Deputy Chief of Party

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 November 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 for a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an upcoming project based in Nepal. The DCOP will provide support to the Chief of Party in leading the implementation team and ensuring effective execution of the day-to-day activities of the USAID Civil Society and Media Activity. Supporting the Chief of Party, the DCOP will help oversee the implementation of innovative and adaptive technical strategies aimed at empowering civil society and media partners to foster democratic reforms, good governance, and responsive and constituency-centered services. The DCOP will coordinate with the project donor and ensure compliance with all donor requirements, including those related to project reporting, timely submission of deliverables, and financial burn rates. The DCOP will supervise, manage, coach and mentor technical staff members, improving their capacity to succeed in their positions. The DCOP will report to the Chief of Party and will work in close collaboration with project partner organizations. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as advisor to the Chief of Party.
  • Oversee day-to-day execution of the project, including ongoing capacity development, policy advocacy, and other civil society and media strengthening activities.
  • Coordinate development, implementation, and reporting on all work plans.
  • Lead or support the ongoing analysis of the operating environment to provide a basis for responsive, responsive, and needs-driven programming.
  • Work with Chief of Party and other team members to ensure that all project deliverables are met in a high quality and timely fashion, using adaptive management approaches.
  • Ensure compliance with all donor, Pact, and project-specific policies.
  • Assist in supervising and coordinating the sub-grant management process, including advice on assessing the programmatic potential of proposed grants, and establishing appropriate procedures for project funds.
  • In collaboration with the Chief of Party, represent the project with the donor, the Nepali government, and national policy actors and maintain positive relations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, social sciences, public policy, public administration, journalism, or related field with a minimum of eleven (11) years work experience
  • Minimum of five (5) years in leadership roles implementing development, human rights, or similar projects at Nepali or international NGOs
  • Strong knowledge and demonstrated ability to analyze Nepali civil society, media, and political processes
  • Extensive experience working with Nepali CSOs, including grassroots level organizations, with a focus on provision of technical advice and/or capacity building
  • Proven leadership in the design, management, implementation and monitoring & evaluation of large and complex international donor-funded programs. Leadership roles in implementing USAID-funded projects strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of leadership and initiative in establishing goals, priorities and work plans.
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision to diverse stakeholders and lead multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to promote a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office and with stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of success in managing, coaching, and mentoring staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with donors, and international and local organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience with gender and social inclusion (GESI) mainstreaming approaches strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures preferred.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written.
  • Fluency in English and Nepali required.

Preferred Qualifiations

  • Advanced degree preferred in political science, international relations, social sciences, public policy, public administration, journalism, or related field
  • Nepali nationals encouraged to apply

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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