Deputy Chief of Party

FHI 360, Yangon, Myanmar

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th April, 2018

Job Description

FHI 360’s Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPD) supports citizens to mobilize effectively to influence policy, improve lives, and build peace. CSPD works with civil society to increase its credibility, visibility and effectiveness by building its capacity to:

  • Engage with local government to increase its responsiveness to citizen needs;
  • Solve community problems, engage youth in civic affairs, and provide needed services to citizens;
  • Advocate for social justice, democratic reforms, human rights, and effective policies,
  • Produce media, including online, radio, and television content, to promote social dialogue and tolerance; and
  • Promote peaceful solutions to conflict and support peace negotiations.

Position Description:

FHI 360’s Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department (CSPD) currently seeks a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Civil Society Strengthening and Media Development project in Myanmar. The position is contingent on funding.

Under the direction of the Chief of Party, this position will assist the COP with all responsibilities, including the development and implementation of the project’s vision, strategy, and technical direction. S/he will serve as the secondary institutional liaison with USAID. The DCOP will assist the COP with all aspects of program performance, both technical and managerial, and ensure that procedures are adhered to for activity development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, procurement, budgeting, and financial accounting. S/he will work with the COP to supervise the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of local staff and consultants. The DCOP will have significant technical experience combined with strong communication skills.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Chief of Party with strategic and operational planning, including work planning, and ensure project compliance with all contractual reporting and financial requirements of USAID and FHI 360;
  • Management of deadlines, drafting of reports, maintenance of records, and monitoring achievement of benchmarks in the contract;
  • Assist the Chief of Party in creating and maintaining good working relationships with USAID, Government of Myanmar counterparts, local organizations, and other program partners;
  • Oversee grants creation and monitoring, and supervise grants management team;
  • Serve as acting Chief of Party in his/her absence; and
  • Mentor and manage staff in a respectful and transparent manner, working with local staff to build their technical and administrative capacity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or international equivalent in one of the following relevant fields is strongly desired: international development, international affairs, business administration, conflict resolution, public affairs or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Minimum of 7 (seven) years’ experience in managing and implementing activities to strengthen civil society, media, or related democracy and  governance project management;
  • Knowledge of the state of Burmese civil society and media is required
  • Experience with grants programs is highly preferred;
  • Extensive technical experience in one or more of the following areas: civil society capacity building, particularly in the areas of advocacy, government monitoring, or gender equity; organizational capacity development; and/or technical assistance and training for media outlets and journalists;
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple, simultaneous development activities and several staff members under a large, donor-funded project;
  • Proven record of excellent management, leadership, and decision-making skills;
  • Familiarity with US Government-funded programming, rules and regulations, and USAID Contract management experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of regional majority/minority ethnic dynamics and ability to work effectively in different ethnic communities;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster relationships with diverse local counterparts, civil society organizations, donors, and donor-funded implementers;
  • Proven ability to lead multidisciplinary teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and navigate politically sensitive terrain;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and professional proficiency in Burmese preferred.


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