Chief of Party, USAID Integrated Youth Opportunity
*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for the overall management of the Integrated Youth Opportunity and is the lead liaison with USAID. S/he is directly responsible for implementation of the three objectives, effective and compliant reporting and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E). The COP maintains relationships with USAID, implementing partners and the GDRC, provide overall program leadership, promote innovative strategies to include youth and marginalized groups, and be responsible for establishing and maintaining administrative and organizational structures.
Direct and oversee the overall execution of all World Vision (WV) project components within its geographic and technical areas.
Organize and direct the work of all WV project staff.
Provide supervision, training and performance management.
Provide oversight to technical leads.
Lead in establishing a system for projection implementation.
Lead in establishing an implementation process for each technical sector while fostering synergy between them that assures timely and quality implementation of activities.
Use M&E information to improve program implementation; identify operational risks and their solutions; resolve bottlenecks at an early stage.
Produce high quality reports.
Lead development of the program’s annual activity plan and budget and ensure their timely performance (ensure timely and proper achievement of activities and budget, provide monthly variance analysis and initiate corrective action as needed.
Oversee the hiring, orientation, and training of key staff to build a technically strong, well supported, motivated team.
Identify and facilitate opportunities for staff professional development by providing adequate mentoring, clear orientation, feedback and learning opportunities.
Manage grant budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to the Prime, USAID and WV US.
Assure sound financial management of the project (e.g. budget execution, monitoring and reporting processes) especially by the program implementation team and adhere to WVI and USAID financial policies and procedures.
Ensure compliance with cooperative agreements/grants/contracts and make recommendations for improving the overall effectiveness of the program.
Oversee supply and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with WV internal and donor requirements.
Liaise with provincial government officials, local communities, farmers, and other organizations as appropriate, with particular focus on Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Lead engagement and communications with the USAID in DRC regarding the implementation of this project.
Actively engage in DFAP coordination working groups and meetings.
Facilitate networking, negotiation and other external actions for advancement of the program.
Organize learning and sharing opportunities between project and external stakeholders on a regular basis.
Promote program results and organizational interests in national program and policy forums.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
At least 10years of experience in the design and implementation of international development projects.
At least 5 years of senior-level project management experience in conflict-affected environments, experience in eastern DRC preferred.
Experience overseeing the administrative, contracting, financial and logistical aspects of budgets close to $7 million a year.
Post-graduate degree in relevant fields such as international development, education, economics, or business.
Professional level written and oral English, proficient written and oral French are both required (FSI 3/3 and equivalent skill level).
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to build and manage cooperative high-level relationships and motivate subordinates.
Experience working with vulnerable groups, i.e. inclusive program experience.
Experience with achieving gender equity in programming.
English and French skills essential.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Experience implementing education or youth programming.
Excellent understanding and familiarity with US Government donor regulations.
Demonstrated abilities in NGO reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management.
Project performance management, including monitoring and evaluation.
Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.
At least 5 year experience implementing and managing large international grants.
The COP will preferably based out of the Consortium Office in Bukavu with frequent travel to field sites (weekly) but an outstanding candidate might be accommodated out of Goma to allow them to live in Gisenyi, Rwanda.
Some National and Regional travel would also be expected as needed.