Job DescriptionResearch Triangle Institute (RTI International) has over 30 years• experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector in managing their environment and natural resources and in good governance. We deliver innovative, breakthrough solutions in key development sectors including: countering wildlife crime, forestry, protected area management, climate change, economic livelihood development, community engagement, and institutional capacity building.
RTI is seeking a Chief of Party for an anticipated Washington, DC-based USAID-funded Targeting Natural Resource Corruption Project. The project will seek to combat wildlife trafficking and other environmental crimes by reducing corruption.
The Responsibilities of the Chief of Party include:
• Effectively collaborate with, and build coalitions among, diverse stakeholders, including USAID staff, high level government officials, NGOs, civil society organizations, international and local law enforcement agencies, local government units, private sector representatives, local communities, and universities and institutions
• Collaborate and share knowledge with other countering wildlife trafficking initiatives, including those implemented by USAID and other organizations
• Build innovative partnerships and promote sustainable initiatives
• Lead the development and implementation of quality project work and MEL plans
• Oversee the project•s financial procedures, ensuring compliance with accounting principles and USAID regulations
• Diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences
• Manage any subcontracts and grants with local partners, ensuring the quality and timeliness of deliverables
• Oversee performance monitoring and evaluation to ensure all project targets are met or exceeded • making recommendations for improvement in program implementation
• Devise creative strategies for and manage cost share/leverage requirements
Education and Experience
• Master•s degree in environmental law, natural resources management/conservation or related field;
• 10+ years• experience in anticorruption, good governance, anti-trafficking, or biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on governance. Africa and/or Asia experience preferred.
• Experience representing projects at high levels of policy engagement;
• Experience and familiarity working in an international development context and in developing economies.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of and experience with methods and tools to fight corruption at different levels within the natural resource sectors;
• Knowledge of and experience in wildlife conservation, ideally in combatting wildlife trafficking; combating illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing; or combating illegal logging and associated trade;
• Knowledge of analytical tools to assess cultural behavior, incentive structures, power relations, and other factors shaping institutions;
• Knowledge of international legal frameworks that address corruption and how these are applied at national levels;
• Knowledge of civil society strengthening, ideally in the advocacy and watchdog sectors, accountability systems, and rule of law;
• Knowledge and experience with forensic accounting and other tools for tracking and monitoring illicit financial flows;
• Skills and knowledge in strategic communications, social media, knowledge management, and diverse learning approaches across sectors, regions, and institutions;
• Proficiency in English is required;
• Excellent organizational, oral, and written communication skills;
• Proven leadership abilities within multi-partner/multidisciplinary teams.
This position is contingent upon award and funding.
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