of donor priorities and demonstrated experience managing donor regulations (especially USAID policies and regulations)
  • Experience overseeing the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management strategies specific to youth development programs
  • Demonstrated representational skills in fostering relationships with partner governments, donors, and national and international NGOs and partners
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical, managerial, and/or operational problems in a timely and successful manner
  • Experience working in francophone West Africa, ideally in Niger and/or Burkina Faso
  • Experience working on and managing projects in fragile states or other areas of political, social, or economic instability
  • Strong management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills adequate to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of project implementation
  • Professional level fluency in French and English, both oral and written

About the Organization

Corus International heads a family of faith-based organizations committed to ending poverty and building healthy communities in the world’s most challenging places. Longtime partner INGOs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. We draw on the over 75 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations –LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, we take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.

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