CARE seeks a Deputy Chief of Party for USAID/Haiti’s anticipated USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) in Haiti. This activity is focused on the provision of sustainable improvements to food security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable communities in Haiti’s Center, Northeast, South, and Grand Anse departments.
This position is subject to project award and funding and is anticipated to be based in Port-au-Prince. International and Haitian candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Deputy Chief of Party will be a Key Personnel position and will promote cohesion across all technical areas, maximizing overall program impact and ensuring that all technical and cross-cutting components work effectively together to create multiplier effects across sectors. They will also ensure that overall technical implementation quality remains consistent and of high quality among all of the sub-awardees and implementation locations. They are accountable for assuring that technical interventions are integrated, layered, and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation. This position reports to, and will work closely with, the Chief of Party and the Resilience and Sustainability Senior Advisor and be highly experienced managing multi-sectoral teams including livelihoods, nutrition, and other sectors.
The DCOP will lead the development of high-quality and practical project implementation plans that meet the technical expectations of the project theory of change. They will lead and mentor a team of senior Project Management Unit (PMU)-based staff covering various technical fields. The DCOP will oversee implementation, identify and resolve challenges in coordination with technical and operational leads, and promote ongoing quality improvements throughout the life of the project. They will lead the development of standard operating procedures and work across the implementation teams to ensure project objectives and targets are met as per approved work plans. The DCOP will spend significant time visiting field level program operations to assess both qualitative and quantitative performance, and work actively with key personnel, technical leads and even field level staff to address these issues and share learnings internally.
Program and team management and implementation:
- Provide overall guidance and leadership, mentoring, quality control and coordination to strengthen program outcomes. Support the Chief of Party in the management of a program structure that favors integration among all sectors. Work closely with the Resilience and Sustainability Senior Advisor to assure strong technical implementation.
- Ensure that cross-cutting themes such as adaptive management, resilience and sustainability are fully included within the program strategy.
- Represent the project to the target communities and local authorities
- Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities, food security needs, and Haitian policies/priorities, and is consistent with CARE’s relevant program guidelines, principles, values and quality standards.
- Monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact.
- Oversee program implementation team, ensuring that all staff are following work plans, activities are on schedule, and project deliverables are completed as planned.
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
- In collaboration with the Strategic Learning Advisor (SLA), contribute to program visibility and advocacy work by assisting in dissemination of program research and learning information.
- In collaboration with the SLA, develop and oversee implementation of capacity building strategy for team members that promotes a culture of learning through systematic analysis and reflection of program data and lessons learned.
- Coordinate closely with the SLA and the Monitoring & Evaluation Lead to ensure coordination, collaboration and learning and feedback channels are properly synced and continuously utilized by technical staff.
- Ensure that implementation activities meet the needs of the people in the communities served and aligns with participant aspirations. Manage and lead any necessary adaptation to the technical approach of activities to address challenges articulated by participants so that community development aspirations can be met.
- Work closely with the Resilience and Sustainability Senior Advisor to implement technical guidance and improve technical approaches in implementation.
- Contribute to efficient use of project resources, adherence to USAID/BHA and CARE standards and compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
- Assist program teams to develop and implement innovative approaches to capacity building.
- Act as Chief of Party in their absence.
Networking and Partnership Management:
- In conjunction with the COP, build and manage strong working relationships with all the project’s implementing partners and technical and resource partners to ensure the implementation plan is applied consistently and with quality. Facilitate the resolution of conflicts amongst partners and foster a healthy partnership team.
- In conjunction with the COP, build and sustain strong relationships and close partnerships with key project stakeholders, including Government of Haitian officials, USAID, and others to ensure programmatic layering and sequencing and share lessons and approaches for maximizing impact.
- Represent the project and CARE at external project meetings and forums (global forums, webinar).
- Prepare and participate in the quarterly technical coordination meetings for sharing and address issues as they are identified.
- Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant field plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience.
- Demonstrated experience developing and ensuring quality control for technically rigorous, food security integration and collaboration, particularly for sub-grantees and implementation awards.
- Experience in addressing constraints and limitations and building capacity in systems supporting food security and agriculture, in particular: government systems, market systems and community based participatory governance related to resources and development processes.
- Demonstrated understanding of current food and nutrition security and resilience strategic directions and trends in Haiti is strongly preferred.
- Previous humanitarian or development programming experience in Haiti.
- Previous management experience on a USAID-funded program required. Previous management experience on a MYAP, DFAP, or USAID-funded program preferred.
- Experience with monitoring, evaluation and learning is an advantage.
- Experience with emergency food security programming is an advantage.
- Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender, youth and social inclusion issues in food security programming.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and PSEAH (safeguarding), as evidenced in previous positions / programming.
- Demonstrated experience with guiding and mentoring staff as well as experience managing a team of technical specialists.
- Demonstrated strong management and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to network, communicate, and build/maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Prior development or humanitarian experience working in Haiti.
- Commodity management experience is a plus.
- Excellent, high-level, demonstrated written and oral communications skills in English and French are required. Creole language skills are a strong advantage.
- Ability to travel (30-50%) within project areas as needed.
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