CARE seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to be based in Niger for an anticipated Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) program. USAID has a goal of improving food and nutrition security and economic well-being in vulnerable populations in Niger by assisting people to identify and take advantage of transformational opportunities to learn, mitigate, adapt, invest, and thrive. This position will be based in Niamey, with frequent travel to the project areas.
International relocation and allowances are available for this position.
The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID/FFP or other international food security projects.
- Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
- Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
- Build partnerships among international -, national- and community-level stakeholders.
- Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID/FFP’s annual planning cycles.
- With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement.
- Represent the project at meetings, conferences, and other fora.
- Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field, including development studies, international relations, agriculture, nutrition, public health or related field.
- Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing management responsibilities in international development projects.
- Prior experience managing USAID-funded assistance projects of a similar size and scope in developing countries; experience managing multi-sectoral projects including agricultural development and maternal child health and nutrition.
- Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender and youth issues in food security programming and within staffing and management of the program.
- Experience with two or more of the following types of programs is an advantage: WASH, climate change/disaster risk reduction, livelihoods (farm and/or non-farm), maternal child health and nutrition, or community resilience.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Demonstrated experience in adaptive management and learning techniques is strongly desired.
- Demonstrated experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff.
- Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with maintaining high levels of quality despite demanding reporting schedules and short deadlines for deliverables. Ability to review and ensure accuracy of complex budget and expenditure formats.
- Fluency in English and French are required. Ability to travel within project areas of Niger as needed and as security allows.
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