RTI’s International Education Division is supporting education
development around the world by strengthening education policy, management and
practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning.
From our well-established reputation in education system strengthening, to
innovative work in early grade assessment and learning, RTI is improving
education quality, relevance and efficiency through implementation of projects
funded by USAID, DFID, DFAT and other donors and clients.
International is currently accepting applications for a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the Read Liberia Activity. This is
a USAID-funded, five-year, $20+ million activity to improve reading outcomes of
children in the early grades in Liberia. The Activity works directly with 640 primary schools in 6 counties of
the country, as well as with the Ministry of Education at national, county, and
district levels. This is a full-time position
with residency in Monrovia, Liberia. Read Liberia is
currently in Year 2 of its period of performance and would expect the Deputy Chief
of Party to remain at post until its completion (September 24, 2022).
The DCOP supports the Chief of Party in all technical, operational
and management aspects of the Activity, serving as second in command and acting
COP during Chief of Party’s absence. The
DCOP is responsible for timely activity
implementation and technical reliability, management of operations, and effective
and efficient management systems. S/he supervises finance and administrative
operations to ensure programmatic activities are implemented in compliance with
USAID regulations and follow appropriate operational and security protocols. S/he initiates, develops, maintains,
and revises policies and procedures for the general operation of the finance
and compliance program and its related activities to prevent illegal,
unethical, or improper conduct. S/he identifies potential areas of financial and
compliance vulnerability and risk, and develops or implements corrective action
plans to resolve problematic issues. S/he will ensure proper financial
documentation and reporting, establish and provide direction and management of
project funds. S/he will institute and maintain an effective finance and
compliance training program for the project.
- Oversee finance
and administration of the project, including ingredients cost reporting, and
compliance with both RTI and USAID rules and regulations.
- Oversee team
of operations, financial management, communications, and information technology
- Manage the
procurement and sourcing of materials, vendors, and consultants.
- Ensure that
the required compliance checks and vetting are occurring, that established
financial and compliance systems are implemented daily and that these systems
align with USAID and RTI rules and regulations.
financial oversight, compliance reviews, and invoicing of RTI consultants and subcontractors.
monthly payroll for 40+ local staff.
- Work closely
with COP to manage planning and implementation of field activities which
includes oversight of budgets, operational plans, reporting, and procedural and
financial compliance of staff.
- Support the
timely and quality completion of program technical and financial deliverables,
including quarterly client accruals, work planning, performance monitoring, quarterly
and monthly reporting and financial/expense reporting.
- Serve as
Acting Chief of Party as necessary/requested.
- Support the
COP to manage project personnel as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting or its
- Minimum of 8 years of work experience in finance and education
operations in support of education system strengthening and project management,
with at least 4 years working in financial compliance.
- Experience with USAID policies and procedures; well-versed in the FAR.
- Demonstrated managerial skills working with diverse and complex teams.
- Demonstrated ability to build consensus and to develop and manage high
- Experience in West of Africa and resource-limited environments, preferably
- Strong leadership skills across various levels of staff and locations.
- Strong ability to work across technical and operational areas among a
variety of Home Office business partners.
- Excellent knowledge of Quickbooks
- Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines while producing high
- Strong communication,
both oral and written; strong interpersonal skills; and possesses the ability to develop excellent relations with
donor officials and key local stakeholders.
- Excellent communication
skills and ability (verbal and written).
- Strong interpersonal
and intercultural skills and
proficiency in written and spoken English is required.