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Chief of Party, Yemen My Education

FHI 360

FHI 360

Administration, Operations
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2023

Job Description

Chief of Party

USAID Yemen My Education Activity (Taleemi Activity)

FHI 360 is a global development organization, with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our team of professionals includes experts in education, health, nutrition, 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 upcoming USAID Yemen My Education Activity (Taleemi Activity). This position will be based in Aden and requires travel to other locations in the South of Yemen. The position is contingent upon award.

The duty station is designated as extreme risk and poses a heightened risk or direct threat to personal safety. FHI 360 has implemented mitigation measures and policies to ensure staff safety in coordination with FHI 360 Global Security. Applicants should research this location and the associated risks before applying.

Project Description

The goal of the USAID My Education Activity (Taleemi Activity) is to improve outcomes for out of-school children and youth through inclusive, high quality non-formal education in Yemen. This activity will ensure that out-of-school children and youth in Yemen transition into the formal education system; obtain certification of completion that will benefit them if they are not able to re-enter formal school; or benefit from pathways to training and economic opportunities after completion of NFE programming. The activity includes the following results:

  • Increased enrollment and retention of out-of-school children and youth in community responsive, safe, and adequately resourced environments

  • Out of school children and youth acquire foundational and life skills for transitioning into formal schools or entering the workforce

  • Improved implementation and management of non-formal education programs

The activity will be implemented in the South of Yemen in coordination with the Internationally Recognized Government of Yemen.

Position Description

The Chief of Party is responsible for providing overall leadership, management oversight, and technical direction for the program, ensuring an integrated vision across components and actors, with a focus on achieving the results defined in the award. The Chief of Party’s responsibilities include managing the annual work plan and budgeting process; creating/developing an effective project management team; applying adaptive management principles to ensure activities respond to changes in the operating environment, including unforseen crises and opportunities; overseeing an effective monitoring and evaluation system; and coordinating activities and sub-grantees to achieve results. This individual will be the primary liaison with USAID, other donors, key stakeholders, and other implementing partners. 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. They 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, conflict affected environments, across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

  • Provides 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

  • Provides technical and managerial leadership, including capacity building to the project

  • Oversees the development and implementation of program work plans and strategies aligned with donor and government priorities

  • Collaborates with partner organizations (both public and private), USAID and other USAID/donor-funded projects to achieve the project’s objectives

  • Coordinates and is responsible for the preparation of the annual work plans, budgets, and annual progress reports, in a timely fashion for submission to USAID

  • Ensures high technical standards are used to guide the technical and programmatic aspects of work plans and activities

  • Supports transition of donor funded activities to sustainable local ownership and financing

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates activities to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters

  • Establishes 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 in education, public administration, international development, or related field from an accredited university; Master’s degree or Ph.D. or Ed.D. is highly preferred

  • Minimum 12 years of related experience in increasingly senior roles; at least eight years managing education programs at a senior level (DCOP or COP equivalent); experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as they relate to project and program compliance and reporting

  • Previous experience leading programs in Yemen or similar complex crisis affected countries is required.

  • Strong knowledge of and experience implementing adaptive management approaches

  • Strong knowledge of conflict sensitivity and Political Economy Integration into implementation

  • Strong knowledge of, and commitment to, gender and social equity issues in education; expertise in gender equality and social inclusion preferred

  • Strong knowledge of non-formal education for older children and youth, teaching and learning material development, assessments, and teacher professional development in Yemen or similar contexts

  • Experience strengthening local systems, supporting reform, and promoting institutional capacity development

  • Relevant management, supervisory, technical experience working with programs that are of a similar scope and scale to this program

  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic planning, effective organizational development, partnership-building, capacity-building, managerial, teambuilding and communication skills

  • Proven ability to coordinate and oversee local partner capacity building activities, including technical, managerial and governance capacities

  • Demonstrated ability to work 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

  • Experience in the education sector in Yemen or similar contexts

  • Oral and written fluency required in English and Arabic

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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