Chief of Party, South East Asia

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 January 2019
  • South Asia
  • Closing on 6 April 2019
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for the overall coordination and management of a large-scale community-driven development project in Southeast Asia that is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented with a consortium of international and local partners.

The COP is responsible for meeting the project’s technical objectives, managing financial resources, managing program staff, managing partnering agreements, maintaining good working relationships with host government, other officials and local partners, managing donor reporting and ensuring a high-quality delivery of services.

The COP will report to the Pact Country Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements
  • Work with project leadership to mainstream conflict sensitivity into all aspects of the project given the geopolitical situation under which the project is being implemented
  • Participate in the technical and programmatic design of sub-awards and partner programs;
  • Manage all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual workplans; guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results, and review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports
  • Ensure the cost-effective use of project resources
  • Ensure compliance with HQ and USAID requirements, policies and regulations.
  • Provide leadership for training and mentoring to partners to strengthen capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations
  • Recruit and directly supervise project staff in line with Pact HR policies; Oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced

Basic Requirements

  • BA and between 10 to 15 years of relevant experience (or equivalent)
  • Previous comparable experience working in a mixed conflict/ post-conflict environment
  • Broad understanding and recognition of the political economy of a target area beyond the traditional “Peace Dividend” theory of change.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in one of the South Eastern countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines)
  • Advanced degree in related field
  • Experience managing large donor-funded programs with demonstrated capacity to create and/or maintain complex systems and procedures involving multiple implementation sites, multiple partners and diverse beneficiaries
  • Ability to provide the financial management and oversight necessary to successfully
    execute a large-scale program
  • Prior experience as CoP or DCoP in USAID funded projects in the region
  • Diplomacy and negotiation skills that demonstrate ability to collaborate and coordinate with a range of stakeholders and complex priorities.
  • Fluent in English and strong writing and presentation skills.


  • Ability to sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with colleagues and contacts in donor and peer organizations
  • Deep understanding of Pact’s strategy and how efforts contribute to the greater good
  • Consistently works in accordance with internal process and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills
  • Proactive engagement in corporate initiatives

Project Management

  • Strong planning and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex ideas to diverse audiences
  • Ability to problem-solve difficult issues
  • Ability to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities
  • Strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • Proficiency in developing and managing complex budgets

Technical Skills

  • Strong experience in one of Pact’s technical areas or a support function
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of USAID and USG policies and regulations
  • High competence using common desktop applications and internal systems

People Management

  • Demonstrated proficiency in supervising staff, including providing honest feedback
  • Ability to mentor and develop others
  • Strong commitment to building capacity of local national staff into management positions
  • Proven experience and commitment to gender and inclusion in the development of a project team

The position is contingent to funding, subject to USAID’s approval and envision to start mid-2019.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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