Deputy Chief of Party (Project Operations)

  • Mid-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 5 October 2019
  • Suva, Fiji
  • Closing on 25 November 2019
  • Current

Job Description

DT Global is a fast-growing international development organization that focuses on improving the capability, capacity, and effectiveness of development programming in complex global environments. Working across a variety of sectors – including Economic Growth, Environment & Infrastructure, Governance, Human Development, and Stabilization & Transition - we provide world class program management, design, analysis, and monitoring and evaluation services.

Built on the strengths, knowledge, and 50+ years of experience from AECOM International Development, Development Transformations, and the Global Peace and Development Charitable Trust, we have a global ecosystem – including a non-profit partner, the DT Institute – working together to develop cutting edge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. With corporate offices in the USA, Spain and Australia, in addition to project field offices in over 90 countries around the world, DT Global implements projects funded from a wide array of clients, including USAID, EU, DFAT, NC, MFAT, DFID and other public and private stakeholders. We value learning, research, and rapid program adaptation in response to changing realities on the ground. Together with our global team of experts, we are building technical capabilities across sectors in order to deliver high-quality interventions and transform lives around the world. For more information please see: www.dt-global.com.

Position Location & Duration: This position is a full time 2-year DCOP position based in Suva, Fiji for the USAID Climate Ready project.

Project Summary: The USAID Pacific Climate Ready Project, implemented by DT Global, will provide a wide range of high-level, high-visibility technical assistance and capacity-building support in climate change adaption (CCA) and CCA finance in Pacific Island Countries (PICs). Project objectives include: (1) strengthening and mainstreaming CCA policies and laws; (2) enabling access to multilateral and bilateral climate change funds; and (3) strengthening implementation of CCA projects. Target countries will include Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Roles and Responsibilities: The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) is charged with providing support to the Chief of Party in the overall project management specifically in the project administrative and financial tasks, as well as the M&E activities ensuring that all project deliverables are met and delivered in a timely and efficient manner. S/he supervises the project team and maintains daily communications with HO on procurement, staffing monthly financial and technical reporting. The DCOP will be responsible for establishing and ensuring efficient program management, capacity building design and implementation of the regional field offices and enforcing compliance with contract provisions, FAR regulations and AIDARs, DT Global policies, and procedures, and local laws as they pertain to procurement. S/he will be responsible for consulting with Home Office on contract related issues that may represent a risk to DT Global during the implementation of Climate Ready as well as coordinate with Senior Advisors to ensure effective operations of sub-offices. The DCOP will also contribute to work plans, reports and activity implementation. As such, a qualified candidate is required to have technical experience implementing climate change adaptation policy and/or finance donor-funded programs in the Pacific Region. The DCOP reports to the Chief of Party or his/her designee.

Specific duties include:
  • Supports COP on the supervision of field-based program technical staff, consultants and locally-hired support staff.
  • Collaborates with Home and Field Office Project Operations staff to tailor DT Global employee and office handbooks for use with locally-hired staff
  • Works with Home Office, COP and Finance Manager monitor project funds and field expenditures to eliminate risk and project overruns
  • Is accountable for field office and other expenditures under the COP control and ensures that funds are properly spent and accounted for.
  • Leads program-level knowledge management, Gender/M&E to capture, organize and retain, indicators and monitoring deliverables, reports, best practices, results, lessons learned, testimonials, etc.
  • Support COP on the drafting of weekly, monthly and quarterly reports and provides overall quality control on the content.
  • Ensures project implementation according to DT Global policies and procedures as well as USAID and FAR guidelines.
  • Serves as principal DT Global point of contact with local subcontractor representatives and technical staff assigned to the project by U.S. and third country-based subcontractors.
  • Negotiates local subcontract agreements for PM approval, and may approve local subcontracts under delegated authorities.
  • Works with the Home Office to ensure contract compliance, risk management and profitability.
  • Supports Implementation and monitors project activities, provides technical assistance and problem solving, reports frequently both informally and formally to DT Global and client to ensure achievement of contract requirements as requested by the COP
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Seven years of relevant, progressively responsible experience, and a proven track record of implementing and/or managing projects focusing on CCA policy, finance & project implementation in the Pacific.
  • Combination of technical familiarity and management skills that spans the subject areas covered by the project and in-depth experience in at least one of the major areas of involvement.
  • Effectively backstop and reinforce the other long and short-term specialists and ensure that synergies among project elements are capitalized upon.
  • Superior project management skills and management of day-to-day operations of the project.
  • Knowledge of USAID reporting and M&E systems or similar experience with another development/donor partner.
What we Value:
  • Autonomy and proactivity around driving work to completion in the face of ambiguity and challenges;
  • We value high-performing creative individuals who dig into problems and opportunities;
  • We value individuals who are team players and interact positively with colleagues and clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems individually and as part of a team, while respecting individual team members’ roles, strengths, and communication styles;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to perform effectively within tight deadlines.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

DT Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or national origin. DT Global prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.

About the Organization

DT Global, built on more than 50 years of experience from AECOM International Development, Development Transformations, and the Global Peace and Development (GPD) Charitable Trust, applies ingenuity, evidence, and passion to everything we do. Grounded in decades of technical expertise and leadership around the world, we incorporate rigorous learning and assessment in our program design process to ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of thought leadership. Our technical experts work in partnership with communities and institutions to deliver innovative, data-driven solutions that create sustainable change and improve people's lives. For more information please see www.dt-global.com.

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