Creative Associates International, Inc. (Creative) is seeking a Temporary Chief of Party (COP) for an USAID-funded grants-based project. The COP is to be based in Abuja, Nigeria and will oversee all programmatic aspects of the project, ensuring effective and efficient operations for a USAID-funded, small grants, quick impact project.
Reporting & Supervision: The Chief of Party will report to the Project Director at Creative headquarters.
- Manages and is responsible for technical and financial performance of the project;
- Manages in-country staff to ensure that the project is achieving all contract deliverables;
- Ensures technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to Creative’s policies and procedures and consistent with USAID regulations;
- Works in partnership with the Creative Headquarters-based Project Director, engaging in frequent, routine communication with the Home Office so that the Project Director is aware of both progress and potential issues, and soliciting assistance and input as needed to ensure timely resolution of any potential problems;
- Manages project team in a manner that is open and respectful and encourages professional development, and solicits constructive staff input;
- Manages and nurtures Creative’s relationship with USAID, communicating on a frequent and consistent basis with the client;
- Manages project’s relationship with local government representatives;
- Prepares quarterly and annual reports and provide input to quarterly Workplan;
- Oversees implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities and ensures that project results are met;
- Produces appropriate materials as requested by the USAID Country Representative in consultation with Creative Washington;
- Supports implementation of Creative’s security protocols and provides leadership in handling security-related issues and addressing local staffing and personnel issues related to security;
- Works with headquarters office, Project Director to ensure project meets burn rate targets as indicated through project projections; and
- Maintains a working knowledge of project financials, working with and supporting the Finance Manager to ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place and being followed.
- Relevant work experience, including experience with a Contractor or international NGO managing an office or program;
- A minimum of five years of experience with complex, high-speed and challenging field operations in developing countries; experience in West Africa is desired;
- Experience with programs that provide quick delivery of assistance in response to emerging windows of opportunity
- Prior experience managing rapid transition programs in insecure environments;
- Experience with grant management, preferably in-kind and small grants;
- Experience working in developing countries is required, preferably in a fragile or transitional state environment;
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge establishing systems and overseeing start-up under limited time constrains as well as program close-out;
- Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs;
- Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting, and accounting); and procurement;
- Experience with activity design, development, and implementation;
- Strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to mentor staff;
- Past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming;
- Fluency in English required;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and
- Strong analytical capacity.
Desired Skills & Qualifications
- Previous experience working in West Africa or Africa is desirable.
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