Deputy Chief of Party

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

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Chief of Party for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Liberia entitled, “Transforming the Education System for Teachers and Students” (TESTS).  This position will be based in Liberia and is contingent upon award. 

Project description 

This anticipated five-year comprehensive teacher training program in Liberia aims to improve early childhood education and primary education teachers’ quality and instructional delivery. TESTS will build capacity and strengthen teacher training institutions in the areas of primary and early childhood education, improve the quality of critical teaching skills and improve the enabling environment for teacher practice. 

Job Description 

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) must complement the strengths and responsibilities of the Chief of Party. The DCoP is responsible, under the supervision and in close coordination with the CoP, for day-to-day project management, including management of the project’s operations and administration, staff, activities and sub-awards and oversight of monitoring, evaluation and reporting. S/he will manage departmental or cross-functional teams focused on project implementation and plan and direct schedules. The DCoP is responsible for monitoring the project from initiation through delivery and ensuring completion of the project on schedule and within budget constraints.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Daily oversight of project activities; 

  • Providing supportive guidance and supervision to technical and program staff and managers who are charged to implement activities within the assigned area of expertise; 

  • Leadership on financial and contractual aspects of the project; 

  • Collaborates with in-country technical advisors and headquarter-based technical staff to  ensure the project is implemented according to organization and industry best practices,  program framework, and regulations; 

  • Provides support to the overall leadership and management of the project, ensuring strategic  program direction, managed growth, and compliance with organizational policies and  procedures and donor regulations. 

  • Providing oversight for project monitoring and evaluation activities in collaboration with the relevant team lead; 

  • Contributes to timely and accurate donor reporting  

  • Supervising the recruitment, hiring, and management of all local staff and consultants; and 

  • Supporting performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching, and career support. 

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-8+  years of progressively responsible experience managing international  development projects - preferably in the field of education reform ;

  • Degree should be in Education or other relevant field from a nationally or internationally recognized university; 

  • Proven leadership in the administration of similar-sized international donor technical assistance projects;  

  • Budgeting, financial management, and policies and procedures oversight experience, especially related to USAID programming; 

  • Effective strategic planning, program evaluation, and project management skills; 

  • Strong consultative and negotiation skills; 

  • Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, government officials, and donor representatives; 

  • Ability to analyze and establish effective and supportive cross-program coordination, organizational procedures, and management systems; 

  • Preferred experience in the education sector in Liberia or the region; 

  • Must have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines; 

  • Fluent in English.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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