MSI is currently seeking expressions of interest from prospective Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)- Operations candidates for an anticipated USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) West Africa project. The project is likely to be based in Accra, Ghana with potential for regular travel and engagement within the region. Potential countries of focus include Niger, Ghana, Guinea, Togo, Benin, and Côte dIvoire.
The DCOP- Operations plays a key role in supporting the Chief Of Party (COP) in managing MSIs day-to-day field presence in the areas of operations, including the projects facilities (such as office space, equipment, and project vehicles), administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting (which may include cash flow management, timesheet recording and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures). The DCOP-Operations responsibilities may include ensuring that program implementation is in accordance with USG regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the Scope Of Work (SOW), which may include: monitoring grantee worthiness; assuring fair and transparent procurement processes; reviewing financial management; and monitoring activity implementation. As necessary, the DCOP-Operations will be provide coverage for the COP to include leading strategy discussions, client engagement, and overall project oversight.
All operations including but not limited to administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting, financial, and property.
Ensuring that program implementation is in accordance with USAID regulations and procedures and the specifications determined in the SOW. This will include monitoring grantee worthiness, ensuring that all procurement processes are perceived as transparent by beneficiary communities, assuring fair and transparent procurement processes, review of financial management, and monitoring grant implementation.
Ensuring that the most reasonable, fair, expeditious, and appropriate procurement choices were made pursuant to the Contractors Procurement Guide.
Supervising the Contractors day-to-day field presence in the areas of operations (including the projects facilities such as office space, equipment and project vehicles), administration, logistics, procurement, budgeting and financial accounting and act as the Chief of Party when s/he is absent from the program.
Supervising the daily financial operations of the contract, which include cash flow management, timesheet recording, reporting to OTI on the financial aspects of the project, and daily monitoring of obligations, budgets, and expenditures.
Ensuring continuous liquidity for the project; handling all human resource issues; supervising the day-to-day implementation of all grants made under the program; and investigating and identifying new ways of achieving project efficiencies.
Coordinating with the Contractor Home Office on all compliance issues, seeking legal and policy guidance on sanctions and other applicable restrictions.
While not directly responsible for overseeing activity development, the DCOP – Operations will be expected to have a good grasp of the programmatic aspects of the program and be prepared to step in as needed to support the COP and other program staff in activity development aspects of the project while staying apprised of the evolution of the local political, legal, and economic situation and on how to continuously adapt the program.
The DCOP-Operations may be required to serve as acting COP when needed.
A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience and a bachelors degree or ten (10) years of relevant work experience without a bachelors degree. Relevant experience entails working on donor-funded projects in a related role.
Experience working in developing countries is required.
The candidate should be fluent in the Contractors and USAIDs policies and procedures regarding human resources, financial management, financial reporting, and procurement processes, systems, and grants management.
Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting and accounting); and procurement.
Experience with grants or small grants under contract programs.
Demonstrated working proficiency in French.
Complete fluency in written and oral English.
Experience with a donor, contractor, or international NGO managing an office or program, preferred.
Experience working in a fragile or transitional state environment, preferred.
Experience working on donor-funded projects in a related role with demonstrated supervisory experience, preferred.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in establishing systems and overseeing program start-up under limited time constraints, preferred.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in overseeing program close-out, preferred.
Experience working in Benin, Côte dIvoire, Ghana, Guinea and/or Togo, preferred.
Experience working in other sub-Saharan countries (West Africa preferred) undergoing transition.
Experience with remote management in transition environments, preferred.
Experience working in security- and logistically- challenged environments, preferred.
MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email MSI.Dept.HRRecruiting@tetratechinc.onmicrosoft.com with Reasonable Accommodations in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.
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MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.
About the Organization
MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.
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