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The DCOP under the supervision of the Chief of Party, will oversee the implementation of the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance-funded Development Food Security Activity entitled Titukulane (Let us work together for development). Titukulane is a $75M, five-year (2019 – 2024) program funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and led by CARE together with partners Emmanuel International, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Save the Children, and WaterAid. The project aims to support implementation and ensure effectiveness of the Malawi National Resilience Strategy (NRS), which is established to guide investments in agriculture, reduce impacts and improve recovery from shocks, promote household resilience, strengthen management of Malawi’s natural resources, and facilitate coordination between government institutions, civil society organizations, and development partners. The project directly targets up to 290,413 households across Zomba and Mangochi Districts.
The DCOP will lead the development of high-quality and practical project implementation plans that meet the technical expectations of the project theory of change. S/he will lead and mentor a team of six 6 senior Project Management Unit (PMU)-based staff covering various technical fields. The DCOP will oversee implementation, identify and resolve challenges in coordination with technical and operational leads, and promote ongoing quality improvements throughout the life of the project. The DCOP will lead the development of standard operating procedures and work across the implementation teams to ensure project objectives and targets are met as per approved work plans. The DCOP will spend significant time visiting field level Titukulane program operations to assess both qualitative and quantitative performance, and work actively with key personnel, technical leads and even field level staff to address these issues and share learnings internally.
Core to the DCOP’s work will be the promotion of a data-driven, learning culture that pursues on evidence-based actions to expand successful activities and adjust or terminate initiatives that fail. Building the overall project team’s capacity to work in these ways and communicating best practices to relevant parties will be central to those efforts.
The DCOP will partner with the Chief of Party to guarantee quality, efficiency, integrity, and learning throughout the project’s duration. Specifically, s/he will be the overall lead on strategy development and implementation and provide oversight and technical guidance to and resolve challenges in implementation of the program’s theory of change, results framework, monitoring and evaluation framework, and work plans.
Staff supervision and Technical Management
- Provide direct technical oversight and support to program activities under the project’s key technical areas.
- Assist program teams to develop and implement innovative approaches to capacity building.
- Support project staff to ensure high-quality activity implementation of project activities.
- Work closely with technical leads to ensure a cohesive and integrated approach across all project activities.
- Provide guidance and technical support to the Chief of Party on issues related to the technical areas/functions and to ensure that all activities are consistent with accepted best practices.
Quality Project Implementation, Learning, Planning and Deliverables
- Ensure technical interventions are integrated, layered and sequenced appropriately at all levels of implementation within the program and with other programs and actors, especially those implemented by USAID.
- Oversee the coordinated planning (of activities and budgets) and implementation of the project in line with innovative strategies, technical standards, and CARE priorities and program principles.
- Ensure that activity components are results-oriented, that deliverables are high quality, and that reporting is relevant and timely. The DCOP must focus on achieving results in all areas on schedule and ensuring synergies and cohesion between the various result areas.
- Coordinate monthly activity updates, technical, quarterly and annual progress reporting and analyze lessons learned and emerging issues to inform programme improvements.
- In collaboration with the COP, ensure the adequacy of planning, monitoring and reporting to meet established programmatic and financial targets and time frames.
Project Resources Efficiency in Compliance with Donor Rules and Regulations
- Ensure efficient use of project resources, adherence to USAID/BHA and CARE standards and compliance with USAID rules and regulations.
- Monitor overall program budget burn rates (Budget versus Actual) and lead meetings with Finance colleagues and project managers on at least a quarterly basis.
- Monitor financial performance of CARE implementing partners per plans and commitments made to donors and government, recommending adjustments when needed.
Networking and Partnership Management
- Participate in technical networks, meetings and select technical working groups, as appropriate, to represent the project and ensure collaboration of relevant technical work.
- Build and manage strong working relationships with all the project’s implementing partners and technical and resource partners to ensure the implementation plan is applied consistently and with quality. Facilitate the resolution of technical conflicts amongst partners and foster a healthy partnership team.
- Build and sustain close partnerships with key project stakeholders, including Government of Malawi officials, USAID, and others to ensure programmatic layering and sequencing and share lessons and approaches for maximizing impact.
- Represent the project and CARE at external project meetings and forums (global forums, webinar).
- Masters degree in relevant field plus minimum of 10 years of recent and progressively more challenging experience working in food security, nutrition and/or livelihood security.
- Substantial (5+ years) experience working in a senior technical or management capacity on USAID-funded projects and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations.
- Experience with rural development, food and nutrition security programming, livelihood resilience, market development, and/or natural resources management.
- Proven capacity in working with a diverse group of partners including IP INGO staff, USAID staff, key Ministry officials, and local and national civil society organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain robust relationships with host governments, donors, other donors funded project and stakeholders, local org
- PhD in development studies, agronomy, or nutrition, would be an added advantage.
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