At CARE, we seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live with dignity and security.
This has been our vision since 1945, when we were founded to send lifesaving CARE Packages® to survivors of World War II. Today, CARE is a global leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. In 2015, CARE worked in 95 countries and reached 65 million people with an incredible range of life-saving programs. We also put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We seek dynamic, innovative thinkers to further our mission. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.
CARE seeks a Chief of Party to be based in Washington, D.C. for an anticipated USAID Bureau of Food Security project, “Advancing Women’s Empowerment.”
This procurement is expected to result in a five-year project in the $10-$25-million range. The Chief of Party is accountable for the overall vision and leadership of the project and is accountable for delivering results. The successful candidate should possess significant experience managing program, financial, and operations of USAID- or other international donor-funded projects. The procurement is expected to be released in April 2017 and awarded in September 2017.
This position is subject to project award and funding.
Gender-based inequalities all along the food production chain, “from farm to plate”, impede the equal attainment of food security for men and women, boys and girls. In order to contribute effectively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, development programming will require increased attention to address gender inequalities as key drivers of hunger and poverty. CARE’s food security, livelihoods and nutrition program strategies take into account context-specific issues, including local gender constraints and assets. CARE emphasizes participatory methods of social change and works extensively with partner organizations to build local capacity and generate local leadership for change towards more gender- equitable systems, structures and relationships
- Oversee the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
- Build and maintain productive working relationships with USAID, project partners, and key stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison among all project stakeholders.
- Manage the project’s operational, financial, and administrative priorities; direct the planning and budgeting processes. Create or adapt management systems in line with CARE’s standard operating procedures, ensuring consistency with project needs.
- Build partnerships among international -, national- and community-level stakeholders
- Design and oversee an annual project cycle in accordance with USAID’s annual planning cycles
- With staff and partners, translate project goals and objectives into implementable strategies and plans. Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement. Report against the project’s targets.
- Represent the project at high-level meetings, conferences, and other fora.
- Guide team members to fulfill the project’s strategic goals and objectives.
- Supervise and mentor senior staff, delegating responsibilities as appropriate. Clearly communicate expectations for staff performance.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field.
- Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the international development arena managing projects of a similar size and scope. USAID program management is strongly preferred. Previous Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or senior management experience in food security, resilience, nutrition, and/or gender empowerment is also required.
- Experience mainstreaming gender equality objectives and accountability measures throughout organizational policies, structures, and programs.
- Proven exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of similar-sized international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, supervision and budgeting, and experience managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
- Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
- Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
- Experience recruiting, developing, and managing staff and teams.
- Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
- Experience managing required programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience with M&E is a plus.
- Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required.
- Ability to travel as required.