Chief of Party
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.
Pact is recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming project based in Nepal. The COP will be responsible for technical leadership and the overall management and operations of the USAID Civil Society and Media (CSM) Activity. She/he will supervise high-quality project implementation, with a focus on achieving the project goals and USAID/Nepal development objectives. The COP will take a leadership role in coordination of all activities across all relevant parties including: USAID, the Government of Nepal (GoN), key stakeholders, and implementing partners. She/he will also oversee all project staff and sub-partners for results-oriented planning, leadership, and coordination of project activities. This position is contingent upon award.
- Ensure high-quality, results-oriented technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the project’s strategic objectives and approved annual workplans.
- Serve as key representative to USAID, responsible for all communications with USAID officials.
- Act as liaison to and ensure effective relationships with the GoN, national policy actors, project sub-partners, other relevant donors and key stakeholders.
- Ensure a highly adaptive, systems-driven approach to promoting innovative and sustainable approaches to strengthening civil society and media, and promoting civic engagement.
- Ensure the provision of training and mentoring to partners to strengthen the capacity of civil society and media partners, and ensure their compliance with donor rules and regulations.
- Develop and implement a strategy for supporting local and national civil society partners to positively influence democratic and reforms at the local, provincial, and national levels.
- Develop and implement innovative approaches to promoting collaboration and engagement across the civil society, media, and private sectors.
- Lead all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual workplans and budgets and performance monitoring plans, ensuring alignment of the budget to expected results and cost-effective use of resources.
- Review and approve annual budgets and progress reports, ensuring they are completed and submitted in a timely manner. Ensure compliance with USAID and Pact requirements, policies, and regulations.
- Oversee all local grantmaking mechanisms, ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and Pact policies; coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs.
- Oversee integration of gender and social inclusion (GESI) considerations across all aspects of program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and learning and management.
- Recruit and directly supervise local and international project staff in line with Pact policies; oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced.
- Master's or bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as social sciences, law, or development studies.
- A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in the implementation of international development programs, with preference given to democracy and governance activities, human rights.
- A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in senior management positions, including direct supervision of professional and support staff.
- In-depth understanding of the role of civil society and media in development
- Experience building capacity for civil society organizations and networks/coalition strengthening in Nepal.
- Experience implementing complex and politically sensitive international development programs.
- Experience with GESI mainstreaming approaches.
- Expertise in advocacy, accountability, research, media campaigns.
- Experience establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders, including international organizations, NGO partners, government institutions, private sector entities, and donor community.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with working with USAID.
- Excellent interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English.
- Experience managing highly adaptive programs, as well as applying systems-driven approaches and/or thinking and working politically principles.
- Fluency in Nepali.
- Experience managing USAID contracts.
- Nepali nationals are encouraged to apply.
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.
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