Chief of Party - Education Project

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Employer: CARE
Job Title: Chief of Party - Education Project
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other

CARE seeks a Chief of Party for an anticipated USAID-funded education project in Somalia, Accelerated Quality Learning for Somali Children and Youth. USAID’s new education activity of approximately $49 million will come to fruition in fall 2018. This includes investment in non-formal education through accelerated education approaches, focusing on assessing and building basic skills for children and youth ages 8-15, and the development of national standards by levels as part of an overall accelerated education framework.
Expected outcomes of this project include:

  • Relevant, flexible, safe and quality education opportunities for out-of-school children and youth in Somalia through Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs).
  • Improvement of USAID-funded AEP student learning outcomes in reading, numeracy and socio-emotional learning.
  • Technical assistance to and build partnerships with federal, state, regional and local Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoE) counterparts, particularly, towards institutionalization of legitimate and accredited accelerated education.
  • Strengthened capacity of the MoE through technical assistance and partnerships with federal, state, regional and local education stakeholders to deliver, monitor and regulate legitimate, accredited and flexible education opportunities to out-of-school children and youth.
  • Positive gender norms for girls and boys, including a highlighted attention on girls’ access and safety who are less likely to have access to safe, quality education in Somalia.
  • Promoting stability during a key transition period in Somalia through engagement of out-of-school children and youth in education opportunities that advance student learning.

The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID- or other international donor-funded projects.

The procurement is expected to be released in July 2018. This position is subject to project award and funding.

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Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
  • Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
  • Build partnerships among international -, national- and community-level stakeholders
  • Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles
  • With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
  • Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
  • Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.

Required Skills:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development project management (USAID program management required); previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on primary and secondary education (including improved reading skills, access to education, and equity).
  • Experience with two or more technical areas of this program.
  • Experience managing USAID contracts is a strong advantage.
  • Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with M&E is a plus.
  • Previous experience in Somalia is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of local languages is a plus.
  • Ability to travel within Somalia as required and as the security situation allows.

Publish date: 2018-06-19 23:07:24
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