CHIEF OF PARTY, USAID Pacific-American Partnership Fund

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 July 2020

Job Description

The Asia Foundation, informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, addresses critical development issues in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s and the Pacific’s continued development as peaceful, just, and thriving regions of the world.

The Asia Foundation (TAF) seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s anticipated Pacific-American Partnership Fund (PACAP). The program is a grant-making facility that will provide and monitor grants, on behalf of USAID/Pacific Islands, that support the goal of self-reliant Pacific Island partners. PACAP will seek to improve the quality of life of Pacific Islanders by reducing long-term vulnerabilities associated with climate change and disasters, achieving sustainable market driven economic growth, and advancing democratic governance. PACAP is expected to be a five-year project with a budget of $25-$50 million. This position is contingent upon funding.

The successful applicant will be based in a Pacific Island capital (TBD) and will be responsible for overall project management, including: providing vision, leadership, and guidance for the project team; developing and implementing work plans; overseeing operational budgets and performance monitoring plans; liaising with USAID counterparts, key government stakeholders at the national and subnational levels, and other donors and partner organizations; identifying and mitigating project risks; and ensuring achievement of project results and objectives. The COP will supervise key project staff and implementing partners and ensure compliance with the ethical standards and procedures and policies enshrined in USAID and TAF rules and regulations. The COP is expected to have strategic vision, strong leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise in local/subnational government programming and delivery, and the professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the role.

The ideal candidate will have considerable work experience and networks in the Pacific Islands at the national and subnational level and/or the Southeast Asia region. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with knowledge of or experience in political economy analysis (PEA), adaptive management and iterative approaches, and co-design processes with multiple stakeholders. Technically, the candidate should have good knowledge in one or more of the following areas: climate change and disaster risk response, economic development, public financial management, democratic governance, and civil society strengthening.


· Serve as the primary point of contact with USAID for contract, procedural, and substantive matters, and be responsible for quality control of the technical aspects of performance, procurement, personnel, reporting, and other management-related contract requirements;

· Provide technical leadership for project activities including conceptualizing, designing, implementing and monitoring innovative, cutting-edge programming activities;

· Build and manage relationships with USAID counterparts in the Pacific Islands, including meeting and consulting regularly with USAID regarding the project’s performance and direction;

· Ensure efficient management and coordination of implementing partners and local partners across the country;

· Supervise a team of professionals and experts across various technical and functional areas.


· Relevant degree in international development, public administration, public policy, or a related field of study;

· A minimum of five years of experience as a Chief of Party or Project Director on a project of similar size and scope (USAID contract experience preferred);

· Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in a senior management position in a program of similar magnitude, preferably in the areas of: disaster risk response, natural resource management, and energy; market-driven economic growth; improving local service delivery and using citizen feedback mechanisms; and improving local budget allocation and execution.

· Ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including the USG, government representatives, other donors, and private sector interests;

· Proven success and exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of similar sized USAID and other international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning, adaptive management, supervision, and budgeting, gender equality and social inclusion, and local capacity building;

· Solid understanding of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of different cultures, particularly in Pacific Island countries, strongly preferred; and

· Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


Applications should be submitted to Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV no later than July 17, 2020. Please reference “USAID Pacific-American Partnership Fund COP” in the subject line.

About the Organization

About The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2016, we provided $87.8 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $9.5 million.

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