Chief of Party/USAID Disaster Risk Management Activity Ethiopia

Oxford Policy Management (OPM)
  • Location
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 22

Position description

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) seeks an experienced Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID Disaster Risk Management Activity in Ethiopia. The purpose of this activity is to strengthen DRM planning and preparedness in the country, especially at the regional level, improve DRM coordination and enhance resource mobilization and management. Details about the anticipated opportunity can be found here:

Chief of party 

Position Description:

The COP will be responsible for the vision and overall leadership of the team; serving as the program representative; liaising with USAID, local and national government, and other key stakeholders; and oversee technical and operational functions to achieve the project goals.


  • Lead and manage the Disaster Risk Management Activity in Ethiopia, by (a) providing overall strategic planning, leading a diverse team of technical and administrative staff, (b) ensuring that the team delivers to work plan and cost (c) designing MEL systems and (d) ensuring learning is fed back into the project.
  • Serve as OPM’s liaison with USAID and work closely with USAID Ethiopia Program Office and key stakeholders including government, service providers and various public and private sector organizations
  • Ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of high-quality technical assistance to USAID Mission, partners, and stakeholders and provide daily management and technical direction of the awarded activity.
  • Ensure contractual compliance, HR and financial management of the project.
  • Monitor activity progress and ensure quality of control of deliverables produced by partners and external consultants.
  • Coordinate with OPM country offices and USAID counterparts to ensure a high standard of compliance with OPM, Host Country, and USAID regulations and requirements

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Post graduate degree, Master’s degree or PhD preferably, in the field of climate and disaster management, natural resource management, climate science, environmental economics, international relations or political science.
  • Have a minimum of ten (10) years of specialized experience in the field of leadership and organizational development.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing as a COP or DCOP USAID projects of similar scope in complex, sensitive environments, and knowledge of USAID programming rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated management skills, including budget and personnel management, supervising team efforts, performance management, program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, and achieving success in complex activities.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of disaster risk management, which responsive safety nets, public health emergency management, capacity building and disaster risk finance.
  • Experience working with sub-national government institutions in Ethiopia
  • Experience establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations.
  • Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders and engage in coalition-building.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English (Written and oral).


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