Chief of Party - USAID Amazon Knowledge and Learning Platform

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 31 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 1 August 2018

Job Description

The Chief of Party will:

  • Be responsible for leading and managing the overall Knowledge and Learning platform and provide overall project vision, technical leadership and management with ultimate responsibility for achieving program results efficiently, timely and in compliance with USAID I USG and QED policies and procedures.
  • Serve as the main point of contact for the contract with the USAID Mission, other donors, the host government and the QED home office.
  • Work closely with USAID/Peru’s Office of Environment and Sustainable Development, national and regional stakeholders and implementing partners.
  • Lead the work planning process and overseeing its implementation by working through motivated, mentored expatriate and local staff and helping to set up project management systems for finance and admin, logistics, HR, security, etc.
  • Ensure the completion of timely reports and deliverables that meet USAID and QED’s acceptable quality control and assurance standards.
  • Ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract agreement, QED’s project and financial management systems, and USAID’s rules and regulations.


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in an appropriate inter-disciplinary area such as applied Social Sciences, Organizational Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Management and Evaluation;
  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience, preferably a significant amount in international settings in planning, coordinating and driving complicated, dynamic and demanding organizational change and capacity development efforts;
  • Considerable experience in leading and managing high-performing cross functional teams working in complex and dynamic environments;
  • Technical experience in conservation, biodiversity, knowledge management and learning, adaptive management, and/or online community engagement;
  • Significant expertise in information communication technologies and/or monitoring, evaluation and learning is desirable;
  • Experience working or living in South America, Peru, and/or the Amazon Basin;
  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking/planning, management, and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments simultaneously, proactively seek and take action on opportunities;
  • Strong multi-cultural, inter-personal and supervision skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish and English. Proficiency in Portuguese a plus.

About the Organization

The QED Group, LLC, is a full-service international consulting firm committed to solving complex global challenges through innovative solutions. QED has a 20 years history of evidence based development, which includes more than $3.5 billion in programs evaluated and work in 96 countries around the globe. We are determined to provide all our clients with best-value services so they increase their efficiency, learning capacity, and accountability to the public in an ever more complex and interconnected world.

The Director of Project Management is responsible for leading QED’s Project Management (PM) team and ensuring the successful implementation of all QED projects, including contractual, financial, and operational activities. The Director ensures that QED projects follow all applicable Company and client requirements, and continuously focuses on opportunities to improve internal operations and implement best practices. The Director of Project Management, reporting to the Executive Vice President, is a member of QED’s Management Committee and will work closely with other teams across the Company, including Finance & Accounting, Contracts & Compliance, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Communications, and Information Technology. The Director will also coordinate closely with the Technical Services team to ensure that all operational and technical elements of our programs are effectively managed. The Director will also coordinate with QED’s Business Development (BD) team to oversee the PM team’s support of BD activities.

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