Chief of Party (COP), RISEN
Social Solutions International
About the organization
Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a Hispanic and woman-owned business emphasizing quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.
Social Solutions seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for the anticipated RISEN activity. The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID/Washington and host country USAID Missions on all technical, operational, and administrative matters. The COP is expected to coordinate and be responsible for all award management and implementation tasks and to serve as the main point of contact to USAID’s Contracting Officer and the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). The COP will also be responsible for ensuring quality control and the overall responsiveness of technical assistance provided under the award, and ensure the activity is fully staffed and its structure and performance is able to deliver high-quality workplan, reports, and other technical and financial reports and all deliverables as per the Contract. The COP will supervise staff, subcontractors, short- and long-term consultants and other technical assistance involved in the Activity implementation. Additionally:
-Provide overall vision, technical leadership, and management for the activity
-Serve as the main point of contact with USAID, implementing partners, and other stakeholders
-Oversee performance monitoring, finance and operations for the activity
-Ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations, as well as Social Solutions internal policies
-Minimum of 10 years of experience in staff and program management, including overseeing operations, staffing, contracts, procurement, finance, and other aspects of development program management
-Advanced degree in international relations, international development, private sector engagement, human resources, or another related field
-Prior USAID Chief of Party or Project Director experience is required
-Knowledge and networks of contacts in relevant organizations in development and the private sector
-Experience managing a diverse, multicultural team in an insecure, remote, conflict, and foreign environment and for USAID
-Financial management experience, including budget, audit, finance, procurement, and reporting
-Understanding of USG FAR and USAID ADS contracts, grants, and compliance
-Ability to communicate effectively in English (verbal and written) and present and respond to information requests on a regular basis to USAID
-Experience recruiting and successfully managing consultants, and ensuring the quality of their products
-Permanent U.S. work authorization required
The USAID-funded Research and Innovation for Sustainable, Evidence-based Nutrition (RISEN) activity will require continual learning, dissemination of accrued knowledge, corresponding adjustment, and an adaptation of food assistance that will require ongoing attention and commitment. Three generations of FAQR awards have contributed meaningfully to the delivery of food assistance and the continuous refinement of USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)’s programs to meet the nutritional needs of affected populations through improvements and innovations in products and processes. RISEN will re-emphasize the programming aspects of food assistance-driven nutrition programs while focusing on product innovation and process improvement, and will assist USAID in coordinating disparate humanitarian, development, and private sector stakeholders across varied technical domains related to food assistance.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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