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Chief of Party - USAID/Burma All Youth Learning (AYL) Activity

FHI 360

FHI 360

Administration, Operations
Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 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. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Burma entitled All Youth Learning (AYL). Given the current political situation in Burma the position’s location will be determined and assigned based on security. Potential locations may include Burma or Thailand. This position is contingent upon successful award and final USAID approval of the candidate.

Project Description:

The anticipated USAID/Burma All Youth Learning (AYL) Activity is a 5-year activity that will seek to expand educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth (10-29 years old) to receive quality foundational and livelihoods-oriented education and training, with a particular focus on Burma’s out-of-school and conflict-affected youth, and to provide other necessary and relevant wrap-around support. The project will strengthen the capacity of education and training institutions and organizations to provide relevant, marketable skills training and consider the enabling environment for youth employability and work to forge linkages with businesses, industry, and local employers in areas where youth reside to ensure that training and skills development are relevant and respond to actual employer needs. AYL will also strengthen the enabling environment for youth to use educational assets and build leadership skills. The project will support non-state education systems and providers in their work to offer education to disadvantaged youth and aim to strengthen their capacity to educate youth as well. Ensuring equity and diversity of beneficiaries and devising strategies to reach the most disadvantaged and marginalized will be top activity priorities.

Position Description:

The Chief of Party is responsible for the overall implementation and oversight of the project including 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/subcontractors to achieve results. This individual will be the primary liaison with the funder (USAID), key stakeholders, and other implementing partners. Her/his primary responsibilities are to provide overall leadership, management oversight, and technical direction for the project, ensuring an integrated vision across components and actors, with a focus on achieving the results defined in the contract. The Chief of Party will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. S/he will supervise activity implementation and ensure activities meet stated goals and reporting requirements. The Chief of Party will have demonstrated ability to work in complex and volatile environments, across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.

Job Summary/Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to the project team, technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation of the project; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and models and facilitates effective teamwork.
  • Provide technical and managerial leadership, including capacity building to the project team, including staff, partners and stakeholders, as per the design.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of program work plans and strategies aligned with donor and government priorities.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations (both public and private), USAID and other key stakeholders to achieve the project’s objectives.
  • Coordinate and is responsible for the preparation of the annual work plans, budgets, and annual progress reports, in a timely fashion for submission to USAID.
  • Ensure high technical standards are used to guide the technical and programmatic aspects of work plans and activities.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
  • Establish project teams and standard operating procedures to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies.
  • Responsible for induction of project staff, ensuring their familiarity with mandate values, quality standards, policies and program objectives and their individual responsibilities in upholding these standards and policies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Master’s degree preferred in education, public administration, international development, or related field from an accredited university; Ph.D. or Ed.D. is highly preferred.
  • Minimum 12 years of experience in education intervention activities, and experience managing complex donor-funded development activities in challenging environments. Experience in conflict-affected environments is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of, and commitment to, gender and social equity issues in education.
  • Relevant management, supervisory, technical experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and scale to this program.
  • Demonstrated leadership, effective organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, teambuilding and communication skills on complex projects in fragile contexts.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to coordinate with government stakeholders, as well as non-governmental organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of United States Government rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to project and program compliance and reporting.
  • Experience in Burma or the region required, experience in the education sector in Burma is preferred.
  • Fluency in English required.

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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