The Chief of Party will be responsible for implementing the Hamro Samman counter-trafficking program in Nepal. Hamro Samman is a five-year counter-trafficking in persons (CTIP) project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The program seeks to strengthen federal, provincial, and local government efforts to combat TIP, improve civil society organization advocacy, and increase private sector partnerships to assist survivors and those at risk of being trafficked.
The Chief of Party is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of the program. S/he will establish and maintain systems for project operations; ensure that all agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; coordinate and maintain working relationships with project stakeholders (including the Government of Nepal and private industry stakeholders, subgrantees, and/or subcontractors); lead collaborative initiatives with relevant government ministries and officials as well as private companies; and oversee the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to USAID.
- Manage the program, maintaining clearly defined scopes of work and delegation of responsibilities among the various team members;
- Establish and maintain systems and effective practices for scaled-up program operations;
- Develop and oversee the program’s annual planning and ensure timely, high quality implementation of activities and deliverables;
- Oversee and support monitoring and evaluation of program implementation and deliverables, including close supervision of the project’s comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) plan;
- Oversee the program budget, monitor spending, and ensure that all activities are reflected in annual budget allocations, in compliance with Winrock policy and donor guidelines;
- With support from field and home office staff, prepare and submit timely and accurate program, financial, and procurement reports to donor and Winrock;
- Maintain close communication with the donor, reporting regularly for formal review sessions and providing ongoing, informal updates of program progress, and serve as the point of contact with the USAID Agreement Officer Representative (AOR);
- Hire and supervise local staff, provide ongoing feedback and mentoring, and evaluate their performance;
- Provide technical and strategic leadership to achieve buy-in to develop stakeholder (including host country government agency officials) capacity to promote safe migration and CTIP at national and local levels;
- Provide leadership, technical assistance, support, and oversight to partner CSOs/NGOs;
- Organize, lead, and participate in collaborative initiatives with government officials to create and amend policies relating to safe migration and CTIP;
- Represent the program and Winrock to donors, local and national government entities, the media, local NGOs, and local business communities;
- Work with Winrock management and other colleagues to leverage and align program work with other efforts to maximize impact;
- Promote communication, experience sharing, and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned across country teams and with other relevant actors/programs.
Successful candidates will have excellent management, communication and negotiation skills, demonstrating the ability to lead and build consensus, cooperation, and coalitions among individuals, civil society groups, private sector, and government officials with competing interests. Experience working to strengthen civil society and government systems is required. Specialization in at least two of the following is strongly preferred: counter trafficking in persons, labor rights, private sector partnerships, rule of law, advocacy, grant management, organizational capacity building, and/or sustainability. Significant USAID project management experience and leadership is highly desired.
- Master’s level degree required in international development, management, social science, human rights, education, economic development, law, public policy, or other related field of study.
- Applicants must have a minimum of eight years of experience in a senior management position in a project of similar magnitude and complexity, preferably including experience in cross-sector programming. Experience working in Nepal or the South Asia region is strongly preferred.
- Experience managing international projects to the highest ethical standards;
- Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills in the management of complex, multi-activity programming, on time and on budget;
- Demonstrated success in motivating and supervising diverse teams of employees as well as mentoring local staff and local organizations, with a focus on transferring skills and knowledge;
- Financial management, budget design, and budget management experience;
- Proven ability to build consensus and coalitions among individuals, civil society groups, private sector, and government officials with competing interests;
- Experience with gender equality and/or social inclusion in development programs;
- Experience in strengthening civil society and government systems;
- Ability to coordinate and collaborate with other donor programs and with USAID implementing partners for creative solutions, and complementarities to maximize results;
- Experience in strategic planning and work-plan development and implementation of strategic plans;
- Experience designing and implementing or overseeing monitoring and evaluation systems.
- Fluency in English required; proficiency in Nepali is preferred;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, and political context governing anti-trafficking and safe migration issues in developing countries, preferably South Asia;
- Experience working with the Government of Nepal at the national and sub-national level desired;
- Knowledge of US Government regulations, policies, and procedures or those of an equivalently complex international government funding organization;
- Experience with private sector engagement and partnerships in supply chains desirable;
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, and ethical management skills;
- Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (Microsoft).
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