Chief of Party
The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governanceas well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.
Abt Associates is currently seeking a qualified Chief of Party (COP) for the upcoming Resilience in Northern Ghana (RING) II – Systems Strengthening Activity. This Activity focuses on enhancing the ability of all stakeholders to address poor nutrition and weak resilience in northern Ghana. The RING II – Systems Strengthening activity will result in sustained improvements in the delivery of local services to achieve measurable improvements in the nutrition and resilience of an estimated 85,000 reproductive-aged women and children under five years old.
The position will be based in Tamale, Ghana and is contingent upon project award to Abt Associates.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
Provide strategic direction, long-term programmatic vision, and technical leadership to produce activity results.
Serve as the activitys key liaison with USAID and other development partners.
Establish and maintain strong relationships with USAID and local counterparts to ensure effective coordination of activities with relevant ministries; civil society, private sector, and development partners, other USAID and U.S. government-funded initiatives, and others stakeholders.
Provide leadership and technical support for activity staff and subcontractors to ensure a focus on results, achievements of annual work plan and targets, and timely/effective implementation.
Implement learning approaches to establish a culture of adaptive management that responds to contextual shifts by adapting decision making, resource allocation, and implementation approaches/strategies as necessary.
Manage country-level project operations and assist in the development of annual planning and timely, high quality implementation of activities and deliverables.
Serve as lead technical advisor providing guidance and oversight to technical staff as needed.
Oversee the country office and supervise a multi-disciplinary team of experts.
Manage the project budget and ensure the submission of timely and accurate program, financial, and procurement reports.
Create management systems in line with Abts standard operating procedures, consistent with the needs of the activity.
Uphold the standards of Abt Associates to lead a high performing team and ensures strict compliance to USAID and Abts policies, regulations, and internal controls.
Qualification Required & Experience
Masters degree in international development, economics, community development, public health or related field.
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience implementing multisector international development programs focusing on one or several of the following technical sectors: community resilience and development, agriculture, food security, public health, and/or nutrition.
At least 5 years of experience in a managerial or leadership role for a multi-sectoral international development program.
Demonstrated management, leadership, political acumen, and related skills.
Demonstrated success managing complex donor programs is desired, previous USAID experience strongly preferred.
Experience in a country with strong security measures required highly preferred.
Experience building and maintaining partnerships with host country governments and international agencies.
Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills in English required.
Ghanaian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
How To Apply For The Job
Interested candidates may send their CV and cover letter to:
Please include the position title and “Ghana RING II” in the subject line of the email. One email per position application.
Closing Date: 22 January, 2021