Deputy Chief of Party – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

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  • Posted on 14 February 2020
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Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

Longtime partner INGOs Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) have founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the upcoming USAID-funded opportunity, “Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity”. The Bridge Youth Activity will be a five-year cooperative agreement, with a budget between $25-$50 million. The Activity objectives include: 1) equipping youth in Niger and Burkina Faso with market-relevant skills to prepare them for sustainable livelihoods; 2) linking them to jobs, market information networks, and business coaching; 3) empowering them and their cooperatives to access and manage financial resources; and 4) engaging them and their youth groups in order to interact more effectively with local governance and community structures in order to support their own development needs.

The Bridge Youth Activity DCOP will oversee technical implementation activities of the project, work closely with local implementing partners, and coordinate with government officials, USAID, and other key stakeholders. She/he will help ensure progress is being made toward achieving results and project objectives, contribute to analysis of monitoring and evaluation data, and help coordinate development of project deliverables and reporting.

The DCOP position will be based in Niamey, Niger. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful agreement award and USAID approval.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all aspects of project technical implementation, coordinating with key staff/component leads and local implementing partners in carrying out activities in accordance with the work plan and timelines for deliverables
  • Directly supervise and collaborate closely with the Technical Director to ensure strategic program direction and the provision of high-quality technical assistance
  • In coordination with the COP, monitor progress of project objectives and maintain regular contact with key staff, local partners, consultants, etc., to assure that progress is being made on work plans and that issues, challenges, and concerns are being addressed
  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff and provide technical assistance backstopping when required
  • Help ensure effective relationships with youth groups and cooperatives, education institutions, and demand-side private sector entities and industry leaders, ensuring strong cooperation and collaboration
  • Support project budget management and monitoring, including implementing internal systems to ensure regular budget tracking
  • Help ensure strong and transparent working relationships between implementing partners, LWR, and USAID
  • Contribute to training and mentoring of local partners to strengthen their capacity for technical service delivery and compliance with donor rules and regulations
  • Help to ensure implementing partners’ expenditures are reasonable, allocable, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations
  • Support the annual internal and external auditing process, ensuring that auditor recommendations are implemented
  • Together with the COP and the technical implementation team, take a lead role in the development of the annual workplan and review of the existing performance monitoring plans; liaise with internal and external program evaluation technical staff and consultants
  • Support the development process of periodic project reports, coordinate timely review by LWR HQ, and ensure quality of the deliverables
  • In coordination with the Chief of Party, represent the project in public and professional circles and during donor and other high-level visits (especially by USG and private agencies), through meetings, conferences, and presentations; support written correspondence to the donor as needed.
  • Serve as acting COP, as needed
  • Other relevant tasks as assigned by the COP


  • Master’s degree (or international equivalent), or higher, in international development, social work or social services, public administration, business administration, or other relevant field
  • Minimum of eight years of demonstrated experience (including five years of project management and oversight experience) in positive youth engagement, youth empowerment and economic development, livelihoods, small and micro enterprise development, microfinance and access to finance, and/or other areas relevant to youth development
  • Experience managing large, complex donor-funded international development programs of similar scope and size to the Bridge Youth Activity
  • Experience overseeing the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and knowledge management strategies specific to youth development programs
  • Knowledge of donor priorities and demonstrated experience managing donor regulations (especially USAID policies and regulations)
  • Demonstrated representational skills in fostering relationships with partner governments, donors, and national and international NGOs and partners
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex technical, managerial, and/or operational problems in a timely and successful manner
  • Experience working in francophone West Africa, ideally in Niger and/or Burkina Faso
  • Experience working on and managing projects in fragile states or other areas of political, social, or economic instability
  • Strong management skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills adequate to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of project implementation
  • Professional level fluency in French and English, both oral and written

About the Organization

Corus International heads a family of faith-based organizations committed to ending poverty and building healthy communities in the world’s most challenging places. Longtime partner INGOs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. We draw on the over 75 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations –LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, we take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.

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