Deputy Chief of Party

  • Posted on 11 July 2018

Job Description

Position Summary

Creative Associates International seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated civic engagement and peace project, funded by USAID, to promote stability, local solutions, and citizen participation to mitigate conflict and empower civil society in South Sudan. The DCOP is to be based in Juba, South Sudan and will have overall programmatic, and monitoring and evaluation responsibility for the project.


This position reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The Deputy Chief of Party is responsible for programmatic aspects of the program. S/he or his or her designee will supervise the activity development staff and other staff involved in activity development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting;
  • Ensure appropriate implementation of program strategy;
  • Ensure that procedures are established and complied with for activity development, activity worthiness, activity implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and closing;
  • Work with the COP, and local staff to improve implementation processes throughout the program;
  • Serve as the COP primary point of contact for current information about the status of activity design and implementation;
  • Identify program opportunities and potential local partners;
  • Act as the Chief of Party when s/he is absent from the program; and
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • At least seven (7) years of experience implementing democracy and governance programming, with significant experience in political processes, civic engagement/civil society, governance, or institutional development, in a development country context, of which two (2) years must be experience in a management role;
  • Experience in fragile or post-conflict states, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop solid working relationships with senior government officials, local governments, non-governmental institutions, and coordination with other donors. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required. Demonstrated record of success in politically sensitive environments;
  • University degree in a relevant field;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Capacity to understand and analyze national, regional, and local politics; to guide the program staff in creatively designing grants that relate to the current political and conflict environment;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting); and procurement;
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation;
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work and multi-task under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with culturally and geographically diverse staff;
  • Experience working with partnership organizations, especially civil society organizations and/or government agencies;
  • Experience in producing civic/voter education materials;
  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field.

Local and regional candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

This is an unaccompanied post.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

About the Organization

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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