Chief of party | Washington, D.C. | 2022

Chemonics

Chemonics seeks a Chief of Party for the anticipated 5-year Fragile Waters Activity. Chemonics International Inc. is a US-based international development consulting firm with experience operating in 150 countries preparing for the anticipated USAID-funded Fragile Waters Activity.

The purpose of Fragile Waters is to support agile and sustainable water security, sanitation and hygiene (WSSH) programming in fragile contexts, with a focus on supporting locally-led approaches to address the reality that WSSH challenges confronting the world are highly nuanced and fast evolving–particularly as the adverse impacts of climate change continue to unfold. Through this broad, flexible global support mechanism, USAID will fill critical gaps in partner countries’ ability to tackle longer and more common protracted conflicts, as well as more frequent and intense weather events and increasing rates of climate change-related migration through enabling a fundamental shift in the WSSH community’s approach to programming in fragile contexts. This will focus on strengthening water security for all uses and users, as well as adapting, providing and maintaining WASH services, which is critical for achieving and maintaining development gains in communities and countries that face the compounding risks of climate change, conflict, and COVID-19.

The Chief of Party (COP) shall provide strategic and technical leadership and will have overall responsibility for the successful and responsive implementation of the Activity. S/he will supervise all activities related to this program and manage the successful performance of technical assistance and operations. The COP will be the official representative of the contractor and have primary responsibility for liaising with high-level USAID and government officials, forging alliances with stakeholders, and managing multiple ongoing activities across the globe. This long-term position will be based in Washington, DC with international travel as needed. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide overall leadership, management, and technical direction for the project, in close coordination with USAID Washington and counterpart USAID operating units.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID on strategic, managerial, and technical matters, including responsibility for making key decisions and solving programmatic challenges in a timely manner.
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID rules and regulations, contract requirements, and Chemonics policies and systems.
  • Apply expert understanding of WSSH programming and crisis response with specialization in any of the following in fragile contexts: local capacity strengthening of service providers, authorities, and stakeholders; rapid analyses to inform WSSH programming; WSSH services and systems; and, research and learning.
  • Liaise with and maintain effective working relations with senior Government officials of partner countries, stakeholders, international organizations, private sector partners, NGOs, civil society, U.S. Government agencies, and USAID Missions.
  • Communicate clear expectations to project staff and partners and establish an operating environment that encourages integrity, honesty, open communications, and commitment to compliance with local laws, USAID rules and regulations, and Chemonics’ policies and procedures.
  • Provide general oversight of the project, including overall responsibility for the project’s operations, strategic vision, fiscal integrity, quality and timing of deliverables, and coordination with partners.
  • Engage with the Chemonics’ Washington office technical practice management teams to development and facilitate best practices, thought leadership, and knowledge sharing.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in areas related to water resources, management, sustainable development, environmental science, engineering, or combined work and education experience in a related field
  • A minimum of 10 years of senior-level experience in the design, implementation, and management of USAID projects, preferably on global or regional programs
  • Ability to scope and plan interventions in response to changing contexts and conditions, in close coordination with USAID
  • Proven record of building teams and fostering collaboration with diverse stakeholders to achieve project goals, meet project milestones, and produce quality project results
  • Ability to engage and build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders in a manner respectful of local culture and customs
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required, additional language skills preferred

Application instructions:

Applicants should be submitted to [email protected] by July 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Chemonics values the protection of your personal data. If you are in the European Union, please read our EU Recruiting Data Privacy Notice to learn how we process personal data. You may access the notice via the following link: https://chemonics.com/eu-recruiting-data-privacy-notice/.

How to apply

Applicants should be submitted to [email protected] by July 1, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Chemonics values the protection of your personal data. If you are in the European Union, please read our EU Recruiting Data Privacy Notice to learn how we process personal data. You may access the notice via the following link: https://chemonics.com/eu-recruiting-data-privacy-notice/.