Deputy Chief of Party- Operations

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 18 March 2020
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Job Description

Category: Programs
Req ID: DEPUT01992
Posted Date: 2020-03-17
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Cote D’lvoire, Cote dIvoire CIV


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary:

The USAID West Africa mission intends to fund a five-year Strengthen Resilience and Learning to Countering Violent Extremism in Cote d’Ivoire Northern Border Areas program in August 2020.

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks aDeputyChief of Party(DCOP)for an upcomingdonor-funded project inCote d’Ivoire.The DCOP’s location will be in Abidjan (possibly Korhogo); he/she will ensure effective and efficient implementation of the project. The position is responsible for day-to-day oversight and management of all Cote d’Ivoire operations staff in collaboration with technical backstops at the Headquarters level; and ensuring effective logistic management and implementation of a variety of operations and procurements in support of the project. The DCOP will have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments and manage diverse teams to deliver impact.

Reporting & Supervision:

The DCOP-Operations will report to the Chief of Party (COP). S/he will manage operations staff on the project.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • As a member of senior project management, actively participate in all project work planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting processes;
  • Manage the contractual implementation of program activities, to include oversight of procurement processes, development of service agreements, and milestone verification;
  • Ensure project activities are implemented in accordance with established policies, procedures, and practices, in coordination with project and client staff;
  • Manage all Cote d’Ivoire project operations staff, in collaboration with technical backstops at Creative HQ;
  • Provide overarching activity-based operations and procurement support to all project components;
  • As needed, support the revision and/or creation of new project standard operating procedures for implementation of activities;
  • Review draft activity budgets to ensure that costs are reasonable and allowable;
  • Provide direction to the other project teams on activity budgets, timelines and feasibility;
  • Working in collaboration with the DCOP-Programs, ensure staff are effectively implementing administrative and financial procedures compliant with Creative and donor policies;
  • Mentor, develop, train and lead Operations staff;
  • Provide policy guidance and interpretation for both vendors and staff involved in vendor relations;
  • Oversee the solicitation, award and management of subcontracts, purchase orders, and other procurements;
  • Oversee the solicitation, award and outputs of sub-awards to partners in collaboration with the COP and DCOP-Programs;
  • Identify potential and actual activity-based risks and take appropriate mitigation measures;
  • Investigate, identify and implement new ways of achieving activity efficiencies; and
  • Coordinate as necessary and in coordination with other members of the project management team, with other implementing partners operating in the same fields of operation.

Required Skills & Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • At least five (5) years of experience working on donor-funded projects in a related role and with demonstrated supervisory experience;
  • Demonstrated experience managing diverse staff;
  • Relevant work experience in Cote d’Ivoire;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills with international donor policies and procedures relative to subawards and sub-contracts, financial management, procurement processes, and management systems; and
  • Fluency in written and oral English and French.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


About the Organization

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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