Globaldev careers: The chief of party

Mama Laryea says a chief of party is essentially a project director. Photo by: Mama Laryea

Chief of party is not only one of the most senior positions on a project team but also one of the most intriguing and unusual job titles in the global development sector.

It’s essentially a fancy word for a project director, said Mama Laryea, who is based in Ghana as FHI 360’s chief of party for USAID’s Partnership for Education: Learning. This role is responsible for overseeing a project, including operational, technical and financial activities, and ensuring deliverables are met.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.