Chief of Party - USAID/Honduras MEL and CLA Activity Proposal

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 September 2020

Job Description

QED Group is seeking a Chief of Party candidate for the upcoming USAID-funded Honduras Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) & Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Activity. This anticipated project will assist USAID/Honduras with project and activity evaluation, performance monitoring, knowledge management, communications, and performance management support services in alignment with the USAID Automated Direct System (ADS) 201, USAID’s Evaluation Policy, and the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR). This activity will inform monitoring, evaluation, and learning throughout all stages of the Program Cycle, supporting USAID’s focus on adaptive management to increase developmental effectiveness, and emphasizing CLA approaches to ensure that programs are coordinated with others, grounded in a strong evidence base, and iteratively adapted to remain relevant throughout implementation. We are seeking a qualified Chief of Party (COP) to lead this anticipated activity to be full time and based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the duration of the Activity. S/he will be responsible for overall activity management, quality and timeliness of deliverables, external representation, and coordination with the Client. The COP will provide a strategic vision for managing the program and will oversee activity tasks to ensure quality work and compliance with contractual obligations and results. The COP is responsible for the quality and performance of work that is performed by staff and sub-contracted to partners. This position is contingent on QED being awarded this project.
  • Responsibilities
    • The Chief of Party (COP) will lead and manage QED’s efforts in the field to achieve the program results. They will provide vision and overall leadership to activity operations; drive the achievement of program results by ensuring the provision of timely, relevant, high quality services; facilitate the intended mutually supportive relationship between QED and the client; serve as the primary point of contact with the client on day-to-day program implementation and management issues; supervise the work of all staff and partners assigned to tasks under the program; ensure timely, accurate and user-friendly reporting on the progress and status of all services provided under the program; and ensure compliance and integrity of operations.
  • Program Management of Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring Activities
    • Define, gain consensus, and redefine the vision guiding implementation; identify and pursue targets of opportunity
    • Develop, implement, and revise as needed a work plan with team members,
    • Direct and monitor execution of activities within the work plan, ensuring that there is consensus on project objectives; that activities are performed to a high professional standard; and objectives are met
    • Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments If appropriate in project objectives and/or contract scope of work
    • Schedule regular meetings with the project team as a vehicle for guiding the project
    • Allocate/reallocate contract resources, and ensure sound financial management including programmatic, budgeting, spending, projections, and monitoring of payments, manage project budget, and ensure financial health for the project
    • Determine causes and effects of deviations from work plan
    • Anticipate potential future problems in time to ensure that preventive measures can be taken
    • Reassess objectives, strategy, and/or plans
  • Personnel Management
    • Motivate staff to perform effectively toward project objectives, through communication, team building incentives, and responsiveness
    • Create a positive working environment for all staff and ensure growth and professional development opportunities
    • Define personnel needs and scopes of work
    • Make final selections of personnel to be proposed to client
    • Manage and evaluate work done by team members
    • Conduct annual performance reviews and recommend/internally negotiate salary adjustments
    • Determine whether/when/how to make early termination of field employees
    • Ensure adequate and timely provision of contract-allowed benefits and allowances
    • Deal with personnel issues and concerns of team members, ensuring their welfare and safety along with the Home Office HR team
  • Communications and Information Management
    • Maintain two-way communication throughout the project with Client, team, home office, subcontractors and other relevant project organizations
    • Communicate with interested individuals, organizations, stakeholders as needed
    • Make formal and informal presentations on request by Client or as needed for other parties
    • Prepare periodic reports to Client on progress towards project objectives
    • Represent Company interests
    • Promote the project among Ministry/client department heads, professional groups, and other relevant people
    • Establish criteria, guidelines, and formats for project plans and reports
  • Contract Management
    • Execute contract in compliance with contract provisions
    • Manage contract and project finances (budget and funds)
    • Recommend changes in contract and budget
    • Develop input for and guide response to audit questions and client feedback
    • Manage commodity procurement, inventory and general logistics
    • Ensure high quality in fulfilling contract
    • Represent QED by protecting its contractual interests
    • Oversee the performance of partners/sub-awardees
  • Technical
    • Carry out technical duties
    • Participate in effective information sharing and knowledge management
  • Other Duties and Responsibilities as Related to Assignment and Position
    • Develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members
    • Support identification of growth opportunities in the region for QED and participate in business development as needed
    • Other duties as requested by QED Management and/or Project Director

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in international relations or affairs, public administration or related field
  • At least fifteen years of progressively increasing responsibility in managing large-scale and complex comprehensive contracts or awards
  • At least five to ten years of experience serving as a Chief of Party, Country Director, or Team Leader for projects involving MEL, CLA, and capacity building
  • Experience providing strategic design, program planning, and program management services
  • At least three years’ experience living and working in developing country environments, preferably in Honduras
  • Knowledge of and experience with US Government (USG)-funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures
  • Proven ability to understand client needs, ensure client satisfaction, and deliver timely and appropriate solutions
  • Excellent communication, management, and interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Native language fluency in Spanish; fluency in English
  • Prior proven experience managing programs and partners with large grants and/or subcontracting mechanisms preferred
  • Technical expertise in engaging the private sector and university resources in supporting local civil society development

About the Organization

QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in close to 100 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.

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