Chief of Party, Improving Governance in Haiti Program

RTI International, Haiti

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th June, 2018

Job Description

RTI's Governance and Economic Development (GED) Division pursues innovative approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for and to promote democratic governance and economic development. Working alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government. We believe an integrated approach using cross-sectoral strategies—incorporating service delivery and the social sectors, such as health and education—achieve the best results. Our goal is to help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government.

The GED Division is currently accepting applications for Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded governance support activity in Haiti to support the government of Haiti, civil society, and the private sector in addressing core governance challenges to effectively respond to citizen needs. This position will be a full-time role based in Haiti.

The COP is responsible for leading all aspects of contract performance, providing technical guidance to all tasks under the contract, and representing the project’s activities as a whole to external audiences. He/She will ensure close collaboration and teamwork across the project components to make sure they complement each other; and be responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overall management of the project including technical, administrative, operational and logistical management;
  • Responsible for leading the strategic planning for the program, including annual work plans; ensure close coordination with USAID and program partners and stakeholders;
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relations with a broad range of government counterparts;
  • Confer with USAID management on strategic issues to maximize impact and scale, minimize costs, and maximize efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements. Serve as primary liaison with USAID, the GOH (Government of Haiti) and RTI home office;
  • Oversee project management, technical work, scheduling, and deadlines associated with the project.  Ability to assign specific tasks and duties as necessary to fulfill deliverables;
  • Ensure all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, including cost, schedule and quality parameters;
  • Ensure the timely and quality completion of all program deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines;
  • Is responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and administration of the project;
  • Directly supervise and mentor project staff;
  • Direct and supervise the performance and delivery of services by both international and national subcontractors.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Public Finance; Political Science, International Relations, Development, or related area.
  • At least 12 years of experience in the implementation and management of international donor- (including USAID-) funded governance, decentralization, municipal support, and civil society strengthening components projects with at least 5 years in a senior-level management position.
  • Experience in governance improvement methodologies, government capacity development, decentralization, or institutional strengthening programs in Haiti.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive technical expertise in one or more of the following: local governance capacity building; municipal and regional planning and governance, legislative and policy analysis; decentralization; institutional capacity building; public financial management or public administration.
  • Reputation for professional excellence including outstanding strategic planning and management skills (as evidenced by references and achievements).
  • Exceptional communications and presentation skills (oral and written).
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Verbal and written fluency in French and English, along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Additional proficiency in Créole will be preferred.


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