Nigeria - Chief of Party
SCOPE-- Strengthening the Capacity for Organizational Performance and Engagement
Communities in Transition Division
Start Date: Anticipated in early 2012
Position Location: Nigeria
Creative Associates International is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, DC, the firm has a field presence in 20 plus countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
The Chief of Party will oversee a civil society strengthening program in Nigeria and will be the technical and administrative supervisor of all project activities. S/he will be the senior in-country project representative and will have overall responsibility for coordinating program activities at the highest levels among a diverse group of local stakeholders and beneficiaries. This includes liaising with government officials, USAID personnel, and civil society leaders as well as supervising partnering organizations and sub-grantees. The COP helps ensure timely project implementation, monitoring of activities, and management of project staff and subsidiaries. The COP has ultimate responsibility for project financial accountability and reporting to USAID and Creative Associates home office.
Reporting & Supervision
The Chief of Party reports to Creative's HQ Program Director.
Is responsible for overall technical and financial performance of the project;
Manages/leads in-country staff to ensure that the project is achieving all deliverables;
Ensures that technical, financial, and administrative activities are carried out according to USAID and Creative's policies and procedures;
Manages subcontractors to ensure that their performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements;
Maintains and nurtures Creative's relationship with USAID by communicating on a weekly basis
Successfully manages the project's relationship with local governments/ministries and other stakeholders;
Oversees creation and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation activities;
Engages in frequent, routine communication with the Home Office so that the Project Director is aware of both progress and potential issues. Solicits assistance and input as needed to ensure that the project's performance meets or exceeds technical and financial contractual requirements.
Required Skills & Qualifications
Minimum of a Master's degree in social services, political science, international development, or a related field;
Minimum of 10 years of experience working with civil society development such as NGO development, service delivery improvement, advocacy, conflict mitigation, and local governance strengthening
Demonstrated working experience in Sub-Saharan Africa
Experience in facilitating multi-sectorial collaboration among different technical fields and various type of stakeholders (NGOs, private sector, government, communities, youth groups, and international donors);
Knowledge of Nigerian culture, politics, and economic contexts;
Familiarity with USAID policies and procedures;
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
To apply for this position, please send your résumé and cover letter by e-mail to rms(at)creativedc.com with "Nigeria - Chief of Party CODE:PRP48652" on the subject line. Please note only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please. Creative is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/AA).
Deadline for Applications February 1, 2012 (earlier submissions are encouraged)