DRC - Chief of Party
Location Republic of the CongoFULL_TIME
Consultant Eloise Deblois
Date posted 17 October 20192019-10-21 2019-12-16 not-for-profit-and-charities Kinshasa CG 00000 ZAR 885000 1240000 1240000 YEAR Robert Walters https://www.robertwaltersafrica.com https://www.robertwaltersafrica.com/content/dam/robert-walters/global/images/logos/web-logos/square-logo.png
African Parks is currently seeking a Chief of Party to work on two five-year USAID-funded cooperative agreements: Garamba Chinko Protected Areas (GCPA) Project; and Community Based Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CBCWT) Projects, both in the Mbomou-Uele border region in northeastern DRC and southeastern CAR.
Regionally based, the Chief of Party (COP) will be actively engaged in all aspects of program planning, execution and reporting. S/he will serve as the main point of contact between the three Protected Areas targeted by the CBCWT Cooperative Agreement (Garamba National Park and Bili-Uélé in DRC; Chinko in CAR) and between the implementing partners over the two five-year projects. The COP will ensure performance quality and compliance with funder rules and regulations, and be responsible for the management and oversight of the USAID funded projects, including the preparation of work-plans, monitoring activity progress, and timely delivery of all reporting and deliverables. He will also be responsible for ensuring strong relationships and dialogue with project partners.
• Lead and provide overall strategic vision, leadership and project management capacity.
• Supervise program staff and ensure accountability to African Parks and USAID rules and regulations.
• Act as the primary program representative to USAID, relevant government entities, partners, other implementers and stakeholders.
• Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative
viewpoints are welcomed.
• Convene and chair meetings of the CBCWT Project Steering Committee to ensure annual work plans are reviewed, debated and adapted to reflect ever changing situations and feedback, bringing together all implementing partners and technical inputs as needed
• Convene CBCWT Advisory Group semi-annually and on an ad hoc basis as required
• Brief USAID on CBCWT and GCPA updates and developments; relay USAID feedback to the larger team
• Liaise with park colleagues and African Parks’ Head Office to refine joint indicators, coordinate efforts and find ever greater ways in which to leverage off of each other’s efforts.
• Provide general technical direction for the implementation and development of project activities
• Ensure a shared project vision and an adaptive ‘theory of change’ among African Parks and across all the consortium
• Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.
• Coordinate activities of USAID funded projects with consortium partners, local and national government and other stakeholders.
• Oversee, and in some cases, carry out the delivery of the project’s technical activities in accordance with the project work plan.
• Ensure that adequate technical assistance is provided to Garamba and Chinko management teams, supervising the recruitment and engagement of technical experts, partners and project staff, as and when relevant.
• Liaise with CBCWT Advisory Group – as a body and with individual members – to seek additional support or technical expertise on issues as they arise.
• Consult on crisis management and overall context analysis
Administrative and financial responsibilities:
• Review CBCWT and GCPA standard tools and templates, ensuring alignment with USAID award terms.
• Ensure GCPA and CBCWT activities are carried out in accordance with award rule and regulations and are consistent with African Parks’ policies and procedures.
• Supervise development of projects reporting and briefings for submission to USAID and all stakeholders.
• Relevant university degree (Masters or Postgraduate), in Social Sciences, International Development, conservation, international Relations or other relevant field
• Required minimum experience: 10+ years of progressively responsible experience managing programs of a similar nature in a leadership and management role.
• Proven experience in programme design and management, including budget expenditure, reporting, proposal writing, staff management, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
• Demonstrated supervisory skills in direct project management of large and complex donor-funded projects and proven ability to oversee multiple activities simultaneously in multiple locations; USAID contract management preferred
• At least five years of senior-level project management experience in conflict-affected environments, experience in eastern DRC preferred;
• Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to build and manage cooperative high-level relationships and motivate subordinates;
• Highly organized team player, pro-active and with demonstrated strong personal initiative, problem solving and decision making ability.
• Experience working with vulnerable groups, i.e. inclusive program experience;
• Experience with achieving gender equity in programming;
• Proficient oral and written skills in English and French