Chief of Party – USAID/Philippines Cities for Enhanced Engagement and Governance (CHANGE)

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 May 2020

Job Description

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is seeking a Chief of Party to successfully and effectively lead the implementation of the anticipated USAID/Philippines-funded program titled: Cities for Enhanced Engagement and Governance (CHANGE).

CHANGE will pursue three expected results, namely:

  • Objective 1: Strengthening the enabling environment for decentralization;

  • Objective 2: Enhancing service delivery capacity, legitimacy, transparency and accountability of participating local governments; and

  • Objective 3: Empowering citizens by increasing their participation in and oversight of local governance processes.

USAID/Philippines’ CHANGE activity will utilize a flexible and adaptive two-phased implementing mechanism that will support the priority thrust of the Government of the Philippines to support people-centered, clean and efficient governance. ICMA is well-positioned to achieve CHANGE’s goal of providing more transparent, accountable and responsive local governance, thanks to over 100 years of organizational experience strengthening local governments worldwide through over 500 programs in over 70 countries.

Successful Chief of Party applicants will be dynamic, results-oriented team players, with outstanding execution skills and the proven ability to work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment. They will also be proactive and innovative thinkers, with the proven ability to execute new initiatives, particularly in developing countries.

Key job functions include:

  • Lead all field aspects of technical assistance delivery, including activity design, execution, post-activity follow-up and reporting to funders;
  • Manage completion of all activities and deliverables in line with approved work plan;
  • Oversee operations of local office(s);
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with key local counterparts, USAID and other relevant technical assistance providers;
  • Liaise closely with ICMA staff to ensure effective program implementation and management; and
  • Contribute actively to improving ICMA’s efficacy and impact.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field (public administration, public policy, governance and development);
  • 8 to 10 years of experience managing international development programs, particularly USAID-funded programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing programs focused on local governance and/or improvement in the delivery of public services, particularly in the Philippines or the region;
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English; fluency in Filipino is a plus.
  • Ability to lead and form constructive partnerships with and among local counterparts.
  • Philippine nationals are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which develops tools and resources that advance professional local governance in order to create sustainable communities that improve lives worldwide. Since 1914, ICMA has implemented over 500 programs in more than 70 countries, delivering hands-on assistance by tapping into the knowledge and skillset of more than 13,000 members, who provide long-term learning, mentorship, and partnership opportunities for their counterparts in local government. ICMA performs a wide range of mission-driven grant and contract-funded work both in the U.S. and internationally, thanks to the support of federal government agencies, international foundations, and corporations.

For more information regarding ICMA’s programs and services, please visit

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