Deputy Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 June 2020
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Job Description

Category: Manager
Req ID: DEPUT02103
Posted Date: 2020-06-17
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC 20015, United States USA



Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and 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.

Project Summary:

The purpose of USAID’s Africa Trade and Investment Program is to mobilize enterprise-driven solutions that will help bolster Africa’s growing markets while expanding U.S.-Africa trade and investment relationships. The program will advance the U.S. Government (USG) initiative Prosper Africa and its goals to boost trade, increase investment, and support business-friendly policy reforms. The activity will support trade and investment that drives development outcomes in all sectors through increasing trade and investment opportunities and improving the enabling environment. The program will complement the USG’s trade and investment tools through customized services - from business consulting and transaction facilitation to targeted policy interventions. Through a continent-wide approach and with satellite offices supporting North and sub-Saharan Africa, the program will provide well-coordinated services aligned with private sector needs.

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded trade and investment program in Africa. The DCOP is responsible for the seamless management of all operational aspects of project implementation including communications, finances, office administration, human resources, security, procurement, local subcontractors, and grants in compliance with Creative and USG policies and procedures. In the absence of the COP, the DCOP will serve as the COP.

Reporting and Supervision:

The Deputy Chief of Party will report directly to the COP and support him/her in the management of program operations, communications, and provide technical leadership and oversight, as needed. S/he will directly supervise the grants team, procurement team, the office manager, the IT department, travel/logistics staff, and the Human Resources and administration team. S/he will additionally serve as primary liaison for international vendors.

Expected Outcomes:
  • Seamless management of all operational aspects of project implementation including finances, office administration, communications, human resources, security, procurement, local subcontractors, and grants (if required) in compliance with Creative and USG policies and procedures.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Ensure streamlined operations systems in line with Creative and donor rules and regulations;
  • Provide administrative and logistical oversight to the portfolio of programs;
  • Ensure an in-depth awareness of operational issues in the context of target countries and regions (South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and North Africa);
  • Streamline and maintain procurement processes to meet grant deliverables and milestones;
  • Serve as the primary liaison for communications to various U.S. government agencies, subcontractors and other partners;
  • Serves as primary liaison for Creative HQ on international subcontractor issues;
  • Manages and oversees staff responsible for arranging travel and logistics for staff and project equipment and inventory;
  • Provides timely and accurate reports on location of staff and assets and maintains proper hard and soft copy files for each. Reports may be requested by HQ or donor;
  • Responsible for program compliance with Task Order, USG rules and regulations, and Creative policies and procedures;
  • Supports COP in all operations tasks and duties;
  • Manages, trains, and mentors key team members in the areas of administration, logistics, human resources, procurement, budgeting and finance; and
  • Respond to requests from donor and supervisors as needed.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • Masters’ degree in business, economics, accounting, finance or other relevant field (or, alternately, a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and five additional years of relevant experience);
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience, including experience with a Contractor or international Non-Governmental Organization managing an office or program;
  • Prior relevant experience with USAID or USG-funded projects is required;
  • At least five (5) years of experience in senior operations and/or finance role on large scale projects ($25 million in value or more), including a significant grants component;
  • Experience managing projects and/or an office with culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures;
  • Prior experience in any of the target countries and regions with knowledge of Pan-African trade is highly preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written English required.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


About the Organization

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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