CARE seeks a Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded Feed the Future Highlands Resilience Activity. This procurement is expected to be a five-year cooperative agreement in the $50M+ range. The Chief of Party provides overall leadership and direction to the Highlands Resilience Activity consortium. The Highland Resilience Activity will support the graduation of Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) clients by linking them with new on-farm, off-farm, and employment opportunities. The Activity will have a strong focus on improving access to finance for vulnerable highlands households and will be integrated into USAID's Resilience Food Security Activities (RFSAs) in five regions of Ethiopia. The position provides the vision and strategic leadership necessary to promote sustainable economic development and effective oversight and management of the overall program.
The Chief of Party leads and manages the Highlands Resilience Activity through a combination of technical oversight, management, and local capacity building, both for CARE's operational areas and with project partners. This includes personnel and financial management, administrative oversight, program quality assurance, management of the consortium coordination unit, and management of sub-agreements with consortium partners. The COP ensures close coordination and collaborative relations with USAID, serving as the project’s primary liaison with the Agreement Officer (AO) and the Agreement Officer Representative (AOR). The COP also works closely with various Government of Ethiopia (GOE) stakeholders involved in the Productive Safety Net Program, as well as micro-finance institutions and other non-governmental stakeholders and other donors implementing related programs. They ensure CARE's contribution to dissemination of program learning and achievements, and documentation of promising practices in programming within Ethiopia to assist PSNP households to graduate from poverty.
This procurement is expected to be released in November 2021 and awarded in May 2022. This is a Key Personnel position and as such the candidate proposed for this position is subject to USAID approval. It is also subject to project award and funding. This position will be based in Addis Ababa.
- The COP will lead the project, providing vision, direction, and technical guidance to and supervising staff and consultants fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders, including the Agreement Officer and Agreement Officer’s Representation (AO/AOR).
- Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures – ensuring consistency with project needs, applicable USAID policies and regulations, and relevant national policies and laws.
- Build partnerships among international-, national- and community-level stakeholders
- Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles. Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned, and utilize a collaborative and adaptive learning approach to the project cycle.
- Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanisms with government, community partners and other stakeholders.
- Participate in government coordination meetings at regional and national levels to discuss program related issues.
- Keep up to date with developments of external programming of other agencies including best practices in-country and internationally and ensure CARE staff are applying these consistently in the Highlands Resilience Activity and other related programs.
- Lead in documentation and coordination of information dissemination activities that share project achievements and results with the aim of influencing decision and policy-makers with regards to PSNP beneficiaries.
- With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee M&E function, including preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
- Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
- Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
- Master’s degree in International Development, Agriculture/ Agronomy, Economics, Business, Public Health, Nutrition, Water and Sanitation Engineering, and/or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. Additional years of experience may be substituted for a Master’s degree.
- Minimum of 10 years of experience with livelihoods/food security, agricultural development and/or inclusive market systems programs with a market orientation.
- Experience with rural development, food and nutrition security programming, livelihoods and market development, and/or natural resources management strongly preferred.
- Previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience on USAID-funded programs is required, including policies, regulations, and procedures.
- Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, and M&E of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
- Strong familiarity with USAID collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) principles and approaches preferred.
- Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated inter-cultural, interpersonal, and negotiation skills.
- Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.
- Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as evidenced in previous management positions and programming. Demonstrated commitment to PSHEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Harassment, and Abuse).
- Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
- Fluency in English is required (spoken and written).
- Ability to travel within Ethiopia as required and as security conditions allow.