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Chief of Party/Program Director, Ethiopia

Job Description

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision is seeking a Chief of Party (COP)/Program Director for an anticipated Rapid Response Mechanism for Nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program in Ethiopia. The Chief of Party (COP)/ Program Director has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of all grant activities and staff. S/he has principal responsibility for representation of the program to USAID and local Government entities. The COP shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work carefully and collaboratively to support the various entities in Ethiopia.

The Chief of Party coordinates the implementation of all aspects of the program to ensure program quality and timely reporting to donors. 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 should embrace the shared Ethiopia vision for the project and effectively manage available financial and human resources to make that vision a reality. The proposed candidate shall provide overall strategic leadership and oversight to the project. S/he shall have depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, a solid professional reputation, interpersonal skills and professional relationships to fulfill the requirements of the program description. Experience interacting with host country government agencies including local governments, development partners, and civil society organizations including community based organizations is essential.

The COP is charged with leading a professional team in the accomplishment of the objectives and sub-objectives. S/he must have a broad vision linked with a clear understanding of how to get things done amid the constraints of the country context.

The applicant must demonstrate strong experience in sub-grantee management, including building the capacity of local organizations and sub-grantees in U.S. government (USG) - supported grants. Coaching, advising, and enforcement are essential functions of this position. As the focus of this project is emergency nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities the most competitive candidates will have experience in nutrition and WASH to deliver such services.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall planning, implementation and management of the program as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the program in a timely and cost-effective manner.

  • Serve as the team/consortium lead for the program and ensure strong communication and coordination with and between all team members as a means to effectively achieve program objectives. Encourage transparency among and between members to promote coordination and effectiveness.

  • Lead the planning of project activities and set high quality performance targets ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.

  • Design strategies, partnerships and interventions to guarantee the project is gender- and ability-sensitive and that WV and implementing partners are accountable to beneficiaries.

  • Ensure grant management compliance for the project with donor and WV regulations.

  • Serve as the primary point of contact and collaboration for the team and in-country stakeholders, including USAID, implementation partners, government partners and other key stakeholders.

  • Ensure timely, high-quality and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor.

  • Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.


  • 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 government 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 SO IPG 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.

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

  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.


  • A Master's degree in related field or equivalent experience in grant management in developing countries.

  • 10+ years of management of international relief and development projects, emphasizing nutrition and WASH, in a developing country—ideally in Ethiopia.

  • Proven experience managing a project of similar or related nature, size, and complexity and demonstrated experience in management of large inter-disciplinary teams.

  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to support the various political entities in Ethiopia.

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

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.

  • Excellent managerial and operational experience, preferably in managing large donor projects involving coordination with multiple program partners or institutions in Ethiopia or the region.

  • Past experience of working with USG supported projects and knowledge of financial rules and regulations at a senior level.

  • Experience in developing program work-plans, budgets, managing implementation, staff and short-term technical assistance.

  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English, and verbal communication skills in one or more local Ethiopia languages.

  • Excellent past performance references (Three contacts should be provided with e- mail address, phone, title, name).

  • Experience in integrating teams of professionals around common goals and motivating through visionary leadership.

  • Excellent managerial and operational experience, preferably in managing large donor projects involving coordination with multiple program partners or institutions in Ethiopia or the region.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results and meet all donor deliverables.

  • Demonstrated strong analytical, managerial, leadership, communications and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated ability as primary liaison to large donors.

  • Proven ability in the management of large integrated programs in developing countries.

  • Managing inter-agency consortiums.

  • Familiarity with USG programs, their history and their development.

  • Mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.

  • Good understanding of USAID Food for Peace procurement processes and procedures.

  • Positive collaboration and facilitating skills with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.

  • Leadership of large and diverse teams; diplomacy.

  • Strong presentation skills, speaking and writing.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English.

  • Ability to communicate in local Ethiopia languages helpful.


  • Computer literate.

  • Ability to communicate in local Ethiopia languages helpful.

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

  • Attend and participate/lead in daily devotions and weekly Chapel services.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Working Environment/Travel:

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