Deputy Chief of Party

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Apply by 25 November 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 31 August 2018

Job Description

CARE seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project to improve resilience of pastoralist areas in Ethiopia through market expansion. This procurement is expected to be a five-year cooperative agreement.

International relocation and allowances may be available for this position.

The DCOP will work closely with the Chief of Party to guarantee quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout project duration. S/he will provide strategic oversight and technical guidance to, and resolve challenges in implementation of, cross-sectoral activities reflective of the program’s theory of change, logical framework, monitoring and evaluation, and relevant work plans.

In addition to promoting quality, the DCOP will encourage efficiency in program delivery. This involves continually monitoring program tasks and activities against goals; minimizing duplication of personnel activities; and defining and using standard operating procedures.

The DCOP will be responsible for ensuring the establishment of strong positive partnerships and working relationships with relevant Federal and Regional Government offices. The aim of these partnerships is to establish joint planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation and learning operations and systems.

The DCOP is also expected to promote learning and innovation. This includes adapting tools and systems; promoting data-driven, evidence-based actions; expanding successful activities’ breadth and depth; building capacity to work in new ways; and communicating best practices to relevant parties.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee the coordinated planning (of activities and resources) and implementation of the program and program operations in line with state-of-the art strategies, technical standards, and applicable USAID rules and regulations.
  • In collaboration with the Chief of Party, ensure the adequacy of planning, monitoring and reporting and competence for the effective scale up of program interventions to meet established programmatic and financial targets and timeframes.
  • Develop and implement systems that address food insecurity and other pertinent sectoral issues. Resolve/facilitate the resolution of technical issues.
  • Provide strategic oversight of program tasks and activities, including participating in budget discussions.
  • Conduct monitoring visits to observe field activities.
  • Serve on the program’s Senior Management Team.
  • Promote quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout program duration.
  • Mentor and supervise direct report/s.

Required skills:

  • Advanced degree in International Development, Agriculture/Agronomy, Nutrition, Water-and-Sanitation Engineering, Economics, or related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of recent and progressively-challenging experience working in two or more of the following areas: Food Security, Market Development, Resilience, Natural Resource Management, Gender and Social Transformation.
  • Working knowledge of programming in chronically vulnerable environments, with an emphasis or experience working in pastoralist livelihood environments.
  • Prior experience working on or managing USAID funded-programs is required.
  • Proven leadership skills. Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
  • Previous experience in Ethiopia is preferred but not required.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

About the Organization

At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.


This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached 80 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.

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