Chief of Party
Jobs at:World Vision International
Deadline of this Job:
30 April 2021
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa
Date Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Purpose Of The Position:
• The Chief of Party (Technical Program Director) will have overall responsibility for coordination of all activities and staff of the anticipated USAID-funded Homes and Communities Education Activity, which supports USAID’s LEARN Project.
• This potential five-year award will improve home and community support for literacy outcomes for young children, children in early primary grades and children with disabilities.
• S/he will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the activity and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to the donor and to the Rwandan Ministry of Education and Rwandan Education Board.
• The Chief of Party (CoP) shall have a keen understanding of the unique political dynamics and work carefully and collaboratively to support the various entities in Rwanda.
• S/he will manage a team of senior staff, and engagement with stakeholders and ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities generated under the grant. The CoP is expected to have strong leadership qualities and depth and breadth of the education sector and management expertise. S/he will report and/or be accountable to the USAID AoR and World Vision.
• S/he also provides strategic leadership and supervision of sub-grantees and sub-contractors while ensuring the security, feasibility, and sustainability of the program and contribution to children’s educational outcomes.
• Provide vision and strategic technical leadership in early learning, literacy and to increase participation of children with disabilities for the grant.
• Manage proactive and responsive relationship with grant donor in close collaboration with World Vision staff both in Rwanda and in the U.S.
• Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation, and quality assurance.
• Supervise a team of senior level international and national staff with education technical skills.
• Lead grant operations staff including finance, M&E, and communications.
• Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex donor-funded projects.
• Lead grant staff and short-term consultants.
• Establish and maintain effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems.
• Submit timely, accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.
• Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure project staff submit accurate and timely financial reports, forecasts, and burn rate analyses to donors and Support Office staff.
• Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocated as per assigned budget, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure low risk audits.
• Liaise with local government officials, especially education officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.
• Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact in early learning, early grade literacy and inclusion of children with disabilities.
• Participate and conduct on-going lessons learned in community/home-based early learning and early grade literacy and increasing the participation of children with disabilities in learning opportunities with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.
• Liaise with Ministry of Education, local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.
• Escalate grant management issues early and openly in accordance with WV’s communication/escalation policy; resolve grant management issues quickly and fully.
• Provide spiritual leadership to the grant team. Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.
• Establish clear and frequent communication regarding program progress and oversight management with the donor and World Vision US.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities:
• Master's degree in education, especially with a focus on early learning/early literacy or equivalent experience in program management.
• 10+ years of extensive international development experience managing large grant-funded projects in developing countries, with at least 5 years managing large education projects
• Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.
• Demonstrated outstanding leadership, effective organizational development, partnership-building, managerial, team-building, and communications skills.
• Proven ability to coordinate with other key stakeholders such as governmental and non-governmental organizations in Rwanda.
• Strong presentation and report writing skills.
• Experience of leading large and diverse teams.
• Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.
• Experience as a CoP, “key personnel”, or senior expert advisor required.
• Experience in managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.
• Fluency in English.
• Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.
• Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
• Fluency in French is a plus.
• Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums.
Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 120
Level of Education: Postgraduate Degree
Job application procedure
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