Chief of Party: Ethiopia ECE Activity
RTI’s International Education Division leads education development around the world by strengthening pre-primary and primary education policy, management and practice in order to achieve measurable improvement in teaching and learning and improved outcomes for children. From our well-established reputation in early childhood development and 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, FCDO, The LEGO Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other donors and clients.
RTI is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded Early Childhood Education Activity in Ethiopia, which aims to increase the effectiveness of the early childhood education system. The specific objective is to strengthen system capacity to provide, oversee and coordinate continuous high-quality, responsive early childhood development and education, at the federal, regional, woreda, kebele and household levels. The COP will be responsible for overall project performance, management, and execution ensuring all project deliverables are accomplished within budget and in compliance with award specifications. This position will provide project planning, financial oversight, leadership of staff, and coordination with government and non-governmental partners. 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 to maximize the positive impact of the Activity.
- Holds primary responsibility for project performance and budget management.
- Leads planning, oversight and coordination of all project activities and personnel, both operational and technical.
- Ensures all project deliverables exceed expectations and are managed within budget.
- Manages client relations and serves as primary liaison and RTI representative with the client and stakeholders, including government, regarding overall policy, resource mobilization and allocation, joint initiatives and coordination of project management and planning.
- Ensures internal integration of project activities through 1) the annual work plan and budgeting process; 2) creating and maintaining an effective management team; and 3) overseeing an effective monitoring and evaluation system.
- Provides overarching leadership and direction across all technical and functional areas including technical implementation, monitoring and evaluation, finance, operations, reporting, communications, and human resources.
- Initiates and drives coordination with other early childhood and basic education activities implemented by other education stakeholders, such as USAID-funded partners, the World Bank, UNICEF, and GPE.
- Liaises with RTI Africa Regional Office and operations business partners per RTI policy.
- Ensures that all staff receive adequate security and operational support and that Standard Operating Procedures are implemented.
- Manages all aspects of staffing and maintaining a clear organizational structure with specific roles and responsibilities and clear reporting lines.
- Remains in close contact with the home office, providing regular presentations and updates about the project’s progress.
- May participate in business development activities including meetings with prospective clients.
- Master’s degree in human development, early years education, international development, or other relevant field and 15 years of experience, or PhD and 8 years of experience
- Minimum of 8 years of experience in similar international early childhood or basic education intervention activities, including 5 years of experience managing complex international donor-funded development activities in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on East Africa. Experience leading programs in Ethiopia preferred.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of capacity development and professional development is preferred.
- Knowledgeable and experienced with international development contracting policies and procedures, specifically USAID.
- Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Oral and written communication skills in Amharic preferred.
- Ability to travel and work throughout Ethiopia.
Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above. Examples include: remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1.