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Chief of Party – Local People-Centered Governance and Reconciliation Activity _ WV Somalia 77 views

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Employee Contract Type:

International Assignment – Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Job Description:

The purpose of the Chief of Party (CoP) Local Governance and Reconciliation Activity (LGRA) position in Somalia is to manage structure, coordinate and support the full USAID-funded People-Centered Governance Activities in Somalia. The position will support Somali communities in establishing the initial governance and safety conditions necessary to address the long-term social, economic, and political causes of Somalia’s instability by reducing the factors that enable violent extremist organizations (VEOs) to gain and maintain influence. The COP will oversee a team of experts and support staff, prepare reports and annual operating plans, align project initiatives with in-country priorities and ensure the program is compliant with USAID and World Vision regulations.


Job Description

  • Manage proactive and responsive relationship with USAID in close collaboration with World Vision staff, both in Somalia and in the U.S.
  • Direct and oversee grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation, and quality assurance.
  • Establish a comprehensive understanding about major policy, strategy and program landscape of governance and reconciliation activities in the Country; identify, develop and undertake viable strategies for successful institutionalization and sustainability of governance and reconciliation activities.
  • Develop strategic plans, annual and quarterly work plans, and overall management of the program in line with USAID guidelines to achieve project objectives;
  • Ensure the development of strong M&E mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure high quality implementation;
  • Ensure the application of robust evidence and learning system to inform the implementation of the project
  • Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase impact in children with disabilities and disadvantages.
  •  Responsible for ensuring the program is implemented successfully and within established timelines
  • Provide policy and strategy level advisory assistance to Somalia government and other major governance and reconciliation activities actors
  • Represent World Vision Somalia with partners and key stakeholders, maintain positive relationships with USAID, local ministries, and the country office team;
  • Liaise with local government officials, especially education officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Liaise with government departments, local government officials, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Influence decision makers and policy designers to inculcate the project results.
  • The CoP will work closely with the awards manager to ensure that the project is implemented according to USAID polices and principles and that there are no disallowable expenses.
  • Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure project staff submit accurate and timely financial reports, forecasts, and burn rate analyses to donors and Support Office staff.
  • Fully agreeable performance to USAID polices/procedures & requirements


Required Professional Experience 

  • Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, international development, management, policy, public administration, political science, law, international relations, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience managing programs of a similar focus and complexity, on topics such as community building, decentralization, conflict mitigation, local governance, public engagement, and/or institutional capacity-building programs
  • Familiarity with USAID programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs.
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, effective organizational development, partnership building, managerial, team building, and communications skills.
  • Proven ability to coordinate with other key stakeholders such as governmental and non-governmental organizations in Somalia.
  • Strong presentation and report writing skills.
  • Experience of leading large and diverse teams.
  • Experience in leading and managing large grants in a complex environment.
  •  Experience as a CoP, “key personnel”, or senior expert advisor required.
  • Experience in managing sub grants and contracts under grants for complex projects.
  • Fluency in English.

Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Sound knowledge and experience of effective and proven experiences of coaching large teams.
  • Sound knowledge and experience of on governance and reconciliation
  • Sound knowledge of strategies and techniques to manage the effective implementation of USAID funded large grants.
  • Excellent relationship building skills including ability to engage and influence across all levels with key decision makers / executives of a variety of key external organisations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team.
  • Experience successfully building local capacity and local systems strengthening through programming.

Travel and/or Work

  • Requirement  Work environment:  Office-based with some travel
  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25 % of the time.

Applicant Types Accepted:

Local and International Applicants (IA’s) Accepted

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