Chief of Party, Ghana WASH

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

*Please submit your CV in English.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Chief of Party (CoP) will have overall responsibility for coordination of all WASH grant activities and staff for an upcoming USAID WASH program. S/he will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and local government entities. Please note that this position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

The CoP shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work carefully and collaboratively to support the various entities in Ghana.

S/he will manage a team of senior staff, sub-recipients, and engagement with stakeholders and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the WASH grant. The CoP is expected to have strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise.

S/he also provides strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to child-wellbeing outcomes.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide vision and strategic technical leadership for the grant.

  • Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision National Office staff.

  • Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.

  • Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals, if second phase of the grant or cost extension is planned.

  • Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with skills across a diverse set of technical areas.

  • Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.

  • Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.

  • Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems.

  • Submit timely accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.

  • Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and Support Office staff.

  • Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.

  • Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact.

  • Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.

  • Liaise with local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Participate, lead NGO – donor forum to represent WV, the project, and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.

  • Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.

  • Provide spiritual leadership to the grant team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.

  • Close cooperation with NO GAM lead for implementation of the GAM objectives as well as close collaboration within the NO GAM Unit on donor positioning, lessons learned, grant health and quality improvements.

  • Establish clear and frequent communication regarding program progress and oversight management with the donor.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • An advanced degree (master’s or above) in international development, public administration public health, or water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and technical field in

  • developing countries.

  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects.

  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, effective organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, team building, and communications skills.

  • Proven ability to coordinate with other key stakeholders such as governmental and non-governmental organizations in Ghana.

  • Proven ability to manage of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.

  • Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Experience of leading large and diverse teams.

  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.

  • Experience as a CoP or senior expert advisor required.

  • Experience in managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.

PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR

World Vision is a child-focused Christian humanitarian organization implementing development programmes across 23 districts Ghana. Our interventions are currently reaching millions of beneficiaries in Ghana.

World Vision Ghana seeks to hire a highly-qualified, dedicated, and experienced national for the role of Private Sector Development Advisor for the anticipated USAID-funded Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Interventions. This critical position will be based in Savelugu, reporting to the Chief of Party. Please note that this position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

Purpose of the position:

The Private Sector Development Advisor will be responsible for private sector engagement (PSE) and the development of entrepreneurs in the WASH sector. This will include leading the development of public-private partnerships. S/he will provide technical expertise on private sector development issues, including analysis of the evolution of the WASH private sector, the opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the role of regulation and standardization. S/he will represent the activity on public-private sector issues at technical, policy, and strategic planning meetings, including meetings with collaborators and donors.

The major responsibilities include:

  • Engage with private sector actors to stimulate innovation and investment to meet demand, while considering affordability, sustainability, and local market conditions.

  • Develop and implement a sanitation marketing strategy in collaboration with District Sanitation Centers and sanitation product entrepreneurs.

  • Facilitate market development across the Activity, aiming to support market actors, including the private water operators and sanitation businesses.

  • Strengthen supply chains for WASH products, especially sanitation products, by linking businesses in water and sanitation supply chains to District Sanitation Centers and other key distributors.

  • Coordinate business development services to increase the profitability, management efficiency, and operating scale of key stakeholders, including sanitation service providers, private water operations and management companies, and District Sanitation Centers.

  • Build relationships with financial institutions to facilitate access to finance for WASH entrepreneurs and households to support WASH investments, particularly in sanitation.

  • Provide technical leadership for the identification, design, formalization, and management of innovative public-private partnerships that result in inefficiencies in water system management and improved access to sanitation services.

  • Engage local enterprise accelerators/incubators to design innovation challenges to overcome key barriers to oversight and management of reliable water systems.

Minimum education, training, and experience requirements to qualify for the position:

  • Master's Degree in business, management, economics, finance, or any related field.

  • At least five (5) years of experience in the WASH private sector or experience providing technical assistance and capacity building to improve private sector performance in the WASH sector.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with and build consensus among private and public sector stakeholders.

  • Experience in working on donor-funded international development projects of similar scope, complexity, and size. 

  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Previous experience in private sector engagement in Ghana.

  • Experience with USAID-funded projects.

  • Demonstrated understanding of barriers to entry points for the private sector in the provision of WASH services.

  • Extensive experience in market systems, market-based WASH approaches, enterprise development, and acceleration.

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, and ability to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

Salary:

The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

NB: Women are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Should you wish to apply for this position, please go to http://careers.wvi.org/job-opportunities-in-Ghana

If this is your first time applying online via the World Vision International careers website, you will need to register an account along with your application details. This site will provide you with additional functionality, such as saved searches and email alerts. Registration requires minimal information to create your account. Further details will be collected during the application process.

All applicants must apply using our online application system, CVs received via email or standard post will NOT be considered.

The closing date for submission of applications is 25 January 2021; no late applications will be accepted.

 

World Vision is committed to adult and child safeguarding and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children and vulnerable adults. All employment is conditional upon successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.