Chief of Party (COP), Mozambique

18232-18N09079
Maputo City
05-Mar-21
International Role - Yes
2+ Years

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

*Please submit your CV in English.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision seeks qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party (CoP) for the expected USAID-funded ADVANCING GIRLS EDUCATION in Mozambique. This position will be based in Maputo, Mozambique or other location in the project target areas.

The anticipated Mozambique Advancing Girls’ Education (AGE) Program will increase the safety of girls in school through mobilizing communities to expand girls’ access to quality education and to improve learning outcomes for girls in upper primary and secondary grades. Specifically, the anticipated five-year activity will focus on increasing school safety, learning outcomes, and transition of girls in grades 7-12; improving girls’ sexual and reproductive education; and strengthening professional development for teachers.

The Chief of Party (CoP) is responsible for the overall implementation and oversight of project activities including staff supervision and team management, adaptive planning, budgeting, monitoring and learning. The CoP will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and local government entities, as well partnership and sub partners relations. For management, the CoP must have proven leadership skills managing projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries. The CoP must have prior experience effectively managing USAID development activities.

The CoP must have prior experience working in Mozambique or the Southern Africa region, familiarity with the country’s social landscape, and demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.

The CoP must have demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff, as well as experience managing programmatic and financial reporting. S/he must understand and demonstrate commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in Education programming and within staff and management of the activity. Demonstrate experience in adaptive management and learning techniques is highly encouraged.

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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation and quality assurance.

  • Build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.

  • Ensure appropriate project quality support to consortium members through purpose leads.

  • Oversee that bottlenecks and challenges to project impact are addressed at various levels of stakeholders using forums such as Technical Working Groups, donor/government led coordination meetings and meetings with consortium member project managers.

  • In collaboration with partners' Project Managers, design and facilitate regular project learning events with consortium partners and other key stakeholders, ensuring that lessons of sound practice are documented and disseminated through project implementation and review.

  • 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.

  • Ensure grant/project budget is managed 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.

  • Escalate grant management issues early and openly; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.

  • Perform other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • A Master’s degree in development studies, international relations, education, life skills, public health, business administration, or a related field. 5 years of applicable experience can substitute for a master’s degree.

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing management responsibility of similar education activities and in managing complex internations, preferrable USAID, funded projects in challenging environments.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, preferably USAID rules and regulations.

  • Proven ability in the management of large integrated grant-funded projects in developing countries.

  • Proven ability to manage technical teams and to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.

  • S/he must understand and demonstrate commitment to the importance of gender, social inclusion, and youth issues in education programming and within staff and management of the activity.

  • Demonstrate experience in adaptive management and learning techniques is highly encouraged.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; Portuguese is an advantage.

  • Strong planning, budgeting and organisational skills.

  • Strong knowledge of financial management and accounting principles.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with a detail orientation.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, partners and private sector actors

  • Experience working/living in countries in Southern Africa. Familiarity with the context of Mozambique.

  • Strong verbal communication skills, strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Word and Excel, or other similar software.

  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.

  • Experience as a CoP/Project Directoror senior expert advisor required.

  • Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.

  • Fluency in English. Fluency in Portuguese will be an added advantage.

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

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and learning techniques is highly encouraged.

  • Previous experience with Multi-sectoral Education Project preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing alliances with the private sector is desirable.

  • Familiarity with and commitment to addressing gender equality in project sectors is required, as demonstrated by at least two years of senior-level experience working on projects that addressed gender-related constraints.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Mandatory travels to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.

  • Travel to the United States WVUS Washington, DC Office to meet with donors and other stakeholders.