Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Philippines Biodiversity and Resilience Activity

Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Philippines Biodiversity and Resilience Activity

ACDI/VOCA

Manila, Philippines

ACDI/VOCA is seeking a DCOP for the upcoming Biodiversity and Resilience Activity in the Philippines funded by USAID. The anticipated program will address biodiversity loss and climate change in the Philippines by improving the enabling environment, strengthening key institutions, and leveraging private sector investments for nature-based conservation, adaptation, and mitigation.

The DCOP will support the coordination and management of project teams, ensuring timely progress against schedules, achievement of deliverables, and quality of results. The program is anticipated to start in early 2025 and this position will be based in the Philippines.

Responsibilities

  • Support the COP in the overall management of the program for administration, operations, implementation, and fiscal compliance to ensure achievement of objectives within set timelines, scope, and budget allocations following USAID regulations and ACDI/VOCA internal policies. 
  • Serve as principal point of contact for procedural and substantive matters in the absence of the Chief of Party.
  • Support the development of strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and other deliverables in line with USAID guidelines to achieve objectives. 
  • Ensure that synergies among Activity elements and grantees are capitalized upon. Provide significant design and oversight of scopes of work, partnerships agreements, and other inputs to facilitate support to USAID missions.  
  • Support the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools, and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation.
  • Work closely with subcontractors, private sector associations, and local service providers to provide technical and organizational assistance to food processors.
  • In coordination with the COP, manage and track activity implementation progress by personnel, consultants, and subcontractors, ensure it adheres to the approved workplan and deliverable schedule, and troubleshoot deviations.
  • Represent ACDI/VOCA with partners and key stakeholders, maintaining positive relationships with USAID, local authorities, and as necessary, country office teams.
  • Provide input into the performance monitoring plan to measure success and validate causal model assumptions.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biodiversity, international development, business administration, or relevant field is required; master’s degree is desired.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing and implementing donor funded development projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with USAID rules and regulations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse team of professionals and coordinate with project partners, local communities, and other stakeholders. 
  • Proven experience in project management, including planning, budgeting, and resource allocation. Experience with effectively utilizing funds to implement similar projects in size and scope and achieve project objectives.
  • Additional qualifications as needed.
  • Experience working in the Philippines preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required.

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