Chief of party

Chemonics, Zambia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th April, 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a chief of party for USAID’s upcoming five-year Zambia Alternatives to Charcoal project. The purpose of this activity is to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in biodiverse-significant areas by promoting alternatives to charcoal. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, technical direction, and oversight for all project activities and results
  • Serve as the project’s official liaison to USAID (and other donors as applicable), civil society organizations, local government officials, local partners, and universities to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of activity objectives and achievements
  • Build innovative partnerships and promote sustainable initiatives
  • Ensure project assistance is technically sound and appropriate, meeting planned targets and the timely completion of deliverables as well as ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and Chemonics’ policies
  • Oversee work planning, performance management, and strategic communications
  • Supervise the project’s technical and operations staff
  • Provide technical oversight and supervision of subcontractors and grantees, as required


  • Advanced degree (master’s level or equivalent) in natural resource management, forestry, renewable energy, or related field
  • Minimum 10 years of experience implementing and coordinating large, complex projects in natural resource management or biodiversity conservation, with a focus on forestry, renewable energy, low emissions development, or alternative livelihoods development
  • Minimum five years of managing similarly sized international donor support programs with strong, demonstrated skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting
  • Minimum five years of experience working with senior government officials, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders in natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, or enforcement of conservation regulations
  • Knowledge of Zambia’s environmental, social, cultural, political, and development context and an understanding of the forestry and energy sectors in Zambia strongly preferred
  • Experience in sub-Saharan Africa required; experience in Zambia preferred
  • Experience with USAID and/or other international donors preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills to coordinate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Fluency in written and oral English required
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity


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