Deputy Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 June 2018

Job Description

The Opportunity

Plan International seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for USAID’s anticipated Workforce Development for Bangladeshi Youth Activity in Bangladesh, a cooperative agreement with an expected budget of approximately $10-$25 million over five years. If awarded, it is anticipated that the program will start in January 2019.

The goal of the Workforce Development activity is for youth beneficiaries to acquire new or better employment that aligns with Standard Foreign Assistance Indicator EG 6-1. The activity will support youth’s skill development, forge linkages with the private sector to facilitate job placement, create an enabling environment for women to engage in employment, and provide continuous support to youth in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence. The workforce development activity will fill the gap in programming by targeting youth ages 15-29, with at least a fifth grade education who are out of school or ineligible to enrol in the public Technical Vocational and Education Training system

The DCOP will support the Chief of Party in the management of the project. S/he will be in charge of providing technical and managerial leadership including technical oversight, financial management and administration and grants management. S/he oversees coordination of field operations, provide support in the management of sub-grantees, and ensure that activities meeting USAID and Plan standards. The position is contingent upon award of the project and approval by USAID.


  • Provides day-to-day leadership and high quality delivery of the project: field operations, administration, logistics and procurement.
  • Manages, in coordination with the COP, relationships and work with implementing partner organizations
  • Manages donor relationships and serves, along with the COP, as the primary project representative.
  • Oversees the development of project reports, annual work plans, and other documents as required by USAID and the Government of Bangladesh.
  • Facilitates knowledge management, communications, and information flow for the project.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of project budgets and expenditure, and assists the Finance and Operations Director to set up and implement appropriate systems for project financials.
  • Serves as Acting Chief of Party when the Chief of Party is unavailable.
  • Ensures compliance in reporting to USAID, Plan International, Plan US National Office (USNO) and Government of Bangladesh counterparts.

The Person

In order to succeed in the challenging and varied role, you will have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Possess a university degree in economics, international development or a related field; a Masters or PhD preferred
  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience developing, implementing and/or evaluating rural economic or workforce development activities in Bangladesh
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in a leadership/management role on donor-funded programs in Bangladesh; experience on USAID programs preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID project management, including USAID rules, regulations, and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gender and proficiency in managing development projects that mainstream gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor-approved monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders, such as local NGOs, government officials, donor representatives, and local and international staff.
  • Ability to respond to requests on short notice and simultaneously plan and execute several activities.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills, with the ability to build and motivate diverse teams.
  • Excellent command of English, with strong verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of Bengali advantageous
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Type of Role: fixed term contract

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Salary: Competitive salary available

Reports to: Chief of Party

Closing Date: July 22, 2018

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

About the Organization

Plan International is a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities and range from clean water and healthcare programs to education projects, economic empowerment, child protection initiatives and youth civic engagement. Across program areas, Plan’s activities are guided by a Child-Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach, which is rights-based, holistic, gender-sensitive, and inclusive.

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