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Chief of Party, Senegal

FHI 360

FHI 360

Administration, Operations
Senegal
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Chief of Party, Senegal

USAID Senegal Scaling Up Investment in Weather and Climate Information Services in Senegal (WCIS2)

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 4,000 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.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded Senegal Scaling Up Investment in Weather and Climate Information Services in Senegal (WCIS2) activity. This position will be based in Dakar, Senegal, and is contingent upon award.

Project Description

The effects of climate change— drought, heatwaves, severe storms, warming seas and flooding—continue to pose serious threat to African livelihoods and peoples, especially in low-income countries where ability to cope with severe impacts is limited, causing widespread economic, food and political insecurity. Timely and accurate Weather and Climate Information Services (WCIS) are needed to equip communities, governments and businesses to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change.

The Scaling up Investment in Weather and Climate Information Services in Senegal’s goal will be to facilitate the National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology’s (ANACIM) engagement with the public and private sectors, as well as user communities to co-produce,

translate, transfer and use free and fee-based WCI products and services in Senegal. While USAID/Senegal is supportive of private sector WCIS development, USAID/Senegal aims to ensure that WCIS is developed in an equitable way that delivers timely, accurate, tailored

and localized information to stakeholders and does not simply prioritize those who can pay.

Position Description

The Chief of Party (COP) is responsible for providing overall leadership, management oversight, and technical direction for the project, ensuring an integrated vision across components and stakeholders, with a focus on achieving the results defined in the award. The COP’s responsibilities include developing and managing the annual work plan and budgeting process; creating/maintaining an effective project management team; overseeing an effective monitoring and evaluation system; and coordinating activities and sub-grantees to achieve results. This individual will be the primary liaison with the funder (USAID), key stakeholders, and other implementing partners. The COP will be expected to identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate project adjustments. They will supervise activity implementation and ensure activities meet stated goals and reporting requirements. The COP will have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.

Job Responsibilities

Provides leadership to the project team, technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation of the project; ensuring clarity over work plans and priorities, and encourages effective teamwork.

  • Serves as primary liaison with USAID/Senegal and FHI 360 Regional and Headquarters teams.
  • Responsible for oversight and assurance of high technical, financial and ethical standards across the project; timely submission of quality contracted deliverables; keeping the project within scope (activities, timelines and budgets); and ensuring compliance with relevant donor, host government and FHI 360 policies and protocols.
  • Leads engagement and oversees formal partnerships with host government officials, donor representatives and local partners to achieve project objectives.
  • Establishes project teams and oversees induction of project staff, ensuring their familiarity with policies and project objectives, their individual responsibilities, quality standards and compliance duties.
  • Provides clear leadership to the project team in technical and administrative aspects of the project, facilitating effective internal operations, overseeing the development and implementation of strategies, work plans, staffing, budgets, project targets and milestones, communications and reporting.
  • Ensures clear communications with partners and stakeholders, both in Senegal and globally, about project scope, priorities, accomplishments and lessons to maximize sustainability and impact.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree, preferred, in environmental and earth science, climate sciences, information technology, public administration, international development, or related field from an accredited university;

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience implementing development programs (at least eight years at a senior level/DCOP or COP equivalent) required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID programs, project cycles, project implementation and compliance requirements.
  • Work experience in Africa required, West Africa strongly preferred, Senegal highly desired.
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in relevant technical areas of this project—weather and climate information services, climate change resiliency and adaptation, climate-smart agriculture, and disaster preparedness, information and communication technologies, —private sector experience desired
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines across a broad geographic area.
  • Demonstrated ability in coordination and local partner capacity building activities, including technical and managerial capacities, when appropriate.
  • Oral and written fluency in English and French required; working knowledge of other Senegalese languages 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.

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.

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. FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development, and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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