Deputy Chief of Party, USAID DFAP
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
World Vision International has emerged as a dynamic, leading organization in the areas of food and livelihood security, improved nutrition and strengthened community resilience and is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party in DRC. The goal of the program will be to contribute to sustainable improvements in food and livelihood security, reduce malnutrition among vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to the risks posed by climate change. The DCOP’s primary responsibility will be to assist the Chief of Party through technical leadership, coordination and collaboration with implementing partners, and strategic oversight of all activities to cost-effectively achieve project objectives.
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, including 4 Expatriate and up to 60 National 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 Health and Agriculture.
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.
Attend and participate devotions.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Master degree in a relevant field such as Food Security, Health and Nutrition, International Development.
Strong familiarity with USAID Food For Peace requirements, their history and their development.
Ability to integrate, lead and motivate teams of professionals around common goals.
Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.
Fluent English and French speaker (Swahili knowledge an asset).
Experience working in a Fragile Context preferred.
French skills essential. Swahili knowledge an asset.
Master’s degree in a relevant field
Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in international development project management; minimum of 5 years of experience managing USG-funded assistance programs of a similar size and scope.
Experience managing a DFAP or Multi-Year Assistance Program (MYAP) or programs of equal size, scope and complexity in a similar context.
Excellent understanding and familiarity with US Government donor regulations, ideally USAID Title II experience.
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.
At least 5 years of the international development experience; must involve implementation and management of large-scale grant/ programme activities.
The DCOP will be based out of the Consortium Office in Bukavu with frequent travel to field sites (weekly) within 1-2 hours drive of Bukavu.
Some National and Regional travel would also be expected as needed.