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Chief of Party, South Sudan

Job Description

*Position is contigent upon funding and donor approval.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The Chief of Party (CoP) has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of all grant activities and staff. S/he has principal responsibility for representation for the projects to the donor 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 South Sudan.

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.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.

  • Perform other duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

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

  • Five (5)+ years (depending on donor requirements) of extensive international development experience managing large grants’ requirements.

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with USAID international assistance program requirements.

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

  • Proven ability in the management of large integrated programs 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 skills.

  • Experience of leading large and diverse teams.

  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex conflict or post-conflict environment.

  • Experience as a CoP or senior expert advisor required.

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

  • Fluency in English.

Preferred:

  • Familiarity working in South Sudan context 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.