Deputy Chief of Party, Read Liberia Activity

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 8 February 2019

Job Description

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.

RTI 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.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • 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 support.
  • 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.
  • Provide financial oversight, compliance reviews, and invoicing of RTI consultants and subcontractors.
  • Manage 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 equivalent.
  • 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 performing teams.
  • Experience in West of Africa and resource-limited environments, preferably Liberia
  • 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 quality work.
  • 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 ability.
  • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

About the Organization

IDG International Education

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