Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/ Governance Lead

  • Posted on 5 June 2020

Job Description

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. (Cardno) is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/ Governance Lead candidate for the anticipated USAID Papua New Guinea (PNG)/ Solomon Island Forest Governance opportunity. This program is anticipated to span five years and is currently valued at $10-25 Million USD. This sustainable landscapes program seeks to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, unsustainable forest and land management, the lack of data to inform forest and land management decisions, and the lack of participatory land use planning and livelihood opportunities for forest-dependent communities.

The DCOP/Governance Lead will assist the Chief of Party in activity management and represent the activity to key stakeholders as directed. The DCOP/Governance Lead will also lead all governance-related interventions, providing technical design and oversight to capacity building and training tasks that focus on the national and sub-national government. This may include leading provincial planning and budgeting, law and regulation reform, capacity building activities in law enforcement and sub-national government-related support to villages and smallholders, such as securing land tenure rights and designing village enterprises. The DCOP/Governance Lead will also assist in managing relationships with private sector partners and oversee the inclusion of women, youth, indigenous and marginalized voices within activity frameworks.

  • Master’s degree in natural resource management, environmental governance, sustainable landscapes, or other relevant field; a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5 additional years of relevant experience;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience implementing complex environmental governance, sustainable landscape/forest management, and deforestation/degradation projects in developing countries, of which five years was overseas in a senior leadership capacity of a project that involved managing a team;
  • Extensive experience in the Pacific Islands required, experience in PNG and the Solomon Islands preferred;
  • Experience supporting indigenous communities through alternative livelihood development, building awareness of resource rights (including customary land tenure/use), and/or building linkages to ecosystem service markets;
  • Experience in project design and implementation, including financial management experience, such as budgeting; tracking, reporting and accounting; and also procurement;
  • Experience managing projects and/or an office with culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures;
  • USAID experience and understanding of key USAID priorities preferred; and
  • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills.

Equal Opportunity statement for U.S. based applicants: Cardno has a long-standing policy of Equal Opportunity in employment. Our practice is to fill positions by selecting applicants who can perform the work in a competent and professional manner. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status. At any time, if you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact Human Resources at

Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with specialist expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno’s team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs. Cardno is an international company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX:CDD].

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About the Organization

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.

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