Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in education and other disciplines. RTI’s International Education Division leads education development around the world by strengthening education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning. From our well-established reputation in education system strengthening, to innovative work in early grade assessment and learning, RTI is improving education quality, relevance and efficiency through implementation of projects funded by USAID, DFID, FCDO, The LEGO Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other donors and clients.
The anticipated USAID Improving Pathways to Education (IPE) activity in Honduras aims to increase access to safe, quality basic education for children and youth, by improving socio-economic opportunities, contributing to the multi-sectoral impacts of violence prevention efforts, and decreasing irregular migration. This activity will focus on basic education in Honduras, with a particular focus on the transition grades (Grade 3, Grade 6, and Grade 9. The IPE Activity will be implemented over a five-year period in selected municipalities and communities across Honduras characterized by high levels of out-migration and insecurity.
RTI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) will be responsible for overall project performance, management, and execution ensuring all project deliverables are accomplished within budget and in compliance with applicable rules and regulations. This position will provide project planning, oversight, leadership, and coordination. The COP will build and maintain strong and favorable client, partner, community, home office and team relations. They will provide technical assistance and coordination with the government and technical partners.
Position is contingent upon award and funding.
- Lead the coordination of program activities among a diverse group of stakeholders and beneficiaries including the Ministry of Education, county level officers, civil society, and other partners and stakeholders.
- Lead the annual work plan and budgeting process
- Create and maintain an effective project management team
- Oversee an effective monitoring and evaluation system.
- Manage technical and administrative personnel, as well as subrecipients in the implementation of the project to increase access to safe, quality basic education for children and youth.
- Initiate and drive coordination with other education activities implemented by other education stakeholders as well as relevant activities in other sectors.
- Ensure that all activities conform to the terms and conditions of project requirements, client rules and regulations, including cost, schedule, and quality parameters.
- Serve as primary liaison to USAID/Honduras on management and strategic issues to maximize impact at scale, minimize costs, and amplify efficiency and sustainability in achieving project requirements.
- Represent RTI, USAID and the project with key beneficiaries and stakeholders in public and international forums. Implement a robust project communications strategy to ensure strong visibility of the project’s impact and achievements overall.
- Provide overarching leadership and direction across all technical and functional areas including technical implementation, monitoring and evaluation, finance, operations, reporting, communications, and human resources.
- Manage and control funds and other resources for the project and associated sub-recipients and grants as required.
- Prepare status reports, budget information and other documentation as needed.
- Contribute to the body of knowledge through the writing of blogs, lessons learned, participation in local and international conferences, and scientific journals.
- Develop and implement practices to ensure a high level of staff morale and retention.
- Work collaboratively with the home office project support team, providing regular updates about the project’s progress.
- Master’s degree in education or related field and 14 years of relevant professional experience, or PhD/EdD and 8 years of relevant professional experience.
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in basic education intervention activities of similar scope and scale, including 5 years of experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in Latin America.
- Minimum of 5 years’ substantive experience as a senior manager with direct oversight and accountability for project deliverables on large international donor programs working with counterparts at various levels of government, private sector leaders, and other stakeholders.
- Ability to work in complex environments, work across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: governance for transparent, effective, responsive education systems; access to and retention of inclusive, quality education programming for marginalized learners; and improvements to safety and learning conditions is preferred.
- Experience and knowledge of capacity development and professional development is preferred.
- Ability to promote operational excellence through familiarity with best practices in budget management, financial controls, procurement norms, and human resource management in the public sector.
- Ability to rapidly and concisely prepare written progress updates and other deliverables in English that effectively synthesize multiple information inputs from other team members at central and subnational levels.
- Knowledgeable and experienced with international development contracting policies and procedures, specifically USAID.
- Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.