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Chief of Party

Juba (South Sudan)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Juba (South Sudan)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Democratic Governance
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7673

Job Title: Chief of Party

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Proposal

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: Juba, South Sudan

Job Description

IRC is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for a five year USAID-funded education project in South Sudan to support on-going learning and build resiliency among youth, both in and out of school. The COP will be responsible for ensuring that the proposed project is implemented in accordance with the contract, USAID regulations, and internationally recognized quality of assistance standards. The COP will be the primary representational link with USAID staff.  The COP will maintain relations and engagement with the Ministry of Education and relevant government stakeholders as appropriate. The COP will liaise with USAID contract officers, technical support staff, partner organizations, outside contractors, and implementers of other USAID-funded initiatives as required. The COP will represent the project to all key stakeholders, government officials, and donors at coordination fora and other related seminars and meetings. The COP will ensure that project initiatives achieve the expected results of enabling youth to access quality education.

This position will report to the IRC South Sudan Country Director and is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership and direction, define and implement activities to achieve the greatest impact toward project goals and objectives;

  • Develop, review, and monitor in coordination with key project staff, yearly work and performance plans to ensure long-term and short-term priorities are on track;

  • Recruit, hire, and manage national staff and consultants as needed to carry out activities;

  • Manage international and local partners to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements;

  • Report to USAID through both formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual reports;

  • Maintain active and cooperative relationships with all key stakeholders, including government officials, project partners, other implementing agencies, and related institutions;

  • Represent the project and the organization in the public and ensuring the distribution of information about project achievements and lesson learned;

  • Maintain a working knowledge of project financials, working with and supporting the financial officer to ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place and being followed;

  • Support project staff by creating and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, trust, mutual respect, and empowers staff to take responsibility and;

  • Support implementation of IRC’s security protocols and provide leadership in handling security-related issues. Address local staffing and personnel issues related to security.


  • Advanced degree (PhD or MA) from an accredited university in education, international development, or related field;

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in similar education and youth-focused intervention activities, and experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in challenging environments. Experience with projects designed to increase equitable access, reach out-of-school adolescents and youth, and implement non-formal education activities preferred;

  • Significant previous experience working in conflict or crisis situations;

  • Experience working in the East/Central Africa and/or South Sudan on education programming strongly preferred;

  • Previous experience as COP of USAID-funded programs preferred;

  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders;

  • Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation; 

  • Strong leadership, program, organizational management and communication skills;

  • Fluency in English required.


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