Chief of Party, USAID/Strengthening Systems and Public Accountability Activity, Uganda

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Job Description

Proposal Summary:

The purpose of the Strengthening Systems and Public Accountability (SSPA) Activity is to improve service delivery through strengthened accountability, deepened public participation and oversight, and reduced corruption within Uganda’s public service sectors. This will be achieved by improving leadership and accountability for results, strengthening the standards, reward and sanctions systems for public officials, challenging the norms, attitudes and behaviors that fuel corruption, and support citizen engagement to demand better services. The three main objectives of the Program are: i) Increased citizen voice, coalition building, and engagement with government to reduce corruption; ii) Key systems and standards enhanced in anti-corruption and accountability institutions at the national and sub-national level to combat corruption; and iii) Strengthened accountability processes within specific service delivery sectors, in particular natural resource governance in refugee districts and wildlife crime related corruption. The project is expected to begin October 2020.

Position Summary:

The chief of party (COP) will lead and manage MSI’s efforts to achieve the project results. S/he will provide vision and overall leadership to MSI’s operations and drive the achievement of project results by ensuring the provision of timely, relevant, and high quality services.


  • Provide technical leadership, overall project management, and quality assurance oversight.
  • Supervise project personnel, short-term experts, subcontractors, and grantees to achieve project objectives and targets, and ensure timely implementation.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with development partners such as government institutions, private sector, civil society, etc.
  • Ensure timely, accurate and user-friendly reporting on the progress and status of all services provided under the contract.
  • Ensure the USAID compliance and integrity of all project operations.
  • Serve as MSI’s primary liaison with USAID on day-to-day project implementation and management issues.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, international relations, economics, business administration, law or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience working in project management in developing countries, and demonstrated management and leadership skills working with large and complex programs.
  • Substantial technical expertise in anti-corruption reforms working with governmental and non-governmental institutions.
  • Demonstrated experience in a supervisory or management capacity that includes providing technical and administrative oversight of consultants and subcontractors in a multicultural setting.
  • Knowledge of and prior experience working on USAID-funded activities strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience as Chief of Party, Country Director or its equivalent, is preferred.
  • Experience working on development programs in the East Africa region is desirable.
  • Fluency in English with excellent written and oral communications skills required, with proficiency in Swahili or Luganda preferred.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

About the Organization

Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

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