Deputy Chief of Party

Counterpart International, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th July, 2017

Job Description

Counterpart International helps people build better lives and more durable futures, community by community. We equip individuals, organizations and communities-our counterparts- to become solution creators in their own families, communities, regions and countries. We work with them in some of the world’s most challenging places to tackle social, economic, environmental, health and governance issues that threaten their lives and undermine their futures.

Job Profile:

  • Counterpart International is currently seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded program in Sri Lanka to strengthen the technical capacity and financial sustainability of civil society organizations (CSOs) and their ability to constructively engage the public as well as government as a key driver of reform in Sri Lanka. The program will build cooperation among CSOs, including between Colombo and provincial and local-level CSOs and authorities, and expand CSO partnerships and consultative processes with the Government of Sri Lanka, to improve the civil society enabling environment, and secure space for civil society engagement on policy reforms.
  • The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will provide overall day-to-day management and coordination of project technical personnel and functions, including ensuring that appropriate technical and financial reporting requirements are met. S/he will be expected to interact regularly with project and Mission staff, as well as with CSO partners, government officials, and other local stakeholders. This is a full time position based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This position will report to the Chief of Party. Local candidates are encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the Chief of Party in the overall management and implementation of the program.
  • Provide technical support to local partner organizations in the areas of civic engagement, civil society capacity building, and policy reform and accountability.
  • Lead efforts to improve the organizational and technical capacity of CSO partners and strengthen civil society’s engagement in public dialogue, advocacy, and monitoring and oversight.
  • Support the development of program strategies, planning, and implementation of program activities while ensuring cohesion among the program components, with attention to gender integration and social inclusion.
  • Guide and ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
  • Ensure program implementation is in compliance with Counterpart and USAID rules and regulations.
  • Provide mentoring and professional development support to project staff, with emphasis on building capacity of national staff.
  • Represent Counterpart to USAID, local and national governmental authorities, local CSOs, community organizations, and other donor organizations.



  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, international development, and/or other related field.
  • Minimum 8-10 years of total experience required; with at least 5 years of knowledge and experience building the organizational and technical capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Sri Lanka, including but not limited to, human rights organizations, youth movements, informal groups, religious organizations, labor and trade unions, professional associations, indigenous organizations, women organizations, LGBT organizations, and think tanks.
  • Demonstrated experience developing relationships and working collaboratively with Sri Lankan government agencies and local organizations.
  • Demonstrated record of championing social inclusion across programming, such as gender integration and inclusion of women, youth, internally displaced persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, and other marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of civil society, media, political, and social contexts in Sri Lanka.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, oral, and written communications skills.
  • Professional proficiency in English required.
  • General knowledge of USAID rules and regulations
  • Fluency in Sinhala and/or Tamil required.


  • Master’s degree in political science, public policy, international development, and/or other related field.
  • Previous experience awarding, managing, and monitoring sub-awards.
  • Previous experience as a DCOP, Senior Manager, and/or Team Leader of a comparable multi-dimensional USAID or donor-funded project.


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