Chief of Party / Program Director, Bangladesh
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
This is a provisional recruitment targeting the USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Call opportunity in Bangladesh. The position will be confirmed if the project is awarded by the donor.
Chief of Party (CoP)/ Program Director (PD) will have overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff. 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.
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 grant. The CoP/PD 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.
The CoP/PD shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work carefully and collaboratively to support the various entities in Bangladesh.
USAID/Bangladesh plans to invest in a five-year Feed the Future nutrition activity to sustainably reduce malnutrition and stunting in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence pending availability of funds. This activity will layer nutrition-sensitive interventions within a broad array of existing Feed the Future, Global Health and Food for Peace agriculture and nutrition activities, building on and scaling up previously successful nutrition pilot activities. Building on the evidence which shows that nutrition-specific interventions alone cannot eliminate undernutrition, the activity will complement ongoing USAID and other donor funded nutrition-specific
interventions in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence with nutrition-sensitive interventions to effectively tackle the nutrition challenges specific to Bangladesh’s rural populations.
The activity will seek to sustainably address the immediate and underlying drivers of maternal and child malnutrition in Bangladesh, which include:
Marriage and childbearing during adolescence, leading to poor birth outcomes (for example, low birth weight), as well as worsened nutritional status among adolescent mothers.
Maternal malnutrition arising from high energy, labor and time expenditure by women, contributing to low birth weight.
Inadequate sanitation and hygiene practices, including inadequate access to hygienic toilets/ latrines and handwashing practices.
Low dietary quality and diversity of the diets of women and children due to low access to and consumption of micronutrient-rich foods and poor infant and young child feeding practices.
Gender and age discrimination in terms of food distribution at the household level worsens dietary intake (both quantity and quality) of women and children.
Lack of literacy on health status and nutritious food during pre and post pregnancy as well as neonatal care.
The overall objective of the Activity is to improve the nutritional status of the FtF ZOI population, especially women and children through:
Improved nutrition and health of children under five years of age, pregnant and lactating women, and adolescents (10-18 years old).
Increased availability of and access to foods rich in micronutrients and protein among rural households.
Improved access to and adoption of WASH practices.
Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.
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 proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision National Office staff.
Liaise with local government officials, local communities, and other stakeholders as appropriate.
Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.
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.
Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO 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.
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.
Participate and represent WV and the project in relevant forums and seek cooperation for joint advocacy opportunities.
Research new funding opportunities and develop and write funding proposals, if second phase of the grant or cost extension is planned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
A Master's degree in related field.
10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects.
Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.
Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID and other funding agencies; their policies and regulations.
Familiarity with USAID/Feed the Future programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.
Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in country of the grant.
Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.
Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.
Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.
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/PD or senior expert advisor required.
Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.
Fluency in English.
Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.
Previous experience with implementing Feed the Future projects.
Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.