• Posted on 16 December 2018
  • Niamey, Niger
  • Closing on 1 January 2019

Job Description

CARE seeks a Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded Niger Government Accountability and Policy Reform Activity which aims to enhance government accountability and responsiveness to citizen needs and usher in an improved policy framework. The approach USAID seeks will build coalitions for reform (demand side) while providing targeted assistance to national institutions willing and able to champion reform (supply side). The demand and supply-side efforts will be bridged via the creation and strengthening of mechanisms and spaces for multi-stakeholder, policy-level dialogue and reform.

The activity’s interventions will primarily be performed at the national-level with the Parliament, government ministries and institutions, private sector actors, civil society organizations, media, and other actors, most of whom are based in the capital of Niamey.

This procurement is a three-year cooperative agreement of $7 million in funding and award date in May 2019.

The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID or other international donor-funded projects.

Location: Niamey, Niger. This position is subject to project award and funding. International relocation and allowances will be available.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
  • Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
  • Build partnerships among international, national and community-level stakeholders
  • Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles
  • With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
  • Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
  • Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.

Required Skills:

  • Master’s degree in international relations, political science, public policy, social sciences or a relevant field required.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development project management (USAID program management required); previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on large civil society and local governance projects in a developing country context.
  • Experience with one or more of the following: local governance, civil society capacity building, civic engagement, government accountability, and policy reform in the Sahel region.
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Experience in recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams. Excellent leadership skills (supervision, coaching, counseling, etc.) in being able to work under pressure with a team in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience working in fragile, conflict-prone environments.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Previous experience in Niger and its surrounding region is a strong advantage.
  • Fluency in English and French (spoken and written) is required.

About the Organization

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.

This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

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