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CoP, Myanmar-Advancing Community Empowerment

Job Description

*This position is contingent upon award of the USAID Advancing Community Empowerment in South East Myanmar Grant.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for the proposed USAID-funded Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeast Myanmar (ACESM). The project will result in services that are provided in a way that is inclusive and respectful of the Myanmar’s diverse communities, enhance cooperation and linkages between state and community stakeholders, and promote decision making that is more responsive and accountable to communities. To achieve this goal, this Activity will pursue the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: Community vulnerabilities reduced;

  • Objective 2: Community participation strengthened; and

  • Objective 3: Local governance systems strengthened.

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, Humanitarian Affairs, Public Administration, or other relevant field.

  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects, preferably in Myanmar, preferably with a budget of $20 million or more.

  • Successful track record in supervising, designing, managing, and implementing donor-funded technical assistance projects for local governance strengthening.

  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including local authorities, officials in government, local government, civic leaders, business and international donors.

  • Deep understanding of the political and economic situation in Myanmar and of the current local context and governance environment.

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.

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

  • 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, fluency in English.

  • 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.

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

Preferred:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.

Work Environment/Travel:

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