Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)

Democracy International
  • Location
    Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 27

Position description

Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the anticipated five-year Young People for Integrity and Accountability in Zimbabwe funded by USAID. The activity will focus on three objectives: 1) Build knowledge, attitudes, and capacities of young people to shun corruption; 2) Build and strengthen the capacity of sub-national institutions as champions for anticorruption reform and policy implementation; 3) Increase the efficacy of anti-corruption actors in public and private spheres at sub-national levels to identify, monitor, report, and address corrupt practices. This will be a full-time position based in Harare, Zimbabwe and will be contingent on award and funding. This Position is open to both expatriates and citizens of Zimbabwe. For more information, please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (link). 
The DCOP will lead programmatic, operational, and administrative activities of the activity and will report to the Chief of Party. The DCOP will support the Chief of Party to develop a strong vision and implementation by providing expertise in governance and anti-corruption to help create an evidence-based approach, integrating innovative strategies and delivering on all objectives of the project. They will also be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of operations staff, along with a subset of programmatic staff. They will also provide mentorship and training, as needed, for all national staff. The DCOP will be responsible for grants management, financial and programmatic reporting, procurement, budgeting and financial monitoring, oversight of political reporting and analysis, technical oversight of accountability activities, monitoring and evaluation, and responding to funder requests as needed.  

Essential Job Duties:

The position’s responsibilities will include: 

  • Ensure effective field coordination;
  • Provide guidance and coordinate support to the programmatic teams and sub-grantees, including identifying and promoting clear communications on issues of programmatic and budget management activities, compliance, monitoring and evaluation, and documentation;
  • Develop strategies for delivering accountability and anti-corruption monitoring in activity programming;
  • Oversee financial tracking systems and coordinate and monitor project budgets to ensure all expenditures are in compliance with DI and donor regulations and within the scope of the program’s long-term budget;
  • Ensure that timely cash flow analyses and projections are provided and accurate for internal management purposes and to the donor, as needed;
  • Review and oversee administrative, procurement, and financial management procedures and recommend improvements as needed;
  • Oversee staff capacity-building across the program and provide evaluation and workforce management to ensure their continued growth;
  • Develop regular reports and ongoing activity monitoring consistent with the requirements of DI’s contract with USAID and with internal reporting requirements;
  • Provide technical advice and support to build capacity of local organizations on specific activities;
  • Work in collaboration with internal project teams supporting youth engagement, governance, and anti-corruption in Zimbabwe; and
  • Serve as a secondary liaison for finance and administration with USAID and serve in an acting capacity in the absence of the COP.


Secondary Job Duties:

  • Contribute to ongoing Democracy International business development efforts, in Ghana and around the world.


  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience of 7 years;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID compliance and reporting requirements as well as a thorough understanding of the USAID regulatory environment;
  • Substantial experience working on projects related to democracy responsiveness, inclusion, transparency, accountability or other topics relevant to democratic development;
  • Experience and technical expertise working on youth engagement, anti-corruption reform at central and local levels, government accountability and transparency, local governance, and evidence-based decision-making particularly in an international development context, strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, conflict management, and budgeting;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Professional fluency in English is required
  • Professional fluency in a local Zimbabwean language (please list all languages spoken), desired;
  • This position is open to both expatriates and Zimbabwean citizens.


  • This position reports to the Chief of Party.
  • Direct reports may include the DI Zimbabwe team.

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