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Deputy Chief of Party, Operations

Monrovia (Liberia)

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:**Deputy Chief of Party, Operations**


The purpose of this anticipated five-year program is to increase access to education for approximately 76,000 out-of-school children ages 8-15 in the following six counties of Liberia: Bong, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Lofa, Nimba and Margibi. The program will provide technical assistance and build partnerships with key Ministry of Education counterparts and host country systems in order to institutionalize a nation-wide legitimate and credible Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). It will strengthen policies, systems and resources of the Ministry of Education in the area of accelerated education. The expected results of the program are: 1) increased enrollment of out of school children in education, 2) ALP regulatory framework institutionalized, and 3) Eligibility of ALP learners to transition to formal education increased.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

The Deputy Chief of Party oversees operations including finance, administration, procurement, human resources, sub-contractor and grants management staff and services of the project. S/he will manage operational and logistics support to county project offices. The Deputy Chief of Party will ensure project compliance with all USAID and FHI 360 financial, contractual and administrative regulations, policies and procedures. S/he will closely coordinate with the technical staff to ensure smooth operation of all technical services and accomplishment of technical targets and deliverables. The Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will, at times, act as the Chief of Party (COP) in the absence of the COP.

  • Work closely with COP and technical team to develop annual work plans and budgets.
  • Working with finance manager and senior technical team, ensures costed work plans are managed to keep the project on budget.
  • Oversee all aspects of financial management, including financial systems implementation, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting and accounting for both the prime Contractor and sub-awards
  • Oversees monitoring of international and local subs as well as small grant funds (if applicable).
  • Work closely with the Senior Management Team to provide final decision making on program implementation as it relates to finance and administrative functions.
  • Manage funds in such a manner as to maximize operational effectiveness while minimizing risk, and ensures that an adequate control structure is in place over the program funds to assure compliance
  • Conduct financial analysis in areas such as forecasting, budgeting, engaging in cost reduction analysis, and reviewing operational performance
  • Assign and audit the work of the finance and administration staff, while providing guidance to staff Work with confidential data, which if disclosed, might have significant internal and/or external effects
  • Provide leadership in financial reporting for annual budget planning, audit reviews and assessment processes.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required and Master’s degree (preferred) in education, public/business administration, management and relevant field experience in managing large USAID projects and contracts.
  • At least ten years’ experience of which at least eight years’ experience in developing countries with technical and/or operational issues related to a mix of education and development work, policy development, education and conflict, and community engagement. Experience in fragile and conflict affected countries is preferred.
  • Must have at least five years of progressively more responsible supervisory work experience that involved direct leadership of professional and support staff, oversight and evaluation of staff performance and deliverables and contract management.
  • Demonstrated success in managing sub-contracts/sub-grants with international consortiums, local organizations, including NGOs, communities, and parent teacher associations.
  • A strong understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Experience working in West Africa or a demonstrated understanding of the country context
  • Experience in managing large scale activities, strategic planning and implementation of related activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of United States Government rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to project and program compliance and reporting.
  • Strong writing and communication abilities are essential.
  • Fluency in English.

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 an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: FHI 360
  • Location: Monrovia (Liberia)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2016-08-31

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