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Chief of Party, Mozambique

11484-17N09077
Nampula City

*Position is contingent upon funding and donor approval.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Transform Nutrition will be USAID/Mozambique's flagship activity supporting the development of a comprehensive multi-sector approach to nutrition through programming modeled in select Districts and Communities in Nampula.

The goal of this activity is to strengthen the provision of quality evidence-based interventions that affect the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, adolescents and children less than two years of age. The activity will include elements of hygiene and sanitation.

The Chief of Party (CoP)/ Programme Director (PD) will have overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff, including the work of sub-recipients. S/he will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and local government entities.

The CoP/PD shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work carefully and collaboratively to support the various entities in Mozambique. S/he shall be expected to have regular and transparent communication with the AOR.

S/he will manage a team of senior staff, sub-recipients, and engagement with stakeholders and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the grant. The CoP/PD is expected to have strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of technical and management expertise.

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.

CoP/PD level I would have matrix relationship to the Grant Acquisition Management (GAM) director/Lead at the National Office (NO) level and National Director (ND)/Ops Director Please note that this position is contingent upon donor approval and award of grant.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 government 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 and national governmental 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • A Master's degree in related field or equivalent qualifications in grant management and a technical field in developing countries, ideally in Southern Africa.

  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects, preferably in the field of Public Health and/or Nutrition and WaSH.

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, must have experience managing USAID and/or other funding agencies (Global Fund and other multilateral agencies); their policies and regulations.

  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of Nampula and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in Mozambique.

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

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

  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.

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

  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.

  • Experience of leading large and diverse teams.

  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment of minimum $25 million.

  • Experience as a CoP/PD or senior expert advisor required.

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

  • Fluency in Portuguese and English required.

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

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.

  • Experience leading a Nutrition and/or WaSH USAID-funded grant of $25 million preferred.

  • Work experience within same country or similar context required.

Work Environment/Travel:

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