Jobs : Chief of Party, USAID Ghana MESP - Social Impact



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The anticipated scope of the five-year project is to support USAID/Ghana staff and partners to implement more efficient, effective, and transparent activities by improving:

(1) USAID and Implementing Partner’s (IP) capacity to achieve expected results;

(2) USAID’s understanding and tracking of activity and project performance; and

(3) Mission and activity ability to collaborate, learn, and adapt (CLA).

The MESP activities will encompass the Mission’s Development Objectives:

  • Strengthened responsive, democratic governance
  • Sustainable and broadly shared economic growth
  • Equitable improvements in health status
  • Improved reading performance in primary school

Position Description:

SI is seeking a qualified Chief of Party (COP) to lead this anticipated five-year activity. S/he will be responsible for overall activity management, quality and timeliness of deliverables, external representation, and coordination with USAID Contracting Officer Representative (COR). The COP is responsible for establishing an office in-country, recruiting core staff, and establishing a network of qualified professionals to serve as short term technical advisors to support this activity. The COP provides strategic vision for managing the Components and Tasks of this activity and will oversee activity tasks to ensure quality work and compliance with contractual obligations and results. The COP is responsible for the quality and performance of work that is sub-contracted to other partners. The COP will be full-time for the duration of the activity and will be based in Accra, Ghana.

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Responsibilities:

  • Serve as SI’s primary point of contact in Ghana and be responsible for the activities of all long and short-term personnel.
  • Receive technical direction from the USAID/Ghana’s COR and receive support from SI Headquarters Management Team.
  • Meet with USAID on a regular basis and represent the activity before USAID/Ghana, Government of Ghana (GOG), implementing partners (IPs), and other stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community groups for smooth implementation.
  • Mentor, support, and supervise activity staff and directly manage consultants.
  • Facilitate the development of quarterly and annual activity work plans and budgets, and ensure the timely submission and quality of all activity reports, materials, and publications, compliant with the contract agreement.
  • Ensure necessary program planning, development, resource availability, and management activities function smoothly and efficiently.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in international development, strategic planning, project design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation methodologies, or a related field.
  • Minimum ten years of experience managing monitoring and evaluating international development projects.
  • Prior experience as Chief of Party on USAID-funded contracts and contracting agreements.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams and/or managing an office with a diverse (and at times, remote) staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in performance monitoring, tracking data quality, data management, and/or training in performance management topics.
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluation methodology, statistical analysis, experimental design, and/or data collection and analysis.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders, including donor/development organizations, government officials, civil society leaders, community leaders, and project participants.
  • Experience building organizational capacity in monitoring and evaluation and/or training individuals in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with the USAID Automated Directive System (ADS), in particular the 200 series, and knowledge of development trends required.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required.
  • Experience working in Africa is highly desired.
  • Come join our energetic and innovative team! We offer you the opportunity to play a leading role in the growth of our company, work as part of a creative and committed team, and make a difference in the well-being of our world.

To learn more about Social Impact, please visit our website: http://www.socialimpact.com

SI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.

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