Chief of Party, Somalia LGRA

Chief of Party, Somalia LGRA

Creative Associates International

Mogadishu, Somalia

Creative is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Local Governance and Reconciliation Activity (LGRA) in Somalia. The COP will be responsible for the technical leadership and the overall management and operations of the project. S/he will supervise high-quality project implementation, with a focus on achieving the project goals and USAID/Somalia development objectives. The COP will take a leadership role in coordination of all activities across all relevant parties, including USAID, the Government of Somalia, civil society organizations, key stakeholders, and implementing partners. S/he will also oversee all project staff and sub-partners for results-oriented planning, leadership, and coordination of project activities.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary liaison with the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) on management and technical matters.
  • Ensure high-quality, results-oriented technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the project’s strategic objectives and approved annual workplans.
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID, Creative, and project-specific policies.
  • Ensure that the project meets stated goals, outcomes, benchmarks, and reporting requirements.
  • Take a leadership role in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders, including partners, government stakeholders, civil society, and other USAID projects.
  • Manage and coordinate the implementation of activities across project partners, ensuring successful integration of activities.
  • Liaise closely with Creative’s field management and finance team, and Creative’s U.S. team to ensure that all project activities are compliant with USG rules and regulations, as well as consistent Creative’s policies, procedures and best practices.
  • Oversee project planning (i.e., development of work plans and project budget), monitoring and reporting (i.e., review and approve periodic budgets and technical and financial reports) in accordance with the highest standards.
  • Oversee project budget and work in close coordination with the Finance/Grants Directors to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and Creative’s resources.
  • Support the implementation of a highly adaptive, context-driven programmatic approach.
  • Ensure a responsive and innovative approach to developing the capacity of government and civil society actors.
  • Manage a team of flexible and adaptive employees and oversee evidence-based adjustments in programming to achieve greater impact.
  • Represent the project at conferences, working groups, and meetings to support USAID and Creative’s thought leadership in local governance, capacity development, and civil society strengthening.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in social sciences, law, development studies or a relevant field.
  • At least ten years of experience in the successful implementation of international development activities, with preference given to local governance activities.
  • Experience working in Somalia or East Africa.
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible management experience, including administering donor-funded programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of various stakeholders in Somalia’s governance process, especially at the district level.
  • Experience building capacity for local government actors, civil society organizations and/or traditional local structures in Somalia or the region.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to perform and collaborate in complex and politically sensitive project environments.
  • Experience working on and leading teams for USAID contracts and/or cooperative agreements
  • Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and policies.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing a diverse team of employees and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, navigate sensitive issues, and develop and maintain relationships with different stakeholders, including local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector entities, and US Government agencies.
  • Fluency in English (oral, writing, and reading).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience managing highly adaptive programs, as well as applying conflict-sensitive approaches.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Somalia.
  • Somali nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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