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Chief of Party, PTI Project: Cote d’Ivoire

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Organization: National Democratic Institute

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) seeks to hire a Resident Chief of Party for a wide-ranging USAID-funded program (Political Transition and Inclusion - PTI) that encompasses work related to inter-party dialogue; promotion of political participation for women, youth, and marginalized individuals; political process observation; conflict analysis; support for civil society advocacy efforts; social cohesion; interfaith dialogue; and countering/preventing violent extremism (C/PVE), among other areas.

The position also oversees Ivorian partner organizations working on communications and promotion of social entrepreneurship. NDI seeks a project director with solid management and leadership skills and experience in one or more of the above-mentioned areas of work, particularly social cohesion and C/PVE. She/he should have professional experience in West Africa and/or countries with political and/or post-conflict contexts similar to that of Côte d’Ivoire. Fluency in French and English is required. This position can accommodate dependents (spouse and minor children) and will be based in Abidjan, with frequent travel to other cities of the country to oversee or participate in program activities. Please note that donor approval is required to fill this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Programmatic

  • Oversee the implementation of all aspects of the PTI program and activity concepts, design, strategy, objectives, results and indicators
  • Provide technical assistance and develop learning materials, as needed, to ensure a high quality of training and enriching exchanges for beneficiaries
  • Develop programmatic strategies and activities for the program, as appropriate, based on changing political conditions and in response to needs articulated by partners and/or funders
  • Establish and maintain strong working relations with the donor and diplomatic communities, international organizations, and in-country partners, including political and elected officials and local civic organizations
  • Coordinate and liaise regularly with consortium partners, including leading regular coordination meetings
  • Identify national staffing and consultant assignments in support of initiatives under the USAID-funded program
  • Work with DC-based staff on the development of proposals and concept papers that expand the scope of the USAID-funded program
  • Lead and oversee the drafting of field-based program reports, work-plans and other written materials related to the USAID-funded program

Financial/Administrative/Personnel Management​

  • In the Resident Country Director’s absence, oversee program spending and manage the reconciliation of program expenses
  • Provide day-to-day management and oversight of program staff in accordance with office and personnel management systems
  • Oversee subgrant issuance process and monitoring of performance for multiple simultaneous subawards
  • Within the USAID-funded program, ensure adherence to both NDI and donor financial regulations, and respect of procedures that guarantee the integrity of all financial transactions
  • Directly supervise local staff and international consultants to ensure that USAID-funded program activities are completed as planned and financial and program-related transactions adhere to internal NDI and donor regulations

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent educational background; advanced degree in a field of study related to international development or management preferred
  • Minimum 14 years’ experience working in political environments or international development; experience working with political parties, with civic activists, on social cohesion and/or on CVE initiatives strongly preferred
  • Six to eight years as Chief of Party or in a senior project leadership position (such as Component Manager or Deputy Chief of Party) demonstrating strategic planning, high-level liaising and partnership building with international donors’ projects and host country government organizations
  • Experience in program design, strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation
  • Proven ability to manage budgets and to lead and manage a multi-national staff effectively
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and networking skills, cultural sensitivity, and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
  • Outstanding ability to effectively transfer skills and experience to others as a trainer, advisor, and consultant
  • High degree of organization and attention to details
  • Ability to analyze political dynamics, and to collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions

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