Deputy Chief of Party, Maldives

  • Executive-level
  • Posted on 1 February 2021
  • Male, Maldives
  • Closing on 3 March 2021

Job Description

FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Maldives for an anticipated multiyear USAID Sri Lanka and Maldives Climate Change Adaptation program. The purpose of the activity is to advance Sri Lanka and the Maldives development objectives through programming that seeks to enhance the adaptive capacities of the public and private sectors and local communities in the Maldives and Sri Lanka to climate change impacts in ways that contribute to sustained, inclusive market-based growth . USAID has identified the following three cores objectives;

Identifying and scaling up innovative solutions to climate-related risks through market-driven private sector and community engagement, Strengthening central and/or local governance to address climate-related risks, and Improving the quality of and access to information for decision-making to reduce vulnerability to climate change.

This position is subject to project award and funding.

Position Description:

The DCOP will provide management oversight and technical leadership to project interventions in the Maldives. S/he will oversee all aspects of in-country project implementation, including program quality, personnel and financial management. S/he will work in collaboration with the FHI 360 COP and other project team members and maintain close coordination with Maldives project stakeholders, ensuring that all interventions are of high quality and lead to measurable impact. S/he will be responsible for timely and effective implementation of Maldives-based project activities, deliverables and execution, monitoring and reporting of the project activities. The DCOP will serve as the principal liaison to project stakeholders in the Maldives, include the Government of the Maldives (GoM), civil society and the private and public sector, among others. S/he is responsible for ensuring in-country compliance with FHI 360 policies and procedures and USG rules and regulations. The DCOP will be responsible for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and monitoring quality of program implementation. The position will be based in Male, Maldives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Colombo-based project COP, leads the Maldives project team and technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encourages effective teamwork;
  • In coordination with the Colombo-based project COP, provides overall project leadership in the Maldives, management, and technical direction for in-country activities while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and FHI 360 policies and procedures;
  • Liaises with GoM, local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector companies and other stakeholders to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements;
  • Liaises with partners, other donors and implementing agencies to ensure coordination of and synergy with other climate change adaptation, risk management, private sector engagement and governance and information use related activities, among others;
  • Builds strong strategic partnerships with a wide group of stakeholders required to achieve project goals, including local civil society and the private sector
  • Oversees report preparation for Maldives activities for inclusion in project reporting to meet USAID and corporate reporting requirements to document program performance and monitor overall award compliance;
  • Leads preparation of Maldives project deliverables, including inputs for overall project annual workplan and annual report, project activity updates, and project-related communication and reporting materials in accordance with COP guidance and USAID deadlines;
  • Provides financial oversight, in coordination with Colombo-based finance team, of the budget for Maldives activities over the life of the project;
  • Oversees a team of technical, operations, compliance and finance staff and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members;
  • Supervises key staff, including ensuring staff regularly prepare and accurately update performance data;
  • At the request of the COP, represents the project at national and international fora, including technical and investment conferences, policy briefings, networking events, etc.;
  • Organizes Maldives’ project teams and in coordination with Colombo-based project team oversee production of SOPs to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies; and
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to managers and staff to achieve project goals and develop national leadership capacity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; or its international equivalent or higher in a relevant field of study, such as climate change, environmental management, spatial planning, economics, public policy, natural, earth, or physical sciences; business administration, governance, or other related field is required. Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in climate change/environment and natural resources management, private sector engagement, governance or data analytics/information use technical fields, preferably in the Maldives, leading and/or managing and implementing high-volume USAID and/or other donor-funded projects in complex settings, with specific experience working with government counterparts, international donors and local organizations to strengthen the climate change adaptation and risk management programming.
  • Proven local knowledge and experience in the Maldives working and networking with government officials and/or CSOs in the Maldives is required to support strategy development, decision making and project implementation.
  • Prior experience in working in the Maldives is preferred
  • Track record of successful performance in one of the following technical fields is required: 1) Climate change adaptation; 2) Private sector engagement, governance; or 3) Data analytics/information use for decision making.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dhivehi

About the Organization

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