Chief of Party

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Organization: Adventist Development and Relief Agency International
Closing date: 03 Oct 2015

Title: Chief of Party


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is a global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that demonstrates God’s love and compassion. ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.

ADRA International is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As such we have the right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in the hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not found, we will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand, respect and honor the mission, purpose, and identity of ADRA International.


ADRA International seeks resumes (CV) from qualified Chief of Party candidates for an anticipated multi-year Food Security program. Candidates who demonstrate multi-sector and cross-cutting experience are highly desirable.


The Chief of Party (CoP) will have overall management responsibility for the implementation of the project and will be the key decision-maker for solving problems and ensuring the success of the project. S/he will be responsible for the management and oversight of the project, including leading the preparation of sector work plans, monitoring project progress and timely delivery of all reporting and deliverables, ensuring performance quality, and complying with USAID (donor) and ADRA requirements. The CoP will report to ADRA International and to the ADRA country office as needed. The CoP will supervise all other project staff, such as the Deputy Chief of Party, the technical sector lead, the M&E team, the Finance and Accounting team, and all other program-focused staff. When applicable, the CoP will be responsible for monitoring performance and coordinating with sub partners.


  • Represent the project, ADRA, and partners to stakeholders, donors, and other relevant institutions or individuals.
  • Ensure appropriate coordination of all sub-awards or sub-contracts, including supporting management of these partners and ensuring reporting and compliance with USAID and ADRA policies and requirements.
  • Provide programmatic vision, strategic plans, direction and leadership.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID Mission, program partners; key local stakeholders, INGOs, the ADRA Country Office and ADRA International, including maintaining appropriate communication and consultation.
  • Candidate must be highly competent in building networks/networking skills, have strong problem-solving skills, and possess ability to listen and influence, negotiation, and other techniques, strong communication ability both written and orally.
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for staff professional development
  • Oversee all communications and reporting to the donor and ADRA senior managers;
  • Monitor financial management, reporting and transactions to ensure successful programmatic accountability;
  • Coordinate activities for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting including drafting and reviewing quarterly or annual reports and managing the mid-term and final evaluation processes;
  • Supervise all local staff affiliated with the program;
  • Provide technical assistance to program staff as needed;
  • Coordinate administrative, contracting, hiring, recruiting, financial and logistical aspects of the program;
  • Demonstrate ability to manage a multinational and diverse staff; and
    ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and communications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in international development or a relevant field;
  • Ten years of progressively increasing management responsibility in international development projects, previous experience as a Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party is highly desirable
  • At least 7 years of international work experience in interacting with developing country governments, international organizations, other bilateral donors and civil society representatives and senior level government officials is desirable.
  • Experience in managing Consortiums, relationships and International partners at the field level.
  • Experience managing a USG cooperative agreement or contract, at least five years of senior program management experience including direct supervision of professional and support staff is desirable
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in one or more of the following sectors: food security; health; nutrition; local capacity building; community development; agricultural value chain development; village savings and loan groups; natural resource management; resilience and risk-management; and gender-sensitive approaches;
  • Excellent communicator with demonstrated experience in communicating complex processes to diverse stakeholders, including government officials at the national, provincial and district levels, service orientated NGOs, civil society organizations, donors;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain professional relationships with civil society organizations and host country government counterparts is desirable.
  • Experience with systems strengthening, capacity building, service delivery and quality improvement or policy development is desirable;
  • Experience in financial management, budget design, and partner management;
  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment;
  • Capacity to build and effectively supervise a diverse and international team of partner staff, and technical experts;
  • Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs;
  • Experience managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to communicate effectively and build relationships among staff and with partners, donors, and stakeholders; and
  • Strong written and spoken English skills.
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How to apply:

To apply for this position, please complete and submit the on-line application, including uploading your CV and other supporting documents. The web address is:

Please note: Only finalists will be contacted. Your CV may be kept on file for future opportunities. No phone calls please. ADRA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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