Deputy Chief of Party, Civil Society Strengthening Program, Zimbabwe

Management Systems International
Apply by 6 April 2012
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 August 2014

Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party, Civil Society Strengthening Program, Zimbabwe

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. MSI is part of Coffey International Development, a global international development consulting firm. Together with Coffey ID, MSI now has more than 1,500 development professionals worldwide, a corporate presence in 11 countries and manages more than 200 projects worldwide. It currently manages more than 20 long-term projects in countries, including Iraq, Sudan, Colombia and Russia. Broadly, MSI implements a range of analytical and field projects in its core technical areas, including democracy and governance, strategic management and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, human development and natural resource management. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project/Proposal Summary:

The overall objective of the Civil Society Strengthening Program in Zimbabwe is to assist USAID/Zimbabwe and its local implementing partners in achieving the Transition to a more accountable & democratic system of governance.

Position Summary:

The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for all operations and program staff supervision including but not limited to administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial, and property.

**This is a local position. Only Zimbabwean citizens are eligible to apply. Women, people with disabilities and minorities are encouraged to apply.**


  • The Deputy Chief of Party works under the direction of the Chief of Party (COP) and provides oversight to all aspects of day-to-day implementation, personnel management, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and representation to donors, especially with USAID representatives;
  • Play a key role in supervising the planning and implementation of all project activities, ensuring that all activities are properly and timely performed and that outputs are accomplished and delivered according to the agreed work plans;
  • Take a lead technical role in strategizing approaches for aligning the implementation of the SOW objectives and provide technical supervision and assign technical responsibilities as needed for the project staff and relevant project partners in this area;
  • S/he works closely with the COP and other key staff to oversee and implement the project in line with USAID rules and procedures;
  • Provide programmatic oversight in so far as grounding the activities within the proper context as part of the management team which includes USAID/DRG Office,
  • Support the Chief of Party in handling sensitive programmatic issues including site visits, partners interaction, oversight functions as appropriate;
  • Participate in selecting, negotiating and communicating with potential project partners and relevant stakeholders;
  • Exhibit high levels of ability to trouble shoot and problem solving;
  • With COP, coordinate and fulfill reporting requirements and documentation of all project activities, tasks, achievements and success stories;
  • In collaboration with the COP, monitor and evaluate project activities, interventions, impact and implemented sustainability measures; and
  • Report to the COP on all technical, administrative and financial activities and relevant issues.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in relevant subject area(s), preferably democracy, governance, gender, public policy, public administration or international development;
  • A proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Zimbabwe and the current social, political and economic circumstances in the country;
  • At least 4 years of senior level management experience on designing, implementing, and managing large, complex democracy and governance projects in developing countries;
  • At least 3 years of experience managing USAID- or other donor-funded programs;
  • Ability to navigate politically sensitive terrain and maintain constructive relationships with a diverse set of key stakeholders;
  • Ability to mobilize communities and encourage the inclusion of marginalized groups.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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