Title: Chief of Party Location: Sierra Leone
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Sierra Leonean Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply
Counterpart International is currently seeking a Chief of Party to support the Civic Engagement in Local Governance for Accountability (CELGA) in Sierra Leone opportunity. CELGA is expected to build on two previous or ongoing USAID activities in Sierra Leone, Women Empowered for Leadership and Development (WELD) and the Sierra Leone Election Dialogue Series (SLEDS). Both addressed gaps in Sierra Leone governance, with different emphases. The overarching activity purpose of CELGA is to strengthen the social contract between local governments and citizens in Sierra Leone by fostering increased accountability of local-level decision-makers to citizens on issues of importance to the community. The objectives of this activity are to:
- Increase effective and informed citizen and civil society participation in local government and political processes, and;
- Bolster the capacity of local governance institutions to provide critical services and be more transparent in their processes.
Responsible for overall project leadership, management, technical direction, oversight, and quality, and maintaining relationships with USAID and stakeholders. Responsible for ensuring the timely submission and quality of all project deliverables. This position requires experience in senior-level program management with USAID or other donors.
- Advanced degree in a Business Administration, Communications, Economics, International Development, Social Sciences, Political Science or other related field; or an undergraduate degree with significant professional experience leading governance programming.
- Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in international development; Minimum three years working on governance programs.
- Experience supervising teams of diverse staff and demonstrated leadership capacity;
- Previous experience managing USAID-funded programs highly preferred, especially in applying USAID’s Local Systems Framework
- Demonstrated experience managing and implementing development projects focused on public policy reform, public service delivery, civic engagement, government accountability, gender empowerment, and electoral-support activities, particularly at the local level is required;
- Past experience managing and designing media development and press freedom programming and civil society strengthening, preferably in Sierra Leone and/or West Africa is preferred;
- Demonstrated experience in working effectively in advanced, complex, and politically sensitive contexts;
- Demonstrated experience in working effectively with partner and government representatives, donors, and other stakeholders;
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadline and deliver quality outputs;
- Experience with adaptive management approaches preferred;
- A creative thinker focused on solutions, innovation in program delivery and a commitment to achieving tangible results.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.
Note: Only qualified candidates will be contacted.
 The Local Systems Framework can be found at: https://www.usaid.gov/policy/local-systems-framework