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Chief of Party at Creative Associates International

Akwajobs   (Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroun)

Posted : 21 December, 2018
Category : Project Management   Location : Yaoundé, Centre, Cameroun
Job type : Full Time

Description Background:

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:

In USAID/OTI programs, the Chief of Party commonly serves the traditional responsibilities of a Chief Operating Officer and is not a traditional Chief of Party role due to the USAID/OTI­ Contractor relationship and key decision-making processes. The program works with local community leaders and groups to help counter violent extremist threats in the Far North. Together with longer-term investments, USAID/OTI programming allows communities in northern Cameroon to return to normal. The program stabilizes communities most affected by conflict and supports locally driven initiatives to increase community reintegration.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Chief of Party will report to the Practice Area Director at Creative headquarters.

Primary Responsibilities:

The COP for an USAID/OTI SWIFT Program should:

  • Be willing to have close, daily collaboration with USAID/OTI's in-country staff;
  • Take programmatic and strategic direction from USAID/OTI staff;
  • Have strong management, mentorship, and leadership skills;
  • Given the anticipated small footprint, be both a strategic program manager and a "hands on" manager who is actively engaged in all aspects of program strategy, design, evaluation, and management; Understand USAID/OTI's need for direct program communication with all program staff;
  • Have demonstrated past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming ideally; and
  • Be flexible.

The Chief of Party is responsible for:

  • Making key operational decisions and solving problems in short time frames while ensuring operational and program integrity.
  • Overall program direction is provided by USAID/OTI through the TOCOR and USAID/OTI Country Representative;
  • All directly programmatic aspects of the program (activity design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting) in consultation with the OTI CR, and/or the CR's designee.
  • May include direct activity development and oversight;
  • Financial and program management, oversight, and reporting of Contractor progress and quality of performance in meeting the activity undertakings in this program;
  • The Contractor's designated person for overall management of the in-country relationship with USAID/OTI;
  • Responsible for supervising program design, implementation, and management; and
  • Under the guidance of the USAID/OTI Country Representative, responsible for contributing to the design and implementation of the M&E system at both the activity level (ensuring that all activities are monitored and evaluated) and beyond the activity level (outcomes and impact).

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Relevant work experience, including experience with a Contractor, international NGO, or donor managing an office or program;
  • A minimum of six (6) years of experience supervising complex, high-speed and challenging field operations in developing countries;
  • Experience with programs that provide quick delivery of assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity;
  • Experience with grants management, preferably in-kind and small grants;
  • Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment.
  • Knowledge of programming in Cameroon and/or Lake Chad Basin is preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints as well as program close-out;
  • Experience in the hiring, training and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs; Financial management experience, including budgeting and financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting);
  • Experience with activity design, development, and implementation; Demonstrated working proficiency in French and English is required; and
  • Experience with remote management in transition environments highly desired.

The COP will be required to travel frequently to Maroua, Cameroon.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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