The Liberia Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) project will improve Liberia’s decentralization conditions and capacity by linking improved government performance with stronger accountability to citizens. LEGIT will align government supply of services with citizen-driven demand, using robust performance indicators to allow Government of Liberia (GoL) partners and citizens to measure government effectiveness. This will result in strengthened GoL ability to plan, manage, and deliver services with meaningful citizen participation.
The Chief of Party will serve as the lead interlocutor between USAID and the LEGIT project team, applying a Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) theory to improving government performance and citizen engagement in Liberia. He will work closely with Liberian government partners and project staff to identify key issues, develop recommendations, and test solutions. The COP will manage efforts to collaborate with a broad set of stakeholders, including government representatives, civil society, the private sector, and other donors.
Responsibilities and Key Tasks:
- Provide overall leadership, management and technical direction of the entire program to ensure an integrated vision and successful achievement of LEGIT objectives;
- Identify issues and risks related to program implementation and suggest appropriate program adjustments;
- Serve as primary liaison between USAID and all other counterparts, implementing partners, program stakeholders, private sector entities, and DAI home office management on all program-related matters;
- Responsible for annual work planning development process, implementation of workplan activities, and delivery of annual targets;
- Ensure all program technical activities are cohesive and mutually supportive;
- Offer technical assistance and guidance as appropriate to achieve LEGIT program targets;
- Submit timely, high quality project deliverables to USAID and DAI;
- Work with LEGIT local partners to ensure they are successfully achieving their SOWs, raising any issues to the HO as needed; and
- Identify short-term technical and operational consulting requirements and prepare draft SOWs as needed.
- Serve as Director of the LEGIT project, directly supervising approximately 25 Expat and local staff;
- Work closely with DAI’s Home Office team;
- Raise any risks or concerns with DAI’s Home Office in a timely manner;
- Meet LEGIT financial goals reflected in quarterly corporate forecast budgets;
- Contribute to project pipeline analysis, providing input into the quarterly ETC review process and LEGIT budget realignments;
- Oversee multiple activities simultaneously, including hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising local personnel;
- Build the capacity of local staff in both technical and managerial skills;
- Ensure compliance with Liberian labor law, USAID policies, and DAI policies and procedures; and
- Represent LEGIT, USAID, and DAI at public conferences, forums, and events.
The Chief of Party will directly supervise the Grants Manager, Capacity Development and Field Manager, Government Advisor, Civil Society Advisor, and Finance and Administration Manager.
- S/he must have an advanced degree (master’s or higher) in social sciences, international development, management, or a related field.
- S/he must have a minimum of 10 years professional experience in development at a senior program management level, including direct supervision of professional and support staff.
- At least 5 years developing country work experience preferred.
- S/he must have previous work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, with long term work experience in Liberia preferred.
- S/he must have demonstrated experience in working effectively with sub-national and/or local governments in developing contexts, and capabilities in supporting decentralization, and convening multi-stakeholder processes.
- S/he must have proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized donor-supported programs, with skills in high level strategic visioning and leadership, and preferably must have experience in managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple partner institutions.
- S/he must have strong communication skills, including interpersonal and in written and oral English.
- S/he must have the proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and the ability to lead multidisciplinary teams.