Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than
25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors
and partners alike.
Creative is pursuing a five-year USAID/West Africa Peace through Learning, Evaluation, and Adapting Activity (PELA) in Ghana. The purpose of PELA is to strengthen USAID/West Africa’s effectiveness implementing its projects; coordinating its activities; learning
from its experiences; and serving as an information, communication, and thought-leader regarding peace promotion and countering violent extremism (CVE) in the West Africa region.
The Chief of Party (COP) provides overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise for the program and serves as the primary liaison with USAID/Ghana on management and technical matters. S/he will oversee all the activities and ensure the program
meets stated goals, outcomes, benchmarks and reporting requirements. The COP ensures compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant donor rules and regulations. The COP must have experience working in complex, politically charged, unstable
environments, working across different cultures, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines across a broad geographic area.
Reporting & Supervision:
The Chief of Party will report to the Project Director based in Washington, DC.
- Expert-level contributions to evaluation and learning activities
- Technical direction, managerial support and fiscal oversight of assigned projects;
- Technical leadership and management of the project;
- Dynamic representation of Creative before clients and critical audiences; and
- Supervision and nurturing of staff in the field and the corporate office.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in social sciences, economics, international development, evaluation research, statistics, or a related field; Master’s degree is preferred;
- A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience, including experience in designing, managing and implementing results-based M&E;
- A minimum of two (2) years’ experience working on a program with a CVE component is preferable;
- Experience modifying and applying collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) approaches;
- Experience working in West Africa is required; experience working in Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad or Cameroon is highly desirable but not required;
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge establishing systems and overseeing start-up under limited time constrains as well as program close-out;
- Experience in the hiring and supervising of host country local personnel and ensuring, when need arises, that they secure necessary training required to meet program needs;
- Financial management experience, including budgeting; financial management (tracking, reporting, and accounting); and procurement;
- Experience with activity design, development, and implementation;
- Strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to mentor staff;
- Past representational experience with host governments, other donors, and civil society and demonstrated success with inter-agency coordination and joint programming;
- Fluency in French and English required;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and
- Strong analytical capacity.
Local and regional candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.
Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.