Deputy Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 June 2020
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Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact is recruiting a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an upcoming five-year, USAID-funded vulnerable children and adolescents (VCA) program – Service Delivery for Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (SDVCA). SDCVA seeks to improve the resilience and health outcomes of vulnerable households in four provinces in Zambia with the highest HIV burdens, while strengthening the Government of the Republic of Zambia’s (GRZ) social protection platform so that the GRZ eventually provides the majority of services to VCA. The program is intended to provide evidence-based services that will deliver measurable results for VCA and their caregivers in the following activities:

  1. Health: Improve children and adolescents’ access to health services with a focus on high impact HIV services
  2. Education Support: Increase school access, attendance, and progression of VCA
  3. Psychosocial Care and Support: Structured, evidence-based interventions that support VCA to build self-efficacy and enable them to navigate the social and psychological vulnerabilities of adolescence, especially those focused on sexual and reproductive health and prevention of HIV and sexual violence
  4. Household Economic Strengthening (HES): Structured, evidence-based interventions that reduce the economic vulnerability of families, strengthen their resilience, and empower them to provide for the essential needs of the household
  5. Child Protection: Prevent and respond to child abuse, neglect, and exploitation, with particular focus on the prevention of sexual violence for 9-14-year-old adolescents
  6. Capacity Building: Capacity-building and systems strengthening interventions

Reporting to the COP, the DCOP is responsible for ensuring all aspects of operational program management align with the project’s technical strategies, objectives, and expected results, to optimize program performance and outcomes. Responsibilities include systematic monitoring of program results against targets and work plans, operationalization of program standards, and employing data for decision-making and course correction. S/he will ensure effective coordination with key stakeholders, including government, CBOs, and private sector, as well as robust sub-partner management. The DCOP will ensure program effectiveness and cost-efficiency through appropriate human and financial resource management. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for strategic and operational planning and implementation of project objectives and assure high-quality deliverables, including timely preparation of the annual work plan, project, and financial reports.
  • Collaborate with headquarters and all partners to ensure programming aligns with the program’s mission, and vision and that project best practices and lessons learned are shared for dissemination.
  • Play a lead role in program implementation and management, overseeing grantmaking and capacity building with local partners; conduct capacity assessments utilizing proven tools (i.e. NUPAS/OPI); work collaboratively with local partners to develop transition plans. Forge new alliances with stakeholders at the national, provincial, district and site level, including potential private sector stakeholders
  • Assist the COP in the successful programmatic and technical implementation of the project, including the timely completion of high-quality work plans, accurate reports, and other mandated deliverables.
  • Assist the COP in monitoring project progress vis-a-vis expected objectives, utilizing tools and methods developed by Pact and USAID, and ensuring practical usage of resources and compliance with donor requirements.
  • Supervise activity development and implementation and support the efficient and accountable management and reporting of program achievements and finance
  • Supervise and mentor program teams in field locations as well as support teams and technical consultants as required
  • Support monitoring, evaluation and learning on an ongoing basis
  • Ensure that procedures are established and complied with for development, selection, design, and implementation of grants and short-term technical assistance
  • Ensure compliance with Pact policies and procedures, USAID, USG, and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelors degree and 11 or more years of experience or a Masters degree with 9 or more years of experience in a relevant field such as public health, social sciences, development studies, business, or other related field;
  • A minimum of 5 years working in a leadership/senior management role, preferably on USAID-funded projects
  • Seven years demonstrated experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to systems strengthening activities and OVC programming in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Previous experience building the capacity of local organizations and knowledge of capacity development methodologies
  • Demonstrated experience being involved with social services and/or public health project design, implementation, reporting, and evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level
  • Strong familiarity with operating USAID contracts, sub-contracts and sub-grants, and short-term technical assistance
  • Professional experience in sub-Saharan Africa is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Zambian work experience preferred. Zambian National preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the health context and structural issues in Zimba including socioeconomic, institutional and policy issues that are related to HIV prevention and delivery of social services
  • In-depth understanding of the role of civil society in development and experience in building capacity for civil society organizations and networks/coalition strengthening;

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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