Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Position Title: Chief of Party, Strengthening Oversight and Accountability of Resources (SOAR)
Dept/Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Reports To: Country Representative
Anticipated Start Date: September, 2015
Note: The position is contingent upon successful acquisition of the contract.
About CRS: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
Overview: CRS seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated 5-year Governance and Capacity Building program from the US Government's Agency for International Development (USAID). The COP will lead the in-country management and implementation components of the program.
The purpose of the Strengthening Oversight and Accountability of Resources (SOAR) project is to improve service delivery and accountability by strengthening procurement, audit, and internal control functions in targeted ministries. These ministries include Health, Community Development, Mother and Child Health, and Education. Proposed activities are supported by analyses within the sector and findings from the Public Financial Management, Risk Assessment Framework (PFMRAF) conducted recently by USAID/Zambia.
The COP will oversee the day-to-day operations for the project in Zambia. S/he will ensure the timely planning and implementation of activities, provide technical and strategic guidance to CRS and partner staff, monitor budget expenditures and reporting, and deliver high quality monitoring, evaluation and learning performance to achieve the project's objectives. The COP will establish and reinforce key relationships with USAID representatives, government entities, and other sector stakeholders. The COP will report to the Country Representative to harmonize interventions within the agency's broader project portfolio.
The successful candidate will be a strong decision-maker, an adept manager who is deliverable-oriented, a technical expert in one or more governance and capacity building areas, and have the capacity to manage a team of direct reports in Zambia, as well as to coordinate multiple partner organizations.
I. Program Management:
Ensure that the program delivers quality technical programming, according to national and international standards.
Lead the in-country project team in achieving program targets.
Oversee and support in-country partners' performance based on sub-contract deliverables.
Assure that monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes are standardized throughout consortium partners to successfully manage knowledge on the project.
Ensure regular monitoring of activities and submit timely feedback to USAID and partners. .
Provide timely preparation and submission of high quality reports.
Work with in-country, regional, and HQ staff to ensure clear, strategic direction in technical areas.
II. Finance and Administration:
Provide strong budget management and oversight to quickly identify problems and take corrective action.
Ensure program compliance with CRS policies and procedures and USAID regulations.
Ensure accurate and timely reporting of program finances and the status of activities. Review actual financial performance against the budget, USAID contract, and partner sub-contracts.
Ensure strong communication and coordination with the Government and other WASH agencies throughout program areas.
Work in coordination with the CRS in-country staff, CRS Finance department and Management Quality teams to ensure good stewardship of resources and appropriate budget management.
III. Representation and Advocacy:
Act as primary in-country project contact to USAID and other local and international stakeholders.
Ensure the consortium's presence and active participation in coordination meetings in the WASH and education sectors.
Facilitate and document lessons learned and best practices within the consortium to realize improved WASH outcomes.
Organize learning and sharing opportunities between program and external stakeholders on a regular basis.
Oversee program communication strategies, including compliance with USAID's branding and marketing requirements as well as CRS' marketing and communication procedures.
IV. Human Resource Management:
Oversee the hiring, orientation, and training of key staff to build a technically strong, well supported, motivated team.
Provide direction and technical advice through quarterly coaching sessions and daily support.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
Serves with Integrity
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
Supervisory Responsibilities: Both CRS and consortium staff members at the country level.
Internal: Country Representative, Regional and HQ contracting staff, consortium staff
External: Consortium agencies, local USAID Mission, consortium staff, other stakeholders
Master's in Business Administration (MBA) or Master's degree preferably in one of the following areas: finance, economics, international trade, trade policy, procurement, law, international relations or a related field.
Previous experience serving in an advisory capacity to high level government officials on trade, economic policy, technology, or competitiveness desired.
Significant technical understanding of public financial management; policy advocacy experience; and strong knowledge or working experience providing assistance to Government/Ministry counterparts preferably in developing countries; African countries strongly preferred.
At least ten years of relevant experience, eight of which shall be in developing countries.
At least three years of work history as a Chief of Party or significant senior management responsibilities for a major donor funded project required.
Fluency in written and spoken English required.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
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