Chief of Party Uganda

The Urban Institute
Apply by 12 March 2012
Posted on 26 March 2012

Job Description


The Urban Institute seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) candidate to lead USAID’s 5 year Government, Accountability, Participation and Performance Program (GAPP) program in Uganda. The primary goal of GAPP will be to increase participation, accountability and local governance for effective service delivery. To achieve this goal, GAPP will focus on three key components: strengthening national level government accountability institutions; improving local government revenue, procurement, financial, and planning systems; and building the capacity of CSOs and other non-state actors to participate in local governance.


The Chief of Party will be responsible for managing the overall program, providing strategic leadership, maintaining close contact with USAID, implementing project objectives collaboratively through the development and implementation of work plans, and providing oversight and quality control for project activities and deliverables. The Chief of Party will also be responsible for overall administrative management of the project, including compliance with local law, USAID requirements, and UI policies; human resources management and financial management. The Chief of Party will manage all reporting and M&E requirements of the program, including developing the M&E strategy and reporting system, monitor technical component results against performance indicators, and coordinating closely with USAID and country partners.


Experience requirements:

  • At least ten years of experience planning and managing similar highly complex democracy and governance programs in a developing country context similar to that of Uganda. Eastern Africa experience preferred.
  • Experience working with local governments, national governments, and civil society organizations in at least three of the following technical areas—decentralization, accountability, local participation, local service delivery, local revenue enhancement, civil society, and performance management.
  • Experience in facilitating capacity building for multiple stakeholders.
  • Leadership, oversight, and management of project technical assistance, including development and implementation of work plans; conduct or oversight of analytic outputs (evaluation or research activities); organizing and supervising the work of project personnel; and overseeing and managing the production of deliverables conforming to donor requirements and deadlines.

Specific skills need for the job:

  • Team player with the ability to motivate and guide diverse expatriate senior technical as well as local staff, in achieving program objectives.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with USAID and host country counterparts.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience in communicating complex processes to diverse stakeholders.

Language requirements: Fluency in English required; knowledge of local languages desirable.

Education requirement: Graduate degree in public administration, law, social sciences, international development, or a related field.

Position may be based in Kampala or Gulu, with extensive in-country travel expected. Position is contingent upon project award.

Only those major job duties necessary for proper job evaluation and/or labor market analysis have been included. Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/H. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply


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