Chief of Party
Chief of Party – Democratic Republic of Congo
FHI 360 is seeking qualified Chief of Party (COP) candidates for an anticipated USAID project to focus on flexible and responsive education services for conflict affected children and youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The COP will serve as the project’s technical and administrative director, overseeing all aspects of award compliance, project finance and operations, coordinated implementation of activities, and timely submission of high-quality reports and deliverables. The COP will provide technical direction and quality oversight for the design and implementation of activities that increase the capacity of education authorities to plan, manage, and oversee education services in areas impacted by violence and displaced populations. This individual will guide the development and implementation of strategies to ensure the availability of appropriate instructional materials and trained teachers needed to provide conflict-sensitive, flexible, and high quality basic education that addresses the academic and emotional needs of students.
The COP will oversee a core project team that includes senior technical, monitoring and evaluation, finance, and operations personnel, and will serve as primary liaison with USAID, government counterparts, and key stakeholder representatives.
- Providing technical direction and oversight of project activities
- Maintaining positive relations with the client, government counterparts, and program partners
- Promoting clear and constructive communications with the client to ensure a shared vision for project activities and outcomes, address implementation challenges, and encourage the sharing of best practices and project successes
- Overseeing that project activities are compliant with the approved work plan and that project results are aligned with the project monitoring plan
- Ensuring the accuracy and technical quality of all project deliverables, including periodic performance reports, financial and technical reports, training materials, and instructional materials
- Supervising in-country project personnel, including senior technical, finance, and operations personnel
- Engaging corporate support units (in country and at corporate headquarters) for technical and administrative support, as needed
- Bachelor's Degree required but Master’s degree in education, international development, or related field strongly preferred;
- 12 years of relevant project management experience providing technical leadership to major donor funded education in conflict and crisis projects;
- 5 years of senior project leadership of USAID or US government funded projects;
- Demonstrated understanding of USAID rules and regulations, as well as project compliance;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively work with USAID and international donors, government counterparts, and project stakeholders;
- Proven ability to work effectively in challenging and potentially unsafe environments;
- Experience working in education in emergencies environments with proven adaptive management capabilities;
- Excellent team building and supervisory skills;
- Fluency in written and spoken French and English.
- Technical and/or project management experience in the education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in DRC or other Francophone African countries
Proven ability to work and manage activities in challenging environments, specifically locations with shifting security and uncertain political contexts
Willingness to travel throughout DRC, including rural areas and locations with limited security infrastructure
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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