Chief of Party
Creative Associates International
About the organization
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
Creative seeks a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID/OTI-funded project focusing on countering violent extremism in northern Mozambique.
In USAID/OTI programs, the Chief of Party commonly serves the traditional responsibilities of a Chief Operating Officer and is not a traditional Chief of Party role due to the USAID/OTI-Contractor relationship and key decision-making processes. The COP will likely be based in Maputo.
Qualities: Based on USAID/OTI’s experiences, a strong COP for an USAID/OTI SWIFT Program should:
•Be willing to have close, daily collaboration with USAID/OTI’s in-country staff.
•Take programmatic and strategic direction from USAID/OTI staff.
•Have strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to mentor staff.
•Be a “hands on” manager who is actively engaged in all aspects of program management.
•Understand USAID/OTI’s need for direct program communication with all program staff.
•Have demonstrated past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming ideally.
•Be flexible to potential changes in program objectives and shifting political contingencies.
•Relevant work experience, including experience with a donor, contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program;
•A minimum of seven (7) years of experience working in complex, high-speed and challenging field operations in developing countries. At least one (1) year of this experience shall include managing these field operations;
•A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience;
•Experience with programs that provide quick delivery of assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity;
•Experience with grant management, preferably in-kind and small grants;
•Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment;
•Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out is desired, but not required;
•Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs;
•Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting); and procurement;
•Experience with activity design, development, and implementation;
•Fluency in written and spoken English required, with Portuguese proficiency highly desired;
•Knowledge of programming in Mozambique and/or sub-Saharan Africa highly desired, but not required.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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