Deputy Chiefs of Party, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Forest Governance Program
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Project Overview and Role:
Deputy Chiefs of Party Palladium is seeking two Deputy Chiefs of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID funded program in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, titled Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Forest Governance Program. The project will likely be focused on improving forest conservation practices and resource management; improving alternative livelihoods, especially those promoting a higher value being placed on natural areas, and improving the governance of these resources at all levels.
Under the leadership of the Chief of Party (COP), The DCOPs will serve as co-leaders in achieving project objectives and will be based in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The DCOPs will play key roles in supporting the COP in managing Palladium’s field presence of the project in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The DCOPs will have a firm understanding of programmatic aspects of the project in the context of evolving political, legal, and economic contexts and contribute to a continuous adaptive management approach. The DCOPs’ responsibilities include oversight and coordination of financial, procurement, and budgeting management; human resources, local recruitment, and possible grants management. The DCOPs will work with Palladium HQ to ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The DCOP(s) will:
- Serve as a member of the senior leadership team of the program and supports the COP in leadership and oversight of project staff and activities. As such, provides senior leadership, management oversight, and coordination on all matters project-wide.
- Collaborate with different stakeholders to foster country-driven, inclusive, locally-relevant strategies to improve and assure forest conservation and resource management practices.
- Work with the COP and other project staff to continuously refine implementation processes by integrating lessons learned and best practices.
- Lead and/or reviews and monitors programmatic functions, i.e., development of work plans and budgets and quarterly/annual reports and ensures effective implementation of program strategy as articulated by in the work plan.
- Ensure that program implementation is in accordance with Palladium’s and USAID’s regulations and procedures.
- Serve as the COP’s primary point of contract for current information about the status of activity implementation.
- In collaboration with local staff in-country, identify program opportunities and potential local partners as needed.
- In collaboration with the M&E officers ensure relevant staff use, maintain and regularly upload data to the project M&E system.
- Participate in and/or prepares necessary project-related reports, including presentations and white papers.
- Provide analytical and evaluative techniques to identify, consider, and resolve issues or problems.
- Participate, and represent the organization as needed, in outside associations, conferences, and symposia.
- Work with the COP and other relevant parties to support security of local and short-term expatriate staff.
- Serve as acting as COP when s/he is unavailable.
- Undertake other duties as assigned by the COP.
- Advanced degree in in business administration, project management, public policy and management, forestry, environment or natural resource related fields.
- Experience with activity design as well as development and management of projects, preferably including both community-level and national-level activities.
- Demonstrated understanding of national, regional, and local politics relevant to the natural resources sector in Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands.
- Experience with a donor, contractor or international NGOs in a relevant sector such as natural resources management, environment/biodiversity, forestry, land use management, or agriculture.
- Proven ability to leverage and manage partnership and cooperate with host country governments and international partners in implementing donor-funded projects preferred.
- Demonstrated Financial management experience (including budgeting) and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation experience to high-level audiences, and publication in peer reviewed journals, fluency in English.
- Strong interpersonal and management skills.
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically, ability to manage a culturally and linguistically diverse staff, consultants and counterparts.
- Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities, often within a required timeframe.
- Professional and diplomatic demeanor and conduct, especially during interactions with the client and its constituents.
- Papua New Guinean and Solomon Islands nationals with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.