French & English Speaking Chief of Party

Equal Access
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 01

Position description

Equal Access International (EAI), a non-governmental organization headquarted in Washington, D.C., partners with communities around the world to co-create sustainable solutions utilizing community engagement, participatory media, and technology. With funding from bi-laterals, multi-laterals, foundations, and individual donors, EAI has a 20-year track record implementing media and social change projects. EAI seeks a Chief of Party (COP) to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Resilience for Peace (R4P) program. The COP position is based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.  



In February 2021, Equal Access International (EAI) began implementing Resilience for Peace (R4P), a five-year project (currently in its second year) aimed at strengthening community resilience and learning, particularly for youth and women, to counter violent extremism (CVE) in Côte d’Ivoire’s northern border areas with funding from USAID. EAI is recruiting for a Chief of Party to lead overall program implementation and quality control, including technical leadership, management of human resources, physical assets, financial oversight and communications. S/he will directly supervise the DCOP, Financial Manager, and Regional Field Manager based in Korhogo. 



  •  Prepare strategic plans, annual work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines.
  •  Ensure technical compliance with the agreement/contract with USAID and timely delivery of project activities.
  •  Oversee systems and staff to ensure that program results are met.
  •  Ensure proper financial management, procurement, human resources and logistics, management in compliance with USG rules and regulations and EAI’s internal policies.
  •  Create a positive working environment for all staff and training opportunities for team members.
  •  Facilitate collaborative partnerships between relevant donors and stakeholders.
  •  Design and oversee CVE programming across Northern Côte d'Ivoire.



  • A graduate degree in a relevant social, technical or political science (e.g, conflict management and peacebuilding, communications, public administration, business administration, international relations, political science, law etc.) 
  • Ten years of experience managing public or private international programs in peace promotion, countering violent extremism, conflict mitigation, or governance-related programs, preferably including previous experience in Francophone West Africa. 
  • Previous experience as a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party on a donor-funded project with a strong reputation for developing excellent collaborative working relationships with counterparts, other contractors and international organizations and donors. 
  • Proven experience monitoring, evaluating and documenting progress toward meeting project objectives evaluating contractor and grantee activities through consultative meetings, site visits and reporting requirements working out solutions to keep activities on track; and providing overall guidance and direction focusing the activity team on achieving agreed targets and long-term strategic objectives. 
  •  Demonstrated skills in effectively working, coordinating, and negotiating with donors, other USAID projects, U.S. embassies, and host-country governments and organizations. 
  •  Ability to successfully manage and develop staff in a multi-country and multi-cultural setting as demonstrated by past experience. 
  •  Ability to manage USAID awards and all required reporting requirements. 
  •  Must have demonstrated experience managing programs that effectively address gender issues and advance women's empowerment. 
  •  Must demonstrate significant governance and conflict expertise. 
  •  Demonstrated commitment to customer service. 
  •  Professional proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and French. 
  •  Technical experience in CLA, communication, or economic empowerment, natural resource management, or other R4P thematic areas. 
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy-makers.

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