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Chief of Party - USAID/Mali Shifin Ni Tagne Project

FHI 360

FHI 360

Administration, Operations
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

FHI 360 is a global development organization, with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our team of professionals includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment, and research. FHI 360 operates from over 60 offices with more than 4000 employees in the United States and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at all levels and our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to have a lasting impact on the people, communities, and countries we serve by improving the lives of millions.

FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded integrated youth activity to enable marginalized and vulnerable Malian youth, particularly young women with disabilities, to become educated, health and productive citizens while building their resilience to recurrent crises. Shifin ni Tagne will provide youth with the foundational skills needed to prepare them to become agile learners, able to adapt and learn new things in a rapidly changing environment. The project will provide youth, particularly adolescent girls and young women with disabilities, with the skills and knowledge to access sexual and reproductive (SRH) services and practice health behaviors. Additionally, Shifin ni Tagne will provide Malian youth with the relevant workforce readiness, vocational, and entrepreneurial skills to succeed as market actors in the agriculture and livestock value chains, vocational trades, sanitation and green jobs in their communities.

Job Summary:

The COP will provide leadership and oversight for a consortium of national and international partners with a focus on managing project timelines, budgets and deliverables, ensuring compliance with funder and national regulations, and fostering a safe and equitable working environment. The COP will serve as the project’s principal contact point for USAID and will be the project’s main in-country contact for government counterparts, donors, local partners, media, private sector partners, civil society and other key stakeholders. He or she will be expected to identify challenges and risks and work with other key personnel to adapt programming in a complex operating environment.

The COP will be responsible for developing and maintaining the overall technical vision, strategy, and direction of the project, assuming responsibility for design, delivery, and progress against the approved work plan, and reporting against performance monitoring plan. The COP will work with the senior management team to ensure overall planning, implementing, and managing of the project and establishing the administrative framework to monitor and assure progress toward achieving project goals and objectives. The COP will regularly interface with USAID on management and decision-making while ensuring that activities are meeting USAID and stakeholder expectations and that project results are proactively disseminated.

The COP will be responsible for ensuring the timely and quality completion of all program technical and financial deliverables and reports in accordance with USAID guidelines; assisting with analysis and communications regarding resource management; and ensuring coordination with Mission and other donor initiatives. S/he will serve as the leadership and public face of project initiatives in public communication, outreach, and networking. S/he will be expected to identify issues and risks related to the activity implementation in a timely manner, and to suggest appropriate activity adjustments.

The position will be based in Bamako, Mali. Employment is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.

Job Description:

  • Provide overall technical leadership management and general technical direction for the design and implementation of project activities..

  • Responsible for design, delivery, and progress against approved work plan and reporting against performance monitoring plan.

  • Responsible for ensuring the timely and quality completion of all programs technical and financial deliverables and reports, in accordance with USAID guidelines.

  • Ensure an integrated project vision among staff and subcontractors.

  • Serve as principal liaison with USAID/Mali, government counterparts, donors, local partners, and community stakeholders, and build effective relationships with all key stakeholders.

  • Lead and support technical specialists in the development of strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, other USAID-funded projects, civil society actors, and the private sector.

  • Oversee financial and administrative management of the program, ensuring compliance with USAID and FHI 360 rules and regulations.

  • Supervise the development and submission of program deliverables and provide accurate and timely reporting to USG and key stakeholders on all program areas.

  • Oversee the establishment of effective project reporting, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and personnel and procurement systems, and ensure that program results are met.

  • Manage long-term staff and short-term advisors in a respectful and transparent manner, ensuring achievement of project results.

  • Promote sustainability of project activities through linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in international development, education, economics, gender, or a related field from an accredited university; Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in relevant management, supervisory, and technical roles working with activities that are of a similar scope and scale.

  • Minimum of 8 years in strategic leadership of line management positions.

  • Experience managing USAID projects (preferably as a Chief of Party) and strong knowledge of USAID programming rules and regulations, grants programs, and monitoring and evaluation policies and procedures.

  • Experience working with youth, gender, economic empowerment, livelihoods, health, skills and workforce development and/or community engagement programming; experience implementing integrated youth programming strongly preferred.

  • Experience living and working in similar contexts required and experience working in Mali preferred.

  • Knowledge and understanding of youth barriers, opportunities and issues in Mali and demonstrated experience working with marginalized youth populations.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and support diverse teams in challenging environments, leading cross-sectoral programming and leading consortia.

  • Strong knowledge of, and commitment to, gender and social inclusion and equity.

  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, teambuilding and communication skills.

  • Proven ability to develop relationships and coordinate with government officials, private sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of United States Government rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to project compliance and reporting.

  • Verbal fluency in French and English required and written fluency in French required; familiarity with Bambara, and other common languages in Mali preferred.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and a package of exceptional benefits. Please visit the FHI 360 Career Center at http://www.fhi360.org/careers for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an employer with equal opportunity and affirmative action. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in policies, programs, or activities.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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