CARE seeks a Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated $75M USAID/Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Blantyre, Malawi. The goal of this DFSA is to sustainably improving food and nutrition security and resilience among ultra poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in Malawi. FFP envisions the forthcoming multi-year DFSA will support the implementation of the Government of Malawi’s (GoM) National Resilience Strategy 2018-2030 (NRS) which aims to break the cycle of food insecurity. The strategy’s four pillars include: (i) resilient agricultural growth, (ii) risk reduction, flood control and early warning and response systems, (iii) human capacity, livelihoods and social protection, and (iv) catchment protection and management.
This position is subject to project award and funding.
The DCOP will work closely with the Chief of Party to guarantee quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout project duration. S/he will provide strategic oversight and technical guidance to, and resolve challenges in implementation of, cross-sectoral activities reflective of the program’s theory of change, logical framework, monitoring and evaluation, and relevant work plans.
In addition to promoting quality, the DCOP will encourage efficiency in program delivery. This involves continually monitoring program tasks and activities against goals; minimizing duplication of personnel activities; and defining and using standard operating procedures.
The DCOP is also expected to promote learning and innovation. This includes adapting tools and systems; promoting data-driven, evidence-based actions; expanding successful activities’ breadth and depth; building capacity to work in new ways; and communicating best practices to relevant parties.
- Oversee the coordinated planning (of activities and resources) and implementation of the program and program operations in line with state-of-the art strategies, technical standards, and applicable USAID rules and regulations.
- In collaboration with the Chief of Party, ensure the adequacy of planning, monitoring and reporting and competence for the effective scale up of program interventions to meet established programmatic and financial targets and timeframes.
- Supervise and mentor technical leads.
- Provide strategic oversight of program tasks and activities, including participating in budget discussions.
- Conduct monitoring visits to observe field activities.
- Serve on the program’s Senior Management Team.
- Promote quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout program duration.
Required skills and qualifications:
- Master’s degree in International Development, Agriculture/Agronomy, Public Health, Nutrition, Water-and-Sanitation Engineering, Economics, and/or related field.
- Minimum of 8 years of senior-level experience working in food security.
- Prior management of USAID funded-programs required. Previous management experience on a Title II Food for Peace developmental program is preferred.
- Experience in, and demonstrated commitment to, the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous positions / programming.
- Proven leadership skills. Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with maintaining high levels of quality despite demanding reporting schedules and short deadlines for deliverables. Ability to review and ensure accuracy of complex budget and expenditure formats.
- Fluency in written and spoken in English.
- Ability to travel to program areas as required.