Chief of Party - Market Systems and Partnerships

The QED Group, LLC
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Dec 31

Position description

QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in close to 100 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.


We are currently seeking a Chief of Party (COP) candidate for the upcoming USAID/Global Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity. The objective of MSP is to advance learning and good practice on market systems development and private sector engagement within USAID (Washington and Missions), USAID partners, and beyond by providing and improving upon the evidence, capacity, tools, technical assistance, and/or services required to design, implement, monitor, and/or evaluate activities that lead to inclusive and resilient agriculture-led economic growth, improved food security and nutrition, and increased incomes for the poor. 


The COP will be responsible for providing the vision and overall leadership to the team, as well as providing overall activity management and technical operations oversight. The COP will supervise the work of activity personnel and subcontractors and ensure that all activity assistance is technically sound and appropriate. They will also oversee work planning, performance management, and strategic communications. The COP will serve as the primary liaison to USAID, global partners, and other key stakeholders. S/he will contribute to a successful, highly responsive, flexible, results-driven agenda.



The Chief of Party (COP) will lead and manage QED’s efforts to achieve the program results. S/he will provide vision and overall leadership to activity operations; drive the achievement of program results by ensuring the provision of timely, relevant, high quality services; facilitate the intended mutually supportive relationship between QED and the client; serve as the primary point of contact with the client on day-to-day program implementation and management issues; supervise the work of all staff and partners assigned to tasks under the program; ensure timely, accurate and user-friendly reporting on the progress and status of all services provided under the program; and ensure compliance and integrity of operations.


1. Program Management of Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring Activities

  • Define, gain consensus, and redefine the vision guiding implementation; identify and pursue targets of opportunity
  • Develop a work plan with team members and initiate work plans’ implementation
  • Direct and monitor execution of activities within the work plan, ensuring that there is consensus on project objectives; that activities are performed to a high professional standard; and objectives are met
  • Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments
  • Schedule regular meetings with the project team as a vehicle for guiding the project
  • Allocate/reallocate contract resources, manage project budget, and ensure financial health for the project
  • Ensure sound financial management including programmatic, budgeting, spending, projections, and monitoring of payments
  • Determine causes and effects of deviations from work plan
  • Anticipate potential future problems in time to ensure that preventive measures can be taken
  • Using feedback received during project monitoring and evaluation activities propose and implement actions to remedy deviations from the work plan, or to change the work plan
  • Reassess objectives, strategy, and/or plans
  • If appropriate, recommend changes in project objectives and/or contract scope of work

2. Personnel Management

  • Motivate staff to perform effectively toward project objectives, through communication, team building incentives, and responsiveness
  • Create a positive working environment for all staff and ensure growth and professional development opportunities
  • Define personnel needs and scopes of work
  • Make final selections of personnel to be proposed to client
  • Manage and evaluate work done by team members
  • Conduct annual performance reviews and recommend/internally negotiate salary adjustments
  • Determine whether/when/how to make early termination of field employees
  • Ensure adequate and timely provision of contract-allowed benefits and allowances
  • Deal with personnel issues and concerns of team members, ensuring their welfare and safety along with the Home Office HR team

3. Communications and Information Management

  • Maintain two-way communication throughout the project with Client, team, home office, subcontractors and other relevant project organizations
  • Communicate with interested individuals, organizations, stakeholders as needed
  • Make formal and informal presentations on request by Client or as needed for other parties
  • Prepare periodic reports to Client on progress towards project objectives
  • Exercise “spin control”
  • Represent Company interests
  • Promote the project among Ministry/client department heads, professional groups, and other relevant people
  • Establish criteria, guidelines, and formats for project plans and reports

4. Contract Management

  • Execute contract in compliance with contract provisions
  • Manage contract and project finances (budget and funds)
  • Recommend changes in contract and budget
  • Develop input for and guide response to audit questions and client feedback
  • Manage commodity procurement, inventory and general logistics
  • Ensure high quality in fulfilling contract
  • Represent QED by protecting its contractual interests
  • Oversee the performance of partners/sub-awardees

5. Technical

  • Carry out technical duties
  • Participate in effective information sharing and knowledge management

6. Other Duties and Responsibilities as Related to Assignment and Position

  • Develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members
  • Support identification of growth opportunities in the region for QED and participate in business development as needed
  • Other duties as requested by QED Management and/or Project Director


  • Master’s degree in international relations or affairs, economics, business, agriculture, or related field
  • At least fifteen years of progressively increasing responsibility in managing large-scale and complex comprehensive contracts or awards
  • At least five to ten years of experience serving as a Chief of Party, Country Director, or Team Leader for projects involving economic growth and development, knowledge management, improving business processes, or communication
  • Experience providing strategic design, program planning, and program management services
  • Prior experience with investment mobilization for agriculture; market systems development; private sector engagement and partnerships in agriculture; commercializing agriculture research; capacity building; and Learning, outcomes, and impact for market systems development and private sector engagement in agriculture
  • Demonstrated thought leadership through speaking engagements, presentations, and publications in market systems and/or private sector engagement.
  • At least three years’ experience living and working in developing country environments
  • Knowledge of and experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures
  • Proven ability to understand client needs, ensure client satisfaction, and deliver timely and appropriate solutions
  • Excellent communication, management, and interpersonal skills
  • Foreign language proficiency in Spanish, French, or Arabic preferred

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