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Chief of Party - Syria


*Position contingent upon funding and donor approval.


World Vision seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for the proposed USAID-funded Supporting Livelihoods in Syria activity. The project will contribute to building resiliency at the household and community levels in Southern Syria through strengthened food security and livelihood opportunities. To achieve this goal, this project will pursue the following strategic objectives:

  • Strengthen Agricultural and Livestock Production

  • Strengthen Livelihood Opportunities and Value Chains Critical to Food Security

  • Improve Water Management, Irrigation and Land Use Techniques and

  • Learning and Data Collection

The Chief of Party shall provide overall team management, technical direction, administrative coordination, operations oversight, and client relations.


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

  • Direct and oversee grant implementation and sub-grantees, 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 grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and SO staff.

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

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

  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID, local authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, Facilitate learning of best practices on program’s technical areas and other donor organizations.

  • Provide vision and strategic technical leadership for the project.

  • 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.


  • A Master's degree or equivalent qualifications in international affairs, social science, or a related field.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, analytic skills, interpersonal skills, team management skills.

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the humanitarian, development, or transition field. Within the 10 years of experience, the Chief of Party must have at least five years of experience managing teams and at least three years of experience working in conflict zones.

  • Previous experience managing expatriate and local staff in conflict zones.

  • Previous experience on programs implemented in Syria is highly desirable.

  • Previous experience managing sub-contractors is highly desirable.

  • Previous experience implementing a U.S. Government program is desirable.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of Arabic is a plus.

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


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, analytic skills, interpersonal skills, team management skills.

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.

  • Experience in managing USAID funded grants.

Work Environment/Travel:

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