Deputy Chief of Party - Operations (DCOP-Ops)

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 17 July 2019

Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party - Operations (DCOP-Ops)

Project Description – The anticipated USAID project will support efforts to empower communities in northern Mozambique and build their capacity to manage conflict and change. Activities will be aimed at deepening and expanding knowledge of the violent extremist threat in Cabo Delgado province, and identifying and demonstrating approaches to strengthening community conflict management capacity.

The Deputy Chief of Party – Operations (DCOP-Ops) will manage the day-to-day operations and administration, to include, but not limited to, project procurement, operational systems, and logistics. The DCOP will report to the Chief of Party (COP).

Responsibilities: The DCOP-Ops is responsible for:

  • All operations including but not limited to administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial, and property.
  • Ensuring that program implementation is in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the SOW. This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities, assuring fair and transparent procurement processes, review of financial management, and monitoring grant implementation.
  • Ensuring that the most reasonable, fair, expeditious, and appropriate procurement choices were made pursuant to the Contractor’s Procurement Guide.
  • Supervising the Contractor’s day-to-day field presence in the areas of operations (including the project’s facilities such as office space, equipment and project vehicles), administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting and act as the COP when s/he is absent from the program.
  • Supervising the daily financial operations of the contract, which includes cash flow management, timesheet recording, reporting to USAID on the financial aspects of the project, and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures.
  • Ensuring continuous liquidity for the project; handle all human resource issues; supervise the day-to-day implementation of all grants made under the program; and investigate and identify new ways of achieving project efficiencies.
  • Coordinating with the Contractor’s Home Office on all compliance issues, seeking legal and policy guidance on sanctions and other applicable restrictions.
  • While not directly responsible for overseeing activity development, the DCOP-Ops will be expected to have a good grasp of the local context and programmatic aspects, and be prepared to step in as needed to support the COP, senior program advisor, and other program staff in activity development and other technical aspects of the project, while staying apprised of the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the program.


  • At least five (5) years of experience working on donor-funded projects in a related role, preferably with some demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Experience with a donor, Contractor, or INGO managing an office or program is required.
  • Relevant experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment.
  • The candidate should be fluent in the Contractor’s and USAID’s policies and procedures with regard to human resources, financial management, financial reporting, and procurement processes, systems, and grants management.
  • It is highly desired, but not required that the candidate have experience with grants or small grants under contract programs.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out is highly desired, but not required.
  • Relevant experience working in Mozambique or other Southern and/or East African countries undergoing transition is highly desired, but not required.
  • Experience with remote management in insecure and/or transition environments highly desired, but not required.
  • Experience working in security challenged environments is highly desired, but not required.
  • Complete fluency in written and oral English is required.
  • Demonstrated working proficiency in Portuguese (highly preferred) and/or Spanish is required.



About the Organization

AECOM International Development is a global economic and infrastructure development firm promoting higher living standards in emerging markets, through the provision of high-quality technical advisory services to governments and the private sector. AECOM is a member of the 32,000-strong AECOM family. This allows us to tap into a wide network of professional technical and management support service expertise. In return, we provide AECOM with fresh perspectives and opportunities in the area of international development. This partnership has expanded our project base while further improving the quality of our services. AECOM serves as the focal point for AECOM’s sustainable development services in the fast-growing emerging markets sector, providing support services to United States government agencies, multi- and bilateral donors, and private sector clients worldwide. AECOM currently has more than 400 pro­fessionals in 60 countries working in economic growth, environment and regional development, industrial and commercial area development, democracy and governance, humanitarian response and stabilization, and infrastructure and facilities. AECOM was formed by the combination of PADCO, a Washington, DC-based AECOM subsidiary, and TSG, an Arlington, Virginia, international development services firm. AECOM International Development offers clients a broad array of technical expertise and access to the global knowledge and local networks of AECOM’s worldwide operations of 32,000 employees and annual revenues in excess of $4.2 billion. AECOM will draw on global excellence in a wide range of business areas, including AECOM’s renowned environment, transportation, and engineering practices, and will continue to deliver the high-quality results that reflect the proud histories of both PADCO and TSG.

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