Deputy Chief of Party

from Creative Associates International
Closing date: 24 Oct 2019

Position Summary:

Creative is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for a donor-funded project proposal that seeks to address electoral reform in Liberia. The DCOP will be based in Monrovia, Liberia and will have overall management responsibility for the project. The project will support the deepening of democracy in Liberia so that elected representatives can increasingly govern in the interest of their constituents by implementing interventions under three integrated strategic approaches: Promoting increased accountable leadership of marginalized groups in the political process; (2) supporting the institutionalization of civic education; and (3) building capacity of the National Elections Commission and civil society organizations to independently manage and oversee all stages of the electoral cycle.

Reporting & Supervision:

This position reports to Chief of Party.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Strategic direction of the project implemented effectively and on budget in a way that achieves project objectives.
  • Project activities conducted in a results-oriented and integrated manner.
  • Programmatic partner(s) integrated into programmatic approach.

Primary Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party is responsible for:

  • Programmatic aspects of the program. S/he or his or her designee will supervise the activity development staff and other staff involved in activity development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting;
  • Ensuring appropriate implementation of program strategy;
  • Ensuring that procedures are established and complied with for activity development, activity worthiness, activity implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation, and closing;
  • Working with the COP and local staff to improve implementation processes throughout the program;
  • Serving as the COP’s primary point of contact for current information about the status of activity design and implementation;
  • Identifying program opportunities and potential local partners;
  • Acting as the Chief of Party when s/he is absent from the program; and
  • Performing additional tasks as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • A minimum of six (6) years of experience implementing democracy and governance programming, with significant experience in elections and political processes, civic engagement/civil society, governance, or institutional development, in a development country context, of which two (2) years must be experience in a management role;
  • Significant experience in democracy consolidation environments, preferably in Liberia and/or West Africa, and a demonstrated record of success in such politically sensitive environments;
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation for comprehensive election-related projects;
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop solid working relationships with programmatic partners, senior government officials, local governments, and civil society organizations, and to coordinate with other donors.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • University degree in a relevant field; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Capacity to understand and analyze national, regional, and local politics in Liberia;
  • Capacity to guide the program staff in creatively designing grants that relate to the current environment in Liberia;
  • Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting); and procurement;
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to work and multi-task under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with culturally and geographically diverse staff;
  • Experience in producing civic and voter education materials;
  • Experience in gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Experience engaging youth in political and electoral processes; and
  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in a relevant field.

Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.