Chief of Party

from Land O'Lakes International Development
Closing date: 30 Jan 2017

Chief of Party

Sri Lanka


Land O’Lakes International Development is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to be a global leader in transforming lives by engaging in agriculture and enterprise partnerships that replace poverty with prosperity, and dependency with self-reliance. We leverage Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s near-century of history by engaging in international agriculture and economic development programs, implementing more than 280 programs in 80 countries since 1981.

Project Description:

Land O'Lakes International Development seeks candidates for the Chief of Party position for an anticipated USAID-funded youth skills development for economic growth project in Sri Lanka. The projected four-year project will partner with businesses and public, private, and faith based vocational training institutions to build a skilled workforce to serve key growth sectors.

Position Summary and Primary Responsibilities:

The Chief of Party will provide overall strategic vision, management and direction, including 1) successful implementation of the project and achievement of results, on time and within budget; 2) forging connections between private sector companies and public, private, and faith-based TVET institutions, including working within governmental systems to improve TVET processes with private sector partners; 3) supervision, mentoring and development of project staff; 4) management of project workload including all financial, planning, administrative compliance and reporting, and monitoring and evaluation; and 5) representation of the project to the donor, relevant Government institutions, community groups, NGOs, and private-sector partners. S/he will report to Land O’Lakes’ Regional Program Director.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in economics, business, education, or related field or equivalent work experience.

  • Minimum of five years as Chief of Party or equivalent senior level work experience for a donor funded workforce development project.

  • Proven ability to manage and develop strategic partnerships between private industry and TVET institutions.

  • Proven ability to manage challenging projects working collaboratively with public and private stakeholders.

  • Proven ability to manage short- and long-term staff, and develop the capacity of diverse working teams.

  • Experience working with education and training institutions for work readiness and technical training focused on youth employment required.

  • South Asia experience working on youth and workforce development projects strongly desired.

  • Direct working experience in and a deep understanding of working context in Sri Lanka preferred.

  • Fluency in English is required.

Please note only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Land O'Lakes enforces a policy

of maintaining a drug-free workforce.