Team leader

  • Posted on 12 September 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a team leader for the UK government-funded Western Balkans Rule of Law Initiative (WB ROLI), funded through the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF). The £20 million, 3.5-year programme’s primary objective is to contribute to a measurable improvement in the delivery of justice and increased confidence of citizens in the rule of law. This innovative programme will deliver issues-based rule of law assistance at a country-level across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia, in addition to exploring common trends and cross-border interventions at a regional level. In addition to developing locally relevant solutions, the programme will have a strong focus on experimentation and learning both to build on lessons learnt from previous programming in the region and create a robust body of data and evidence from which to design interventions. At the regional level, the WB ROLI will contribute to: new, improved, or functional procedures to safeguard transparency and accountability in the delivery of justice; faster processing of criminal justice cases; approaches and strengthened access to justice for victims of gender-based violence; heightened awareness of access to justice rights for citizens, including from socially excluded groups; increased legal certainty in and appropriate selection of sentencing; grassroots civil society organisations supporting socially excluded citizens access to justice; and a body of robust data and evidence about the rule of law in the Western Balkans.

The team leader will be based in Belgrade, Serbia and will be expected to travel to all countries listed above in support of country representation and activities. They will head the in-region programme team and be responsible to the Chemonics programme director and Her Majesty’s Government for the success of programme implementation. The programme is expected to commence in October/November 2019. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall project leadership and management in the design and implementation of the programme’s strategic objective and activities, ensuring alignment to UK policy and the highest standards of delivery and compliance with CSSF requirements and regulations and Chemonics policies and procedures
  • Provide overall technical direction, leading the design and implementation of programming in line with regional and country level theories of change as agreed with the client
  • Serve as the programme’s primary liaison with Foreign and Commonwealth Office (in close partnership with Chemonics’ project director) and other donors
  • Build and maintain relationships with senior national and local government counterparts and oversee team members’ host government relationship management within each country
  • Build and oversee the relationship with international, regional and local partners to coordinate activities, facilitate reporting in line project objectives and manage performance
  • Manage and supervise the work of project personnel, subcontractors, and grantees, with a focus on core results, achievement of work plan and targets, and timely implementation
  • Facilitate cross-pollination of data, research, and lessons learnt to feed knowledge management mechanisms and systems across the regional programme and ensure cross-cutting themes of gender mainstreaming, conflict sensitivity and human rights are adhered to


  • Clear track record of senior professional experience within the development sector focusing on rule of law and the justice sector from the demand and supply side, including experience working on judicial system transparency and accountability, access to justice, criminal justice processing, and justice for socially excluded groups; exposure to programming with components of focused on gender-based violence, sentencing clarity, or research would be beneficial
  • Extensive experience working for donor governments either directly or as an implementor, leading relationship development and management; experience with the UK government in FCO or DFID is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated track record as team lead or equivalent on programmes within rule of law or governance field; experience in fragile or conflict-afflicted countries is strongly preferred
  • Experience working regionally or in-country in Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, or Serbia
  • A proven understanding of the context in the Western Balkans, including knowledge of political economy at both government and civil society levels
  • Direct experience in managing a multi-country regional programme platform, including developing relationships with and overseeing multiple subcontractor relationships preferred
  • Experience in project managements, including budget management, grants, and procurement activities
  • Experience with project monitoring, evaluation and learning systems/approaches
  • Proven understanding of UK government policy, approaches, and priorities relating to CSSF and within the region
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English (speaking, writing, and reading) required; conversant proficiency in the Serbo-Croatian or Albanian languages preferred

Application instructions:

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Team Lead” in the subject line to by September 20, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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