Chief of Party/Program Manager -Liberia

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 April 2019

Job Description


Based in Monrovia , the Liberia LRP Program Manager/COP provides overall financial, administrative and operational management leadership to the non-emergency USDA Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement program. This person will serve as the management leader and coordinator of a team of financial, operational, administrative and program specialists. The Chief of Party/ Program Manager will also serve as the primary field liaison with local government representatives, partner agencies and local institutions and communities. They will have a critical role coordinating with other USAID-funded programs in the field including other resilience, education and food security programming, with a particular focus on learning opportunities and knowledge management.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Operations Management

  • Ensure the implementation and monitoring of Local Regional Food Procurement Program in accordance with the rules of Save the Children International (SCI) and USDA.
  • Coordinate directly with current existing SC school feeding program in Liberia.
  • Supervises the Field Office Manager (FOM) and his team to maximize quality of program support services (human resources, logistics, procurement, finance, inventory management, etc.) in accordance with the rules and SCI and USDA.
  • Coordinate the effective planning of business processes (procurement, the personnel performance evaluation, budget projections, sub-recipient monitoring, etc.) under the rules of USDA.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor the effective implementation of the program and the efficient use of systems/resources in accordance with the rules of USDA.
  • Maintain good relationships with key partners to ensure the effective implementation of the activities and compliance.
  • Work with partners to coordinate field activities related to value chain of products such as cassava.
  • Manage the procurement requirements around the commodities that would be supplied to schools
  • Work with partners to coordinate activities aimed to improve technologies and farming systems for cassava, palm oil, sesame and horticulture production that can be adopted in Liberia.

Budget Management

  • Supervise the FOM and the Financial Officer to ensure sound budget tracking and management consistent with the rules of SCI and USDA.
  • In coordination with FOM and the Financial Officer, engage the technical Activity Coordinators in the quarterly monitoring of budget burn rate in accordance with the planning of activities (work schedule).
  • Proactively address weaknesses that may affect implementation of systems and quality of deliverables (due date respected)
  • Responsible for the overall financial pipeline monitoring including to make sure the availability of funds from year to year and that rollover funds are correctly estimated.
  • Ensure that Liberia LRP budget conforms to the SCI/Liberia Country Office cost allocation policy and in charge of enforcing the timekeeping policy in keeping with SCI and USDA rules and regulations.

Program Quality

  • Supervise the Activity Coordinators and the Commodity Manager and, ensure that all project activities are implemented and comply with the approved work plans, strategies, updates, and technical norms and standards in accordance with the regulations of USDA and Save the Children.
  • Contribute to the development of and ensure the timely submission of SCI and USDA deliverables.
  • With the SC Liberia Country Manager, promote coordination mechanisms with other program initiatives of SCI in Liberia (MEAL, accountability) and encourage best practices to achieve high quality program implementation.
  • Share program best practices with other in-country Save the Children projects.
  • With the support of SC Liberia Country Manager, develop for better coordination mechanisms with other initiatives funded by USDA and USAID / FFP.
  • With the support of SC Liberia Country Manager, guide and support mechanisms of sustainability and exit strategy and lead the development of all relevant documentation (capitalization, best practices, scaling-up.

Team management

  • Provide coaching and professional development to project staff and keep them engaged and accountable for their job responsibilities.
  • Ensure that local job descriptions are clear and up-to-date for all positions under your supervision and conduct annual evaluations of performance. Identify team capacity building needs.
  • Deal with personnel performance issues proactively by providing regular feedback and provide constructive coaching.
  • Develop a culture of teamwork, and develop effective communication mechanisms. Ensure joint planning and sharing of experiences between the technical and geographical teams.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture/agribusiness, international development, and all-related fields around school-feeding, food and nutrition security, health, community development or equivalent relevant experience required. Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ work experience managing community-based projects in developing countries including staff supervision.
  • Thorough knowledge of USG rules and regulations (procurement, financial, contracts and grants, program).
  • Minimum five years experiences in managing USG programs.
  • Ability to articulate ideas clearly, communicate effectively, and have a strong writing ability in English.
  • Analytic skills: trends and institutional analysis, critical analysis of approaches and strategies.
  • Cross cultural and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of Save the Children’s vision and mission and a commitment to its objectives and values.

What’s In It for You

  • Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge service
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Commuter Benefit Program
  • Vacation and Sick leave
  • Paid holidays

What makes us special!

  • Generous Retirement Savings with matching company contributions of up to 8%
  • Family Leave – 10 additional days of paid time off for you to use to care for your family members
  • Additional Maternity and Paternity Leave – 30 days where parents can take additional paid leave (beyond short-term disability and FMLA) at the birth or adoption of a child during that critical first year!
  • Critical Child Illness Leave – We hope you never have to use it, but we will provide an additional 30 days of paid leave per year should your dependent child be faced with a critical illness.
  • Pet Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Identity Protection, Home, Auto and additional Life insurances
  • Summer Fun Fridays – During the summer months, early release at 1:30 pm every other Friday!
  • Volunteer Day – One paid day a year to support the causes that matter to you!
  • Ergonomic Options – Every employee at our HQ offices has the option of a sitting/standing desk
  • Leadership and Employee Development Training, including:
    • Our remarkable in-house CORE, Senior Management Development, and Leadership Development Programs
    • Language learning opportunities
    • Continuous Improvement skill development programs
    • Brown Bag information sharing sessions

About the Organization

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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