Chief of Party (COP), Knowledge, Data, Learning, and Training

Crown Agents USA, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
8 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2018

Job Description

Crown Agents USA, Inc. (CA-USA) is seeking a Chief of Party candidate for an anticipated USAID/BFS Feed the Future Knowledge, Data, Learning, and Training (KDLT) project to be based in Washington, DC or an alternative implementation area.

Crown Agents USA

We are change agents for greater global prosperity, delivering practical innovations in  economic governance and trade; humanitarian solutions and food security, health systems, monitoring, evaluation, and learning; and, supply chain  as a partner of the US Government.

As a subsidiary of  Crown Agents Limited , we leverage the expertise, resources, and network amassed from over 180 years of international development experience. Crown Agents works in 100+ countries, with on-the-ground presence in more than 35 and 13 permanent corporate offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We are wholly owned by a nonprofit foundation, allowing us to combine corporate agility with a commitment to reinvesting our profits in transforming lives.

Located in Washington, DC and incorporated in 1998, Crown Agents USA provides technical assistance and support to clients such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the U.S. Department of State (DoS), and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

Role & Responsibilities

The KDLT Program will focus on designing and delivering specialized, responsive, and well-integrated mechanism to increase its capacity for and quality of knowledge-sharing, data management and analysis, organizational learning, and training, in support of adaptive management of Feed the Future, in alignment with the Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS). The COP of the KDLT Program will be responsible for the implementation, programmatic direction and leadership of a highly complex and strategic project to successful outcome of all project deliverables. The COP will ensure responsiveness to the client and other stakeholders, be engaged in work planning, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, performance management, strategic communication, and new business opportunity activities. Lead the project's technical direction and provide management oversight in order to achieve completion of all project deliverables profitably, timely, and in accordance with client regulations, CA-USA policy and the highest standards of integrity and transparency.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Ensure quality control, accountability, and compliance with the donor and client’s regulations and CA-USA policy and procedure for all project tasks;
  • Coordinate technical work and ensure support for activities and implementing partners. Establish scopes of work for consultants, subcontractors, and short term technical assistance; identifying capacity gaps in programmatic areas which will require additional technical expertise, capacity improvement, and personnel;
  • Responsible for evaluating and documenting progress, managing design and evaluation teams, evaluating sub-contractors’ activities through consultative meetings and site visits, working out solutions to keep the activity on track and providing overall guidance and direction focusing the team on achieving agreed targets and communicating long-term strategic objectives;
  • Provide programmatic expertise, leadership and oversight for technical activities including specific project related activities;
  • Responsible for creating and managing a performance monitoring program including data gathering, trend analysis, project milestones and effective  preparation of written project reports to client, stakeholders, and home office;
  • Identify any risks, issues, and capacity gaps and effectively communicate them with the home office project team, coordinate approved solutions, and manage outcomes;
  • The COP will act as the primary point of contact with the specific client and donor, the specific country’s government/ministry officials and other stakeholders, ensuring the project activities and deliverables are effectively communicated and relationships with the client and stakeholders are fostered;
  • Oversee and develop a team of long and short term expatriate and locally hired professionals as well as conduct the performance review process;
  • The COP will provide dynamic leadership, long-term strategic vision, and mentorship to the team using the highest standard of personal intelligence, transparency and accountability;
  • Strategically identify, evaluate and seek opportunities to collaborate with in-country partners as well as funding sources to expand programmatic objectives;
  • Successfully represent CA-USA’s and the project’s best interests to government officials, partners and the specific donor and client in the cooperating country;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree in international development or a related field preferred;
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience managing large, multi-faceted USAID-funded project;
  • Demonstrated leadership in knowledge management, organizational learning, and program monitoring in an international development context. This includes a proven ability to understand client needs, develop appropriate solutions, lead large teams, and manage complex programs;
  • Fluency in English is required; bilingual abilities desired;
  • Previous experience as a COP or Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) on USAID projects in a related technical areas;
  • Previous experience as a proactive manager with a strong reputation for delivering measurable results and developing good collaborative working relationships with counterparts, other implementing partners and international organizations or donors;
  • Knowledge of USAID reporting, operations, structure and administrative practices is required;
  • Knowledge of agriculture, Feed the Future programming, and/or food security is preferred;
  • Must demonstrate personal attributes such as loyalty and integrity, which is inherent in this position.

Crown Agents USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and affords equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.


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