The Chief of Party (COP) will provide strategic vision, overall leadership and technical direction to the project. The COP will ensure the project is planned and executed with quality, accountability and measurable impact. The COP will be the primary liaison with USAID, will manage project staff and implementing partners to ensure proper reporting, financial management, and compliance. The COP is expected to provide a vision and technical leadership for project interventions, and must be skilled in adaptive management.
The position will be based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is contingent upon an award to Venture37.
§ Provide dynamic and strategic leadership to the design and implementation of the project activities and oversee program planning, monitoring, reporting, evaluation and overall learning;
§ Oversee project finances, planning, administration, compliance, reporting, and M&E;
§ Ensure successful project implementation and achievement of results on time and within budget;
§ Ensure optimal use of human, financial, and physical resources to successfully meet project milestones, , deliverables, targets and objectives;
§ Ensure mechanisms are in place to monitor and adapt project implementation, including progress toward achieving objectives and targets with high-quality and on-time performance as well as changes in the market system that may be exogenous to project activities;
§ Ensure timely, high-quality, and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by USAID;
§ Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with Venture37 standard operating procedures, USAID policies and regulations, and national policies and laws;
§ Represent project both internally and externally to other donors, stakeholders, implementing partners, and government counterparts;
§ Ensure gender equality and socially-inclusive approaches are integrated into programming and effectively implemented; identify learnings on a regular basis, refining the design as needed to improve social inclusion across project activities;
§ Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations;
§ Create a collaborative organizational culture and facilitate exchange of knowledge for cross-organizational learning.
Skills and Qualifications:
§ A minimum of 10 years’ experience designing, implementing, and managing large, complex projects in/for developing countries, of which at least seven years has been spent in the position of COP, Deputy COP, or a similar role of an enterprise development project;
§ Master’s degree in economics, policy, finance, international development, business administration, agribusiness, or a closely related field is required;
§ Depth and breadth of technical and management expertise in international enterprise development and investment facilitation, particularly in Sri Lanka or similar environment;
§ Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, including proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team;
§ Experience in systems and enabling environment strengthening, capacity building, service delivery, and adaptive management is required;
§ Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations and coalition building among host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies;
§ Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English; and
§ Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume work flow.
The position described above is contingent upon activity award.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.
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