Deputy Chief of Party, Programs

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 5 February 2021

Job Description

RTI is recruiting candidates for the anticipated USAID-funded Somalia Resilience and Inclusive Economic Development (RIED) project, building on the work of Somalia GEEL. The objectives of the RIED project will be to accelerate economic recovery in the targeted areas of Somalia by increasing individual, household, community, and systemic resilience through rural and urban economic diversification, and by promoting inclusive economic market systems to combat real and perceived grievances that contribute to violent extremism. This position will be contingent upon award and funding.

The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) is designated key personnel as part of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and will work closely with the other key personnel. The DCOP supports the COP, acts for the COP as needed, and carries out any other tasks assigned by the COP to ensure proper management of the Contract. They will be responsible for operationalizing all aspects of the implementation of technical activities under REID. The DCOP is responsible for all operations including administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, finance and compliance, property, and oversight of Grants Under Contract (GUC). The DCOP must ensure that implementation is in accordance with USG regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the Contract. This must include ensuring that all procurement processes are fair and transparent, reviewing financial compliance, and monitoring GUC and subcontract implementation.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Oversees and support staff and activities and work with various Somali stakeholders, including private sector firms, associations and cooperatives, community groups, government officials and other development partners.
  • Supports the preparation and finalization of work plans that define the activities to be executed under the contract, assist in the drafting of quarterly reports, which document the project’s progress, and assist in the development of all other major contract deliverables.
  • In the absence of the COP, the DCOP will liaise with the USAID/Somalia office, local partners and the RTI headquarters.
  • The DCOP will support the COP to coordinate and provide leadership for the successful implementation of all project activities including sub-grants award process activities, grant implementation due diligence and will be a member of the grants review committee.
  • Ensures that program implementation is undertaken in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures, and the specifications described under the scope of work and contract.
  • Design and ensure competitive and transparent procurement processes and work with the project team to ensure that all procurement processes are compliant with USAID regulations.
  • Supervise day-to-day field operations, including use of office space and equipment, administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and accounting.
  • Supervise the finance team and provide managerial oversight over financial operations including cash flow management and monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures.
  • Ensure accurate grants, procurement, and other trackers that feed into the project budget tracker managed in the home office.
  • Ensure continuous liquidity for the project.
  • Oversee the project Human Resources, and work with the Senior Management Team to resolve any human resource issues.
  • Assist with annual work planning, budgeting, and overall program financial management as required.
  • Ensure project residences and offices are habitable and promote a positive work environment.
  • Assist the RTI contracts team in the management and oversight of local sub-contracts including the security provider, landlords, and local vendors.
  • Supervise the Grants Manager and ensure that the REID grants process is compliant with USAID rules and regulations.
  • Facilitate monthly review of field office operations workflow with the SMT and propose and implement innovative procedures to facilitate ease of programming.
  • Investigate and identify new ways of achieving project efficiencies.
  • Coordinate, as necessary, with any other USAID partners, including joint responsibilities or functions and sharing of assets as appropriate.


  • A Master’s degree in business, finance, management, economics, international development, or a related field (or a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5 additional years of relevant experience)
  • At least six years’ experience working in an operations management capacity on a donor-funded activity, of which at least two years must be in a position that involved supervising staff and at least three years’ work experience overseas in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with US Government policies and procedures regarding contract management, financial reporting, procurement processes, systems, and grants and contracts management. experience with construction procurements a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence overseeing Finance & Accounting, Procurement, and Grants under Contract functions of large USAID-funded projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in fragile or post-conflict states preferred.
  • Knowledge on or experience working on projects on economic growth, market systems, and/or resilience focused projects is preferred.
  • Experience working collaboratively with host country governments and the local private sector and coordinating activities with those of other donors.
  • Experience managing culturally diverse teams and working with counterparts from other cultures.

About the Organization

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