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CHIEF OF PARTY

Job Description

POSITION: CHIEF OF PARTY

*Position is contingent upon donor approval*

PURPOSE OF POSITION

World Vision is looking for Chief of Party (CoP) for an upcoming Zimbabwe USAID Family Planning Reproductive Maternal New Born Adolescent and Child Health (FP/RMNACH) Opportunity.

The Chief of Party (CoP) has overall responsibility for the leadership and management of all grant activities, Consortium members and staff. The incumbent has principal responsibility for representation for the projects to USAID and local Government entities and 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.

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.

The applicant must demonstrate strong experience in sub-grantee management, including building the capacity of local organizations, stakeholder relationship management and sub-grantees in U.S. government (USG) - supported grants. Coaching, advising, and enforcement are essential functions of this position. As the focus of this project is enhanced access to and utilization of quality family planning/reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (FP/RMNCAH) services, the most competitive candidates will have experience in (FP/RMNCAH) programs

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.

  • 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 AND ABILITIES

  • A Master's degree in Health, Nutrition, International Development or equivalent

  • 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects in developing countries.

  • Experience in managing a Health programme will be an added advantage.

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Excellent managerial and operational experience, preferably in managing large donor projects involving coordination with multiple program partners or institutions in Zimbabwe or the region.

  • Past experience of working with USG supported projects and knowledge of financial rules and regulations at a senior level.

  • Experience in developing program work-plans, budgets, managing implementation, staff and short-term technical assistance.

  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English, and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent past performance references (Three contacts should be provided with e- mail address, phone, title, name).