Project Director/Chief of Party
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Project Director/Chief of Party
FHI 360’s Liberia Teacher Training Program II (LTTP II) builds on work conducted under LTTP I to address Liberia’s critical shortages of qualified teachers and institutional capacity to produce new teachers. The program uses an integrated set of policy, support, and capacity-building activities to better prepare current teachers, equip new teachers, and improve early-grade reading and mathematics. LTTP II provides support to the central Ministry of Education (MoE) and five counties. The program strengthens policies, systems, and capacity development of the Ministry, the county and district education offices, the Rural Teacher Training Institutes (RTTIs), and the universities.
To improve teacher performance, LTTP II is conducting pre- and in-service teacher training and revising a teacher career ladder structure and incentive system. The program integrates technology into the training by using video cameras and small projectors to create and share videos of good teaching practices. In addition, the program is developing a plan to attract and retain more women in the teaching profession. LTTP II also is developing curriculum standards, materials, and testing for language, literacy, and mathematics to help teachers improve the reading and math skills of students in the early grades.
To improve evidence-based decision making and accountability, LTTP II has introduced the education management information system (EMIS) known as Global ED*ASSIST. The program is pioneering the use of biometric attendance monitoring for teachers. We expect that using advanced biometrics (fingerprints as well as integrated identity cards) will dramatically improve the accuracy of government payroll as well as teacher attendance.
Job Summary / Responsibilities:
The Chief of Party (CoP) serves as manager of all technical and administrative aspects of the project and, as such, is in charge of the entire range of the Contractor’s field operation. His/her primary responsibility is to ensure that the Contractor’s services are high-quality, delivered in a timely manner, and in accordance with the terms of the contract and budget. The CoP, with ongoing consultation with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officials, the MoE, and the FHI 360 home office, will ensure that the project helps to improve the quality of primary education and teacher training. S/he is also responsible for supervising the Contractor staff, with the assistance of the Senior Directors. The CoP will ensure all technical, financial, and administrative obligations are met in accordance with those established by USAID and FHI 360. The project is currently scheduled to end December 31, 2015. Significant time will be spent closing the project. Prior close-out experience will be useful.
The CoP is expected to provide strong leadership in the following areas:
(1) technical background in education
(2) sharing and exchanging information among Government officials of
(3) knowledge of USAID regulations
(4) managing staff
The CoP will also oversee the regular dissemination of information and reports emanating from LTTP II, including print materials. The CoP will be responsible for ensuring contract deliverables are met, including quarterly and annual reports.
Essential Job Functions:
- In collaboration with the Senior Directors, provide leadership within project strategic planning, program implementation, performance analysis, and close-out.
- Maintain close contact with the key players to identify critical partner perspectives and concerns and to support project success; represent the project at meetings nationally, regionally, and/or locally; and deliver presentations to partners to promote partner awareness and engagement.
- In close collaboration with the Senior LTTP II Management Team, plan training workshops and other activities needed to achieve results.
- Provide day-to-day oversight for program activities.
- Support staff in organizing their workloads and performance objectives; facilitate teamwork and staff accountability; and encourage risk-taking, creative problem-solving, and a sense of individual and collective responsibility for quality programming and products.
- In close coordination with the Senior Directors, Technical Advisors, and technical staff, ensure timely project reporting.
- In coordination with the Senior Directors and the Senior Finance/Administrative Officer, track budgets against actual expenses.
- Work closely with the M&E specialist to plan for monitoring and evaluation.
- Master’s in one of the following or related fields required: Education, Education Planning, Education Policy, Educational Administration, Elementary Education, or Teaching & Curriculum. Doctorate preferred.
- 13 years of relevant experience required. Prior Chief of Party experience preferred.
- Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.
- Organization: FHI 360
- Location: Monrovia
- Grade: Senior
- Management, Administration and Finance
- Public Administration - Restructuring
- Closing Date: 2015-09-30