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Chief of Party/Project Director

Job Description

World Vision Zambia Limited is seeking to recruit a qualified candidate who is motivated and result oriented to fill the following positions under the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Strengthening the Capacity of Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) in Accelerating a Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Providing HIV/AIDS/TB/STI Care, Treatment and Prevention Services in Zambia Project:

PROJECT DIRECTOR/CHIEF OF PARTY

PURPOSE:Chief of Party (CoP)/ Project Director (PD) will have overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff. 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/he will also provide 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.

MAJOR 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 and 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 US Government, local and national governmental authorities, local NGOs, community organizations, Facilitate learning of best practices on programs technical areas and other donor organizations.

  • Provide vision and strategic technical leadership for the project.

  • Close cooperation with National Office Grants Acquisition & Management (GAM) lead for implementation of the GAM objectives as well as close collaboration within the National Office 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.

EDUCATION/KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE

  • Masters level degree required in international development, leadership, political science, education, or a relevant social science discipline or equivalent qualifications in grant management and a technical field in developing countries.

  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams.

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

  • Keen understanding of the unique political dynamics of the country and ability to work carefully and collaboratively to maintain productive relationships with the various government entities in (country of the grant).

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

  • Familiarity with [DONOR] programs, their history and their development; mastery of US Government 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.

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

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

  • Fluency in English and the relevant other UN language, if it is officially used in the country

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

  • Christian commitment and respect for Christian ethos in the workplace is a must.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: 30% Field based, 70% Office work

  • Travel: Local travel and as need arise international

  • On call: Preparedness to work outside normal working hours

Women are encouraged to apply. Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.