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.
Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.
Pact seeks an experienced Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID/Zimbabwe Citizen Action for Accountability Project (CEAP). The activity aims to strengthen a culture of political and civic engagement in Zimbabwe by promoting greater and more effective citizen participation in governance processes at multiple levels with an eye to improved, citizen-driven development. This is anticipated to be a five-year activity. This position is contingent upon award.
· The Chief of Party (COP) will provide overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise for the project.
· Will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the project and will serve as the primary liaison with the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) on management and technical matters.
· Serve as the primary liaison with USAID on management and technical matters.
· Ensure that the project meets stated goals, outcomes, benchmarks, and reporting requirements.
· Promote the use of recognized evidence-based tools and promising innovations for strengthening the capacities of organizations.
· Take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders, including partners, government stakeholders, and other USAID projects.
· Manage and coordinate the implementation of activities across project partners, ensuring successful integration of activities.
· Oversee a highly adaptive, politically-informed approach to program management which ensures continuous learning and contextually-aware interventions.
· Liaise closely with Pact’s Regional Director for Africa and Pact’s Washington, DC, team to ensure that all project activities are compliant with USG rules and regulations, as well as consistent with Pact’s policies, procedures and best practices.
· Oversee project planning (e.g., develop work plans and project budget), monitoring and reporting (e.g., review and approve periodic budgets and technical and financial reports) in accordance with the highest standards.
· Oversee project budget and work in close coordination with the Finance and Administration Director to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and Pact’s resources.
· Provide strategic management and oversight of the project’s subaward portfolio.
· Oversee project staff in helping partners establish reporting and tracking systems to provide key information in an efficient and timely manner.
· Ensure that program meets programmatic and financial targets and makes accurate projections.
· Represent the project at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID and Pact’s thought leadership on civic engagement, accountability, women’s empowerment, youth empowerment, and social inclusion.
· Master’s Degree from an accredited university in social sciences, political science, international development, or another relevant field.
· At least ten (10) years of experience in international development.
· At least five (5) years of experience as a COP or in a comparable managerial position on international donor projects.
· Demonstrable experience in working with civil society advocacy organizations and networks, capacity building, and governance issues.
· Experience working in Zimbabwe.
· Experience working on and leading teams for USAID contracts and/or cooperative agreements.
· Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and policies.
· Demonstrated leadership skills.
· Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners.
· Demonstrated ability implement highly adaptive and politically smart programs in complex environments, and work with and between different stakeholders.
· Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with government and community stakeholders.
· Demonstrated skills in problem solving and consensus building.
· The candidate must be fluent in English and at least one other local language.
· Ability to travel within Zimbabwe and internationally when health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 diminish.
· Experience with gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) and youth-focused interventions.
· Zimbabwean 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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