Chief of Party

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Sri Lanka
Organization: FHI 360
Closing date: 12 Jan 2021

FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Party for an anticipated multiyear USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives Climate Change Adaptation program. The purpose of the activity is to advance Sri Lanka and the Maldives development objectives to address climate change threats and support disaster risk resilience programming. USAID has identified the following two cores objectives;

Enhance the resilience of the Maldivian government, private sector, and local environmental and community groups to adopt to the vulnerabilities of climate change. Strengthen the resilience of the public and private sectors In Sri Lanka to reduce vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change.

This position is subject to project award and funding.

Job Summary

The Chief of Party (COP) will provide strategic, managerial, technical leadership and management oversight to the project. S/he will oversee all aspects of project implementation, including program quality, personnel and financial management. S/he will maintain close coordination with USAID and other stakeholders, ensuring that all project interventions are of high quality and lead to measurable impact. S/he will be responsible for timely and adequate implementation of project activities, deliverables and execution, monitoring and reporting of the project. The COP will serve as the principal liaison to USAID/Sri Lanka and the Maldives and is responsible for ensuring compliance with FHI 360 policies and procedures and USG rules and regulations. The COP will be responsible for ensuring sub-awardee compliance and monitoring quality of program implementation. The position will be based in either Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads the project team, technical and operational aspects of the project, including planning and implementation; ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, and encourages effective teamwork;
  • Provides overall project leadership, management, and technical direction while ensuring compliance with USAID requirements, U.S. government regulations, and FHI 360 policies and procedures;
  • Liaises with USAID/Sri Lanka and the Maldives, local government institutions, civil society organizations, private sector companies and other stakeholders to coordinate activities and facilitate monitoring and reporting of project objectives and achievements;
  • Liaises with USG partners and other donors and implementing agencies to ensure coordination of and synergy with other climate change, disaster risk management and natural resource management related activities;
  • Builds strong strategic partnerships with a wide group of stakeholders required to achieve project goals, including local civil society and the private sector
  • Oversees report preparation to meet USAID and corporate reporting requirements to document program performance and monitor overall award compliance;
  • Leads preparation of project deliverables, including annual work-plans and project activity updates, and other project-related communication and reporting materials in accordance with USAID deadlines;
  • Provides overall financial oversight of the budget over the life of the project;
  • Oversees a team of senior technical, operations, compliance and finance staff and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members;
  • Supervises key staff, including ensuring field staff regularly prepare and accurately update performance data;
  • Represents the project at regional, national and international fora, including technical and investment conferences, policy briefings, networking events, etc.;
  • Organizes country-level teams and oversee production of SOPs to meet project goals and ensure compliance with policies; and
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to managers and staff to achieve project goals and develop national leadership capacity.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree; or its international equivalent or higher in a relevant field of study, such as climate change, environmental management, spatial planning, economics, public policy, natural, earth, or physical sciences; business administration, governance, or other related field is required. Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • At least 10+ years of professional experience in climate change/environment and natural resources management, or private sector engagement, 10 years of experience as a COP, or equivalent, managing and implementing high-volume USAID and other donor-funded environment projects in complex settings, with specific experience working with government counterparts, international donors, and local organizations to strengthen the climate change and environment sectors.
  • Proven experience working with government officials in either Sri Lanka or the Maldives is highly desirable, to support strategy development, implementation plans and decision making;
  • Prior experience in working in Sri Lanka and the Maldives is preferred and/or knowledge of the climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction sectors
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.
FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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