||The Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for the overall management and operations of the project. She/he will supervise project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements. The COP will take a leadership role
in coordination among USAID and key stakeholders and other implementing partners. The COP position requires political savvy, as she/he will interact at a high level with numerous Government of Ethiopia institutions and senior government officials as well as
United States government agencies.
The nature of the Growth through Nutrition Activity demands exceptional leadership; programmatic, organizational management, and communication skills; and a comprehensive understanding of the Ethiopian social and political context. The COP position requires
strategic vision, strong technical skills in nutrition, multi-sector development experience, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of this Activity.
• Ensure high-quality technical programming through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements.
• Participate in the technical and programmatic design of award and partner programs.
• Manage all project planning responsibilities, including the production of annual work plans; guide and oversee the alignment of the budget to expected results; and review and approve annual budgets and quarterly reports.
• Ensure the cost-effective use of USAID and Pact resources.
• Ensure compliance with USAID and Pact requirements, policies and regulations.
• Liaise with other relevant donors and the local government representatives.
• As relevant, manage all local grant making mechanisms, ensuring compliance with donor regulations and Pact policy and coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee programs.
• Oversee the management and development of project office human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled and productive workforce, an effective leadership team, and an organizational culture where Pact’s values are practiced.
• Ability to sustain effective interpersonal and professional relationships with internal colleagues and contacts in donor and peer organizations
• Deep understanding of Pact’s strategy and how efforts contribute to the greater good
• Consistently works within internal process and procedures
• Strong interpersonal and team building skills
• Proactive engagement in corporate initiatives
• Strong planning and time management skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively present complex ideas to diverse audiences
• Ability to problem-solve difficult issues
• Ability to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities
• Strong negotiating and conflict resolution skills
• Proficiency in developing and managing a budget
• Strong experience in Nutrition and one of the following fields: health, water sanitation and hygiene, social and behavior change communication, and/or agriculture
• Strong knowledge and understanding of donor policies and regulations
• High competence using common desktop applications and internal systems
• Demonstrated proficiency in supervising staff, including providing honest feedback
• Ability to mentor others
• Graduate degree in a relevant field including nutrition, agriculture, public health, international development, environmental health, public administration, and/or economics.
• At least 10 years of experience managing integrated projects in developing countries.
• In-depth technical expertise in nutrition and one or more of the following areas: health, social and behavior change communication (SBCC), water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and/or agriculture.
• Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of public health, WASH, agriculture, food security, humanitarian assistance and resilience, as well as socioeconomic, institutional, and policy challenges relevant to these technical areas.
• Demonstrated experience interacting with U.S. Government agencies, host country governments, international donors and agencies, and other relevant stakeholders.
• Demonstrated experience building country capacity and systems.
• Practical experience in project start-up and hiring, supervising, and mentoring staff to meet programmatic needs.
• Strong English-language communication skills, both oral and written.
• At least five years of professional experience working in Ethiopia preferred, but not required.